One of the great movie from director Ridley Scott. GLADIATOR is an achievement for both storytelling and technical. On storytelling, this movie offered you a vengeance story (which kinda reminds me of MAD MAX) and some political intrigue. On technical side GLADIATOR use amount of effects to bring back Rome again. I think the plot feels familiar to me. But I still feel entertained with this movie and it's exciting too
Gladiator is a great story in which Russell Crowe's character Maximus has a very well established motivation to seek brutal revenge on those who wronged him. Ridley Scott isn't always the best at characterization in his films, but I really cared for everyone in Gladiator. I actually teared up at the end, which I almost never do. Also, the arena scenes are thrilling, but sometimes poorly edited. My biggest gripe.
A majestic action epic that please the crowds with it's beautiful photography and Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard's beautiful film score. Excellent acting throughout as it all leads up to an epic war between a revenge hungry general and a venomous Roman Emperor. Therefor it is annoying that the film stop with a crowd-pleasing fight in the arena when it should have ended it with a doomed final battle on Rome instead.
At least it's a blockbuster film not built around a teenage mentality, but is an old-fashioned epic, and is how a summer film should be: an ensemble cast, thousands of real extras, soaring speeches, well-regulated action set pieces, and even if it's melodramatic, at least it feels adult. Rewatching this made me pissed that Hollywood rarely makes even a faulty period film like Gladiator anymore. The house always wins.
This movie is rewatchable anytime. It always keeps is momentum. The starting battle scene in the woods & the 'live or die' fights in the arena are benchmarks for action. Excellently made. Top cast & director at work. Very much entertaining. What disturbes me a bit are the dream-illusion sequences.
Out of sheer spectacle it deserves to be rated as an above average movie even though alot of the elements of this movie are just that, average. Phoenix is as amazing as ever and Richard Harris starts the movie out very well before kicking it. Gory as hell which is always fun. Doesn't apologize for being over the top.