So I am about 2000 words into my review right now, but nowhere near a point of publication yet. I realize my fatal flaw, being lack of brevity. I am also realizing there is so much in this movie that only comes to light once you think of it.
So here’s the deal. I am going to work on the synopsis/review, but I want to see the movie one more time, and have more time to write this thing.
Here’s the dirty little secret of the movie though.
There are roles and messages in this movie that the left don’t want you to see. You see the hero, Leonidas, decides to fight a war he knows has little political support, and despite the odds being against him, he wages on, even after his allies waiver. You see the corruption of politics, the notion of pride in one’s nation and way of life, and the duty one feels to defend it at all costs.
More at a later date.
( So a little RF behind the scenes of an email exchanged between me and my accompaniment to the movie, IE my GF to see where this is, or the thought process behind. [numbers] are to help you follow, as this is our stream of consciousness way of interacting and such. I sent her the first 1000 or so words to see what she thought. The following took place from there. )
At 10:54 She wrote:
 So far so good. I assume that you’ll warn your readers to be prepared for the death of horses. Just saying.
 In reality, the Spartans owned slaves themselves, even while being vehemently against their own slavery. And sometimes perfection isn’t available, but the Spartan’s knew that their way was better. The Revolutionary war springs to mind.
 I guess that in my eyes, the biggest thing to take away from the movie is that Western Civilization is worth fighting for . . . even if few show up for the battle.
 Errrr, how about I let you write the review and shutup? Sorry.
 One last thing, and this actually gets to me in quite a few movies. The politicians are represented as mindless twits who would rather argue than act. I know that none of us wants a dictatorship because that is an insult to freedom. But as a postscript, the politicians get it right and after the sacrifice of a few, are ready to defend freedom with every resource that they have. I don’t know what the next battle was . . . but it would be interesting to know if the Greeks won. (consider this whole last paragraph as a note to me to do a little research).
My reply at 10:58 after another 1000 or so words she hadn’t yet seen:
 after 2000 or so words and not even being to the battle scenes I figured I couldn’t just hammer this out. Will you ever let the horses go?
 there’s a lesson for today there too, but I have neither the brain power nor energy to go there now.
 That’s exactly it. Those who know it is worth it, do fight for it. Others fight against the fight, for their own crude power.
 yeah, but no you make good points.
 No, that’s it. Politicians lose relevancy when men with swords are more powerful or important. When there’s the chance of negotiating, they rule, when arms be taken they are meaningless and powerless. that’s the point of the movie. They use their power to garner more of it. Once the world doesn’t revolve around them, or those swindled to give them power no longer trust them as all knowing, all bets are off.
The key is that they portray that politicians will do anything to get what they want, IE the slime ball politician raping Leo’s wife and eluding to getting what he most cherished. He thought it was of flesh that Leo did desire, but it was of soul. His wife believed as he did in freedom. That’s the whole point or story to be taken. Freedom trumps feelings.
Her reply at 11:15:
You just wrote your review.
My reply I didnâ€™t send:
But I really want to beat a dead horse â€¦ (kidding)
But what I was really wondering was: How did I get so lucky?
More will follow.