The Persians, pioneers in the art of facial piercing, have vastly greater numbers â€” including ninjas, dervishes, elephants, a charging rhino and an angry bald giant â€” but the Spartans clearly have superior health clubs and electrolysis facilities. They also hew to a warrior ethic of valor and freedom that makes them, despite their gleeful appetite for killing, the good guys in this tale. (It may be worth pointing out that unlike their mostly black and brown foes, the Spartans and their fellow Greeks are white.) But not all the Spartans back in Sparta support their king on his mission. A gaggle of sickly, corrupt priests, bought off by the Persians, consult an oracular exotic dancer whose topless gyrations lead to a warning against going to war.
Nobody writes movie reviews as hilarious as New York Times’ A.O. Scott. Loving it!