If you are a fan of the first 300 movie…prepare yourselves. FOR. GLORY.
This is by far one of the greatest sequels I’ve ever seen. You can’t even call it a sequel. That is how badass it is. They had to go above and beyond and make this movie a sequel, prequel, AND subplot to the original.
I won’t even try to compare it to the first one. This one stands on its own. It isn’t better than the first one. It isn’t worse. It is different and great in its own right. Thanks largely in part to the incomparable, majestic, and transcendent Eva Green. I’ve been saying it since Kingdom of Heaven, this woman needs to be in all the movies.
She is just ONE of the great things about Rise of an Empire. The costumes are ten thousand times better and more elaborate than the first film. Blue is the new red people! Don’t even get me started on Eva Green’s costumes. Time to start preparing for Halloween! And let’s talk about that kick ass soundtrack! I just found my new workout playlist. If everyone worked out to this music, we would all have six pack abs like Gerard Butler. Awwww….miss him.
The new lead is no Gerard Butler, but he sure is a nice addition to the cast. So what if he hasn’t quite nailed whatever accent he was supposed to have. I’m guessing by the accent he did have, that he is Australian. Whatever, I’m not complaining. Put his fine strange accent self in all the movies too.
The blood and action is a bit more cartoonish than the first, but it is still quite a spectacle and not nearly as foolish as some of these other reviewers are making it out to be. The action is much faster, yet still gives us those slow motion shots we all loved from the first movie.
I’m pretty sure they threw in Hans Matheson just for me. I don’t even think they gave him a name. But thanks casting director. I appreciate it. He is one of my faves.
Oh right! Xerxes is in this movie too…but wait. Isn’t that the guy from Love Actually? Yes ladies. It is. And we even get to see him without all that gold chains and piercings nonsense for a bit, looking like your average Persian hottie about to turn into a psycho and create destruction. Don’t worry. He kind of disappears for a while once he becomes the idiot God king we all hate. Or perhaps I was just too dazed by all the awesomeness going on around him.
How can the film be better? With more Butler and Fassbender…but…you know. Not every movie can bring back the dead. They did manage to intertwine the original movie into this one extremely well. I’ll leave how they do so a surprise. No spoilers here.
So what do you want from this…pre-se-subplot-guel? Blood and gore. Check. Hot men in underwear. Check. Badass women. Check. Memorable sex scenes. CHECK. Seriously. I’m still trying to recover from that one.
Leave the kids at home. Take ALL your friends. Ready your breakfast and eat hearty…for tonight, we dine in hell!