What impressed me the MOST is that almost everything is polished and finished to perfection. Every finer of the nuances, be it expression, dialogue, war scene, or costume, it has been meticulously attended to. Visual effect is just toooooo good. The confidence shown by the Spartans as protrayed in the movie will definitely have a positive impression on you even while you are walking out of the theatres! And not to forget the examplary leadership but Leonidas and loyalty of his armymen.
Xerxes' Persian army has extraordinary force comprised of physical oddities, brute strength, wild African animals, magic practitioners, and his elite guard, called the Immortals. Featuring some of the best battle scenes ever, mere 300 Spartans fight'em all, proving to be the most formidable fighting force known to man. Forming an impregnable phalanx – where each warrior's shield protects the man next to them – the Spartans live by the code of no retreat, no surrender. And they sure don't take any prisoners when it comes to awarding out the punishment!
And yes, it's WORTH watching in theatre, on your small computer/TV screen, sans surround sound system, you will miss the whole essence of special effects. At least I didn't regret watching it, esp. when I predicted some time back that this is one of the movies to look up to as a great entertainer! And oh, I missed Deja Vu & Blood Diamond already. But thanks to holiday last Monday, I could catch up with 300.
Worth a watch for any FX-fanatic and even war-movie fanatic alike.
My rating: 9/10
Note: For people who say the movie is very gory, please have a glimpse at Apocalypto!!! It's just disgusting :-( I could barely watch through the end! But 300 is differnt. Some scenes do have graphic dimemberments of body parts and blood spurting, but it's a part of any war movie and it won't hit you too hard. But do consider it, if you are a little faint hearted!