Imagine a cross between Gladiator, Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan, The Alamo (not the recent movie), and with a dash of Dangerous Liaisons.
Yeah, so it's pretty much an instant classic for any red-blooded American male.
The storyline is as emotionally gripping as Braveheart and Saving Private Ryan. Men are allowed to cry during this movie. Frankly speaking, if your heart is not moved by King Leonidas' rallying speech, then you're lacking in man-parts or a heartbeat.
However, the story takes a backseat to the visuals: the look and feel of the movie is visually stunning, truly jaw-dropping. Each frame is a work of art worthy of an oil-canvas painting. The colors are vivid, edits done with precision, framing, timing, all top-notch. This is a very technically well-done movie. The fact that it was done so well with a shoe-string budget makes it an even more impressive feat.
The action is top-notch, more exciting than Normandy Beach, more savage than the colosseums of Gladiator, more futile than the Alamo. Gory at times, but stylishly and abstractly so - definitely easier to take in than the all-too-real blood and guts of Saving Private Ryan.
I absolutely loved this movie. Not completely, for there were a few uneven spots (some minor dialogue issues, some over-the-top scenes), and the extraneous (but short-lived) nudity. However, none of these issues were enough to make a dent in my overall impression. I recommend any man to see 300, although you may want to keep the remote handy.
Anarchangel's review, and history behind the movie