300: Rise of an Empire ½

I’ll grant that 300: Rise of an Empire wasn’t a great movie. It wasn’t even a particularly good movie. And I’ll be the first to admit that its hypersexualized-repressed-male-fantasy-violence-porn style, mind-numbing misogyny, and excessive CG blood represents pretty much everything wrong with our culture.

Waiting for a “but”? You won’t find one from me. This was a terrible movie — a “guilty pleasure” flick that didn’t even manage to be guiltily pleasurable — which I hated so much that it retroactively made me dislike the original. I would write more, but why make more of an effort than the screenwriter?