Well, it’s Shamqadri, but since he’s currently the Mouth of Sauron, who’s to quibble?
300 does indeed insult Persian civilisation.
It’s meant to, as the entire thing revolves around a story told at Plataea. That may confuse movie-goers who have never heard of said battle, but it’s absolutely 100% in context. The movie is, intentionally, Spartan war propaganda.
Does it take liberties with history? Tons. For starters, I wanted to see the Apple Bearers. I mean, seriously: anybody who extinguishes Babylonian civilization can’t be all that bad, right? Having the Immortals look like bad kung-fu ninja demons out of a comic book, was kind of like watching a movie based on a comic book.
Which is, in fact, what 300 is. So, all in all, I guess my only REAL problem is that they break formation too goddamned much (though, happily, they DO kill off a guy for being lax in obeying orders)…. not that they take liberties with history. For example, the dweeb up in Canada who doesn’t like the movie, yet opens his critique with
thus declaring that although he is a Hellenist, he’s primarily a post-modern historian (and boring as all crap, too: his writing screams “look at me, I know jargon!”), and therefore utterly lacking in anything resembling detachment, even if he, too, thinks they break ranks too goddamned much. Which is a pity, because all of his historical critiques are spot, and let me emphasize this, spot-fucking-on, and worth checking out.
So, let me put it this way: if you’re not stupid enough to expect history from Hollywood, and want a simple story where the good guys are good and the bad guys are freaks, in which there’s a ton of bloodshed, it’s a better movie choice than the most of the usual fare.
–Posting will be slow over the weekend, as tomorrow morning I am taking the Bunnywife on a “get me out of this town before I explode” emergency vacation.