Now, let me go on the record as saying that this is not a movie for kittens or even for M-Cats-in-training. There is a lot of graphic violence and themes that more mature cats may not find suitable for the kits.
For those of you who don't know, "300" is based on actual events in ancient Greek history: the Battle of Thermopylae between the Spartans and the invading Persians. While the movie certainly contains some sensationalism and anachronisms, it still gets across the gist of what happened in this pivotal battle. "300" has managed to serve as a reminder of how past wars and politics are eerily echoed in the world we know today. It also is a stirring account of how a small group of men were able to stand against the might of an entire invading army . . . and almost win.
"300" has a riveting storyline, which depicts political intrigue, religious corruption, bravery, romance, and epic battles. There is something in it for almost anyone. It also has a wonderful use of music, light, and color, which serves to give the entire film a unique appearance and feel. The filmmakers made a concerted effort to echo the dramatic artistry shown in the original graphic novel, even down to the costumes worn by the actors, and they succeeded. This film is an intriguing blend of live-action and computer generation. It is truly a wonder to watch.
From my earlier description, and my initial dedication, you may think that is movie is only for mancats. This isn't so. For example, my mommy loves the film for its subject matter (she was a history/anthropology major in undergrad), its unique style, and for Gerard Butler and what she terms his "8-pack abs." Holly and Ivy appreciate it for all of the big animals the Persian army has . . . they particularly like the elephants. And who can deny the appeal of fervently shouted lines such as "This is SPARTAAAAAAAAA!" and "TONIGHT WE DINE IN HELL!"
I definitely recommend this as a film worth viewing for more mature cats, who don't mind a lot of violence. Also, the elite Persian forces wear masks which might be a bit skairty for a few kitties. However, if you don't mind these things, or a bit of human nudity, then you should give this film a try. I give this film two paws up for its artisty and unique style.