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I ALWAYS TRY TO AVOID SPOILERS.
we do in life echoes in eternity.” Only for some people in certain
circumstances. The rest of us are just worm food.
almost feel bad having this, but here we go...
Crowe is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of
the North, General of the Felix Legions and loyal servant to the true
emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a
murdered wife. And he will have his vengeance, in this life or the
est in horto”
came at a perfect time for me, what with being too stupid for Latin
but nonetheless interested in Roman history, I had to study Classics
at GCSE. I was overjoyed on the film's release with regards to its
reflection of the history I loved. The violent, grisly parts of Roman
history, I must stress. I couldn't tell you a thing about how their
society ran*, hence the C I got overall. Seeing Gladiator in the
cinema was as formative a cinematic experience for me as Saving
Private Ryan, or seeing The Descent on my first ever solo cinema
trip. But some films wane over time; Trainspotting springs to mind.
Blu Ray has the Extended edition on, so I went for that, excited by
the fact that Ridley Scott's Director's cut of Kingdom of Heaven made
an OK film a very good one. However, given the completely disengaged
and gloriously grouchy intro from Ridders to said extended edition,
with him strongly expressing it is not a director's cut, I was
slightly worried. I needn't have been. The only scene I noticed by
way of extra narrative, actually explained away what I had thought of
as a plot hole.
you haven't seen Gladiator, firstly I want to know why, secondly,
well perhaps I do- it inspires such fervour, is so well written and
quotable that morons like me repeating the lines of it in their awful
Russell Crowe accent have ruined any iota of a chance you'd give it
time. On behalf of us idiots, I apologise. Please see Gladiator.
There's politics, betrayal, intrigue and no shortage of bloodythirsty
(yay!) action. It's an underdog story, and one scene near the start
had me note, “Ha! When you know your son is a wrong-un.”
is heart pounding excitement, action which dozens of viewings doesn't
dampen, dialogue which one only wishes real life was like (even if
just for a day) and a storyline so gripping this viewer has never
lost interest, even with the knowledge of what is to come. In short,
Gladiator is one of the best films I have ever seen, hands down.
it? Fun fact, I have seen the Oscar won by The Mill for
their excellent work on Gladiator up close (in its glass box). Not
even for a moment was this moving down from 10/10
oddly I know what a hypocaust is and how it works to this day.