Yesterday I geeked out with Brian in Austin. We saw "300." It's a dramatized story about a small group of 300 Spartans that defends a strategic emplacement (Thermopolae) against a massive invasion from Persia. It's based on a Frank Miller graphic novel, which is in turn inspired by an older film.
It was dark and gritty, just as all things Frank Miller seem to be. The acting was... okay... but what makes it a good movie is the highly stylized coloration and a very enjoyable soundtrack. A word of warning: it is not for the squeamish.
Here's the thing that gets me: The other day, I read a news article on CNN.com about how the entire nation of Iran seems to be up in arms about the movie. Aparantly, there are many who call it an "insult to the Persian culture." Movie theaters showing it are empty, and people are outraged, claiming that the film is propaganda for a U.S. war against Iran.
Here's the thing: even if you lose a battle, you still get to write the history books if you win the war.
Movies about the Alamo don't play real big in Mexico.
"Braveheart" and "The Patriot" were flops in England.
It stands to reason, therefore, that "300" will not be well-liked in Iran.
Quite frankly, I was surprised it was released there at all.