I haven't seen a movie in a long time where I really thought the director knew exactly what he was doing. As gory as this movie is supposed to be, it was tastefully done and with a lot of style. The fighting is simply beautiful, even if there is blood flying at your face. The way the important colours stand out, like the Spartan capes, makes this movie a visual treat.
Spartan women are well portrayed, particularly the queen who delivers some great lines. She played Kitty from the Jungle Book, which I've seen numerous times. It's nice to see her in this role. The men are trained to kill from birth. As barbaric and testosterone filled as it seemed, it filled you with a sense of power, in a moving way like Braveheart. I can imagine for the guys they'd probably want to hit the gym and work on their six pack. I've never seen so many abs in my life.
It's hard to see that the guy who plays the King is Gerard Butler who plays the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera. Overall a fanastic movie, and worth seeing at the IMAX.