A Hero Will Rise.
Gladiator is an epic film of love, death and betrayal set in the Roman Empire. General Maximus' success in battle earns the favour of an elderly Emperor at the expense of the Emperor's son. In a fit of jealous rage the son slays his father before turning his anger towards Maximus. Now reduced to a slave, his family dead, Maximus must fight as a Gladiator to gain his freedom, and his revenge.
My only regret is that I was in my 20s when this movie came out, and not in my early teens, when I would have surely gone outside with my friends and played Gladiator for a solid two months. Alas, I only got to shout 'ARE YOU NOT AMUSED' a few times in socially awkward situations, what a loss.
As I am a stubborn cunt.
Many years ago I argued with a mate, that Gladiator, in no way, could be better than Braveheart. He said that it was.
I am clearly right.
Gladiator is epic film making. So epic in fact that during those epic battle scenes, shit gets so epic you can't actually see what the fuck is going on.
Ridley and Russell are solid in what they do, and they dragged this dull fest to 5 Academy Awards. It does look amazing. So fair do's.
I'd certainly give it the "best fight scene" Oscar, but in between I was bored.
There is a lot to be said about being a stubborn cunt.
While winning an Academy Award does not automatically make a film good, you are left with the impression that it should, at the very least, be well made. Effects have come a long way in the past twelve years but the heavy CGI effects in Gladiator come out looking extremely dated and really hinder the overall look of the film. Even the props look like, well, props.
I also had issues with the depths of the characters, I came away from the film liking one minor character and that could be because I have a huge crush on Tommy Flanagan.
I can not say I have avoided Gladiator for all these years but I had to wait until it was…
One of the most overrated movies ever. Unconvincing acting, historically incorrect and uncharacteristically bad directing.
Part of my "You haven't Seen That?" - The Aughts List
When this first started I just knew I was going to hate it. You have the text giving you background information that really isn't necessary. You have the terrible score by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard which sound like it came from either one of the Pirates of the Carribean movies or some superhero film. You have the first battle, a blue blob of shapes smashing into other shapes. You have the entire first act that just drags on and on for 45 minutes (I swear it felt like an hour though...)
And then magically a good movie appears! The story builds quickly and purposefully. The action is…
"ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!"
Yes, I am very entertained. How kind of you to ask.
Word 'epic' is being tossed around frequently lately, but there are only few movies that truly deserve it. Gladiator is one of them, and it's only Scott's 3rd best film. It's an example of master storytelling with two paralel storylines progressing throughout the film, and finylly meeting after perfectly measured amount of time. One being about Maximus' (Crowe) reputation building as The Gladiator, and other being about simultaneously ploting conspiracy in the heart of Rome.
As expected from Ridley Scott, film is directed very well, and he managed to recreate atmosphere of that time very well. It's unnecessary to say how great Crowe's performance in this is. One thing worth pointing out is Hans Zimmer's beautiful score that put him…
The word epic is overused but this is epic. The scale is huge and the actors are good. This is the now the second thing that Russell Crowe is in where he's not bad. Admittedly I did want him to sing like he's in Les Mis. The sets were extravagant and the scenes were literally epic. The scenes with Joaquin Phoenix were uneasy and literally chilling. The story the narrative structure and the scenes all fitted the epic scale of the film. The fighting is a highlight as well as the hideously obvious gas cylinder powering a chariot.
It's rare I feel so mixed about a film. On one hand this film is beautifully crafted and a spectacle. However, on the other it's shallow and lacks a true human quality. The main issue that I find with this film is that it has no true sense of self. On one hand it tries to be profound and on the other it tries to be an entertaining pop film, and I do not think that it walked the line between the two gracefully enough to earn high praise for me. If this film actually decided to commit to one side or the other it would be a top tier film, but, lacking identity, it falls to mediocrity.
Last time I saw this was probably around 6-7 years ago. The gore and fighting definitely appealed to me more when I was younger but it's still a well acted, passionate, interesting and original movie, well worth its credit.
Me, Crow, and Jackie Chan share the same birthday.
Russell Crowe delivers a stellar performance. Story line is simple, with a warrior who seeks vengeance towards the emperor of Rome. He gets his chance by fighting through warriors in the coliseum and becomes "The Gladiator".