I thought, while watching this movie, the director must love Hero. Later I found out that cinematographer on this movie, Larry Fong, was also most wonderfully responsible for Hero. It also reminded me of Gladiator except that it was shorter. And because of Queen Gorgo (Lena Hedley).
The storyline is concentrated on one event, 300 hundred Spartans versus a horde of D&D monsters. Everything was spelled out so I wasn’t distracted from the content of the film. Guys hacking and slashing in not much clothes.
The Persian ‘god’ king sends his envoy to King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) of Sparta demanding submission. Spartans believe in strength and freedom above all else, and King Leo will not capitulate. Unfortunately, he’s caught within the strictures of custom from mustering the Spartan army.
He calls for volunteers.