300: The Rise of an Empire--or 302--is the follow up to 2007's film 300. I've never been too high on 300 and thought that it was always about the visuals instead of the story itself. However, over the years I have learned to appreciate the story a little bit more. With that said, I didn't hate this film. It was actually pretty decent. Although we aren't as shocked and awed at the visuals this time around as we already know what to expect, it is still cool to watch. And because the filmmakers know this, it becomes less reliant on aesthetics to carry this film along and more on story--maybe that's why I wasn't as annoyed this time around. Unfortunately it's not an earth-shattering story, but the way it's told is very unique. It tells of the events that happened before, during, and after the events of the first film. It expands the universe of the film and therefore makes for a pretty cool experience for those who loved 300.
Although not the best film in the world, this movie creates a very good compliment to the first and doesn't feel unnecessary in my opinion. I may favor the watching this film over the other, but the appeal may not be quite as magnetic while watching it and the casual fan might feel slightly jaded by all of the visuals.