A few months ago on the History Channel, saw a documentary on the "real story of the 300." That background gave me an added appreciation for the situation in which the Spartans found themselves.
Back in 7th grade, I remember Mrs. Boyar teaching us that in Sparta, the women would say to the men prior to battle, "come back with your shield or on it," so I was excited to see that verbatim in the movie. Interesting what we recall 20 years down the road.
The cinematography was superb, the effects also stunning, particularly the use of slow-motion. Gory, very gory, indeed and not for the faint of heart, but by watching it, you honor King Leonidas and the 300-let their deaths in the name of freedom against tyranny never be forgotten!