I enjoyed it as well. I went with the other folks in the Classics Department of my university. The fact that it looked like the graphic novel come alive was great; the fact that it sounded like a graphic novel was unfortunate. The Battle of Thermopylae is a wonderful story: a small force, doomed to lose, against a greater; the rational West against the superstitious East; free men against slaves; treachery; sacrifice. The film does not add any new themes that the ancient Greeks did not talk about (except for the romance), but I fear that the story could be used to manipulate people politically: "All they needed was more troops. The West stands for beauty, health, rationality, freedom, but the East stands for people whose bodies mortify because of either neglect or decadence and who are enslaved to tyrants and a primitive faith."