The film 300: Rise of an Empire is a stunning visual treat, with most of the battles taking place in the sea, and supported by an excellent 3D design. But one has to navigate through the slush of blood and gore, to appreciate it. Other than the tone and texture, this movie doesn’t have much in common with 300, that was released in 2007.
A few excerpts from Forbes review. (Web link here)
The film is technically more of a “side-sequel” to Snyder’s 300, with most of the film taking place at the same time as the first picture. The picture has bits of back story and continues after the first film concluded, but mostly it is a concurrent story, showing the same major overall battle on the brutal and unforgiving seas.
She(Eva Green) is worth the price of admission all by herself, and if there were more female roles of this nature in major studio releases I’d complain a heck of a lot less
The film once again shows that be it as a director or a producer, Zack Snyder is among the very best filmmakers in terms of big-scale fantasy action. Everything looks dazzling and everything is perfectly framed and coherently edited for maximum razzle-dazzle.
The first film played well across all demographics, offering beefy eye-candy for women and gay men and large-scale action for men and women of both orientations. This one does the same, with Eva Green also offering prurient interest for those so inclined while also giving the best performance in the film.
The burning question is whether or not seven years is too long to wait for a sequel to 300.
Couldn’t agree with Scott Mendelson more. I saw 300 in 2007, in San Frisco. And it is a long wait indeed