300: Rise of an Empire – review
In 2007, the first adaptation of Frank Miller’s historically liberal graphic novel struck a chord. Suddenly, toga parties made a comeback. Rugby teams the world over began trading 300 quotes over European stag nights. Everyone likes a good underdog story, and the idea of three hundred (unfeasibly hard) men holding off a million certainly ticked that box. Then there was the rampant homoeroticism and stylised presentation, which made it equally hilarious and epic. 300: Rise Of An Empire tries, and partially succeeds, to replicate the same formula. Textbook sequel syndrome. But curiously, this isn’t really a sequel.