It’s a giant prologue that references the original 300, and in the last five minutes of the film it reaches a new plot point. The film felt slow, even though lots of people were fighting and bloodshed was everywhere. What made the first 300 film interesting was the stylized and campy esthetic. With the over-the-top blood effects and saturated cinematography, it was successful. The previous film was full of cliched lines like, “This is Sparta!” or “ Tonight we dine in Hell.” that people quoted and still quote to this day. However that formula didn’t translate in the sequel.
The overall color tone was darkened in this film right down to the blood. Shooting the film in 3D was a mistake, as it did not translate well in 2D. Certain shots that were strictly geared toward 3D effects seemed slow and out of place. The writers recycled lines from the first film, which was insulting to the audience. It was as if they assumed we weren’t paying attention but wait, what if you didn’t see the first film? Don’t worry, they go on and on about it and rehash everything that happened ten times over. The acting was as good as expected…which was mediocre to say the least.
That all being said, the movies main problems came from the art direction and screenplay. It’s entertaining, as long as you don’t expect much or you can just wait for it to come out on DVD.