Liberals abhor the message of 300: Rise Of An Empire (like this New Jersey critic, who didn't even understand 300) for at least two reasons: first, it decidedly rejects "freedom without consequence or responsibility" (twice it rejects this lifestyle) which is the liberal platform and secondly, it calls for everyone to rise up and defend their liberty and freedom against tyrants, which is not what the White House wants to hear in the wake of its increasing tyranny and abuse of power. With heart and mind the liberal agenda is cut down in every single scene of this film, practically crucifying them upon their own Marxist principles. The film delivers a powerful visual experience and a philosophical narrative that reaches into your heart and reminds you of what it is to be an American, which is exactly what it was meant to do.
|300: Rise Of An Empire (hereafter, 300 RE) shares many similarities with 300, including the timeline of events (so the writers skillfully remind you of what's happening with Leonides and his bodyguard during 300 RE which happens concurrently). Another similarity is the oral tradition: in 300, Dilios (David Wenham) recounts the tale of Leonides to Spartans as they prepare to wage war against Persia and, in 300 RE, it's Queen Gorgo herself who tells her warriors about the history of Xerxes and Artemisia, Leonides and Themistocles). Why? The ancients knew the power of hearing a story, not just sitting back in a theater chair, or your couch at home, passively receiving images and dialogue, but someone telling you a story because that creates a bond: the story teller must tell, and the listener must listen. When someone tells a story, they impart to that story their own breath of life, and when someone listens to that story, they receive that breath of life giving birth to the people and events to which they listen within their heart, so the listener, rather than just being passive, becomes a participant in the story through the activity of listening and thereby enters into the events. This is how the bond is created and sustained through the narrative. In The Legend Of Hercules vs Pompeii, we contrasted the two highly similar plot lines of the films and examine how, in spite of so many similarities, The Legend Of Hercules is pro-capitalist, while Pompeii is a pro-socialist film. What is the difference between art and propaganda? Art reminds you of what you have always believed, of what the culture's accepted norms of behavior are and why; propaganda and indoctrination begin exposing the audience to behavior that is different than the accepted norms with the intended goal of undermining those norms and eroding the culture's value base. 300 RE re-establishes the value base in America by demonstrating why we believe what we believe, while revealing the liberal agenda trying to destabilize America's identity.|
"Themistocles" means "glory of the law" and we certainly can't say that applies to Obama, or any member of his Administration (or the majority of Congress), can we? From the Fast and Furious scandal, the NSA spying scandal, the IRS targeting scandal, the opulent vacations on taxpayers dollars, the criminal charges against Obamacare and its atrocious website, the scandals with the Belgium ambassador and his sex ring, the Benghazi deaths and running of weapons to jihadists in Syria, the betrayal of Israel and accommodations for Iran's (Persia's) nuclear facilities, Obama's hundreds of executive orders against the American people (including the seizuire of property and resources and declaring martial law during peace time, indefinite detention and use of drones to kill American citizens without due process), etc., the only two people Obama has carried out the law against is an anonymous guy who dared to criticize him via Twitter, and a woman who took a phone call from Sean Hannity. Not for one moment, can anyone even try to convince me that Themistocles is an "Obama figure."
Queen Gorgo does mention that Themistocles started out as a mere soldier and rose to prominence because of his feats upon the battlefield, including killing King Darius; what is not included, however, is how incredibly difficult it was for Themistocles to accomplish that and he was born of obscure parents but became one of the most beloved Athenians of all time; just the little of his story included in the film is sufficient to make liberals sick and Americans cheer, because he is not only what many Americans are, self-made, but what many of us hope yet to become. If more of Themistocles real biography had been included in the film, it would not have been believed. How, then, can we contrast this to Xerxes and what becomes of him?
|Who is Artemisia? She was a real woman who did side with Xerxes, was a female commander of a navy, was highly intelligent and decisive in all her affairs; that, however, is about all she has in common with the Artemisia of 300 RE. As I said, history films never have anything to do with history--you want history? Go watch a documentary--rather, history films are vehicles for the here and the now, so artistic license is employed to encode and create metaphors in attempts to persuade the audience of the film's message; don't hold a history book up by which to measure Hollywood, because you will always be disappointed and you will have missed the point. For example: the film tells us that the Artemisia in the film was born Greek, but Helots had an uprising and killed her family then raped the little Artemisia and turned her into a child sex-slave, leaving her on a street to die. This is an unimaginable terror and horror for this to happen to a child, to any person, but in art, there is a reason this happens, and there are at least two ways to look at it. First, like Themistocles rising up in the ranks, so, too, does Artemisia when she is discovered and taught to fight. Unlike Themistocles, Artemisia doesn't use her own experience in an attempt to alleviate the suffering of others, or turn her bad experiences into a positive blessing for others: the scenes of her family being murdered mirror those we see when Xerxes begins burning Athens, so instead of using her powerful position for a greater good (like Themistocles in dedicating himself to the preservation of Greece) she uses her position for herself and the advancing of evil. This is clearly demonstrated in the scar on Artemisia's neck (almost like a curling iron burn): the right side of a person symbolizes their strength, the left is their weakness, and her scar (we never find out from what) is on her left side; the neck symbolizes what guides us in life, what has a hold of us (like an invisible leash we wear) so this ambiguous scar symbolizes the scars of her early life when she was too young/weak to do anything about protecting/defending herself and this scar is what leads her (recall, if you will, she vowed not to return to Greece until she watched it burn; if she were a happy, balanced person, would she make a vow like that?). So, what does this mean? Why change a powerful female character's background from that of royalty to orphan and slave? Part of it is to juxtapose her rise with Themistocles' rise, but also to create a parallel with someone in society today: who does Artemisia most closely resemble? Feminists. That Artemisia occupies a position of power over a military post isn't sufficient to justify her being a symbol of Feminism--after all, Queen Gorgo occupies a position of power over all of Sparta, but we can't identify her with anything particularly liberal or pertaining to Feminism--but the destruction of Artemisia's family and her early exposure to sexuality does (please please please remember that this is art and I am not in anyway advocating this to happen to children, art is a metaphor, thank you), in other words, SLAVES BEGET SLAVES. Artemisia is taken by Helots who were a slave class (this is where being the implied viewer and having background knowledge helps) and when the Helots revolted, they destroyed the family and destroyed women with them: the Helot revolt is a metaphor for a Marxist revolution, an uprising of the lower class against an upper-class. Women tend to think Marxist ideology will benefit them so they go along with it and they go along with anything that will "tear down" what they identify as traditional roles of women. Feminists are the primary agent destroying the traditional family today with a plethora of agenda issues (in other words, not just any one issue by itself, but all these put together and, permit me to remind you that I myself am female) including the use of birth control so women don't get pregnant, a career outside the home, not getting married, promiscuous sexual behavior, lesbianism, becoming more masculine in general while supporting the feminization of men. In her support of a tyrant like Xerxes, we can see the political parallels of Feminists supporting the soon-to-be-dictator Obama because they advocate the sate taking control of children and raising them (just like what we saw with the Persian Ambassador taking Artemisia off the streets and training her), the early exposure of girls to sex education and birth control as well as the disruption of the family by not having a father or a mother, or same-sex "parents." There is more to discuss regarding Artemisia and we will below.|
|The burning of Athens and the destruction (supposedly) of democracy. Athens was the capitol of Greece, even, the capitol of the free world. As Queen Gorgo says, "The world listens to every syllable" that comes from Greece because it is the birthplace of learning and enlightenment. Xerxes burns it to the ground. We have recently seen another capitol burned to the ground by someone similar to Xerxes in Olympus Has Fallen (Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart). In Olympus Has Fallen (which grossed significantly more than its liberal counterpart White House Down with Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum) Kang is a communist from North Korea who wants to use America's own nuclear war heads against us (rather like Themistocles using the bow and arrow of a Persian soldier to take out the Persian king Darius). Like Kang taking our leaders hostage and destroying the capitol of the free world, so Xerxes tried to kill the leaders of the free world (he drops Leonides' decapitated head on Athen's streets as the city burns) because both of them hate freedom. In the opening scene, the first few seconds, there is a woman whose dress is ripped off of her and we see how naked and helpless she is as she is killed: she is the symbol of the motherland, she is the symbol of Greece and what was being done to her by the raiders. Now, we couldn't identify with the scene if we didn't feel like it was happening in our own country, that our American motherland is also being raided and destroyed by those who are invading us (please see Cerebrus & the Gates Of Hell: Olympus Has Fallen for more).|
Aeschylus, whose deeds in the war against the Persians were so highly esteemed by the Greeks, that instead of putting his plays upon his tombstone, they commemorated his military feats instead. Aeschylus is the one sitting beside Themistocles when he has been pulled from the water, and so Aeschylus is the one who saved him because in the next scene, Themistocles must face his men and exclaim to them "the burden of my command" that is his to bear because of all the men they have just lost. Which leads us to question, "What did Themistocles' dream mean when he was under the water?"
What does it mean?
|Artemisia and Themistocles fight in this scene near the finale. Two points to make about this: first, the horse Themistocles rides in this incredible action sequence. Where does that horse come from? It's the spirit of Greece. A normal horse would not be able to ride a horse through those crashing ships and fighting soldiers the way Themistocles does, so it must be symbolic of the spirit of rebellion against tyranny that Themistocles must summon in order to save the day and persevere. Secondly, the "climax" of this fight is Themistocles stabbing Artemisia in the stomach, which is the second time we have seen a woman stabbed in the stomach, the other being Helen Mirren's character in The Debt which was meant to be a symbolic abortion (please see The Debt & the Theory Of Chaos for more). The second point is, it's the wind in her hair that makes her realize Spartan ships have arrived, and Themistocles--against the odds or her overwhelming size--has won. Why? Hair symbolizes our thoughts, so when Themistocles stabs her, she realizes her two weapons--his lust and freedom without consequence--have failed to overcome the Athenian. He has proven that (like all the people not signing up for Obamacare) that independence and freedom are better than licentiousness and slavery, in any form.|
Obama as a "messiah" figure, according to liberal Barbara Walters, and the socialism Obama promised his supporters, why not kill him? Because socialism, regrettably, provides a necessary balance to keeping capitalism from becoming savage and its own form of tyranny (for more, please see, The Enemy Of My Enemy: Star Trek Into Darkness). Remember what Artemisia tells Themistocles when he is on her ship: the squabbling bureaucrats are protecting themselves and sending you here to fight their battles; Themistocles dismisses it, but it's something we can't (we know how Congress works).
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