Gladiator - Movie Review


Gladiator - Movie Review

If we are asked if we are entertained, then we definitely are after watching this spectacular action/adventure movie. With its thought-provoking themes and intense storylines, this Ridley Scott directed film truly deserves its Oscar for best picture.

With inspiration derived from “The Fall of the Roman Empire” and “Spartacus”, Scott takes “Gladiator” to new and improved levels with the acting, filming, and music. 

The movie, set in classical Rome, is a film about Maximus, a once-lauded general, who was forced to become a simple gladiator as he was framed as the man who murdered the emperor by the emperor’s own son, Commodus.

The movie revolves around Maximus trying to reclaim his honor and take revenge on Commodus for murdering the emperor and his family, by rising through the ranks and threatening the current empire.

The themes surrounding this movie include revenge, death, politics, slavery, love, and family. All of these are shown clearly through the plot of the movie as Maximus fights for his life and his dead wife and son’s behalves.

One of the aspects that truly brought this movie home, was the acting brought on by both Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix. Crowe brings the audience to tears when he finds out about the loss of his family whereas, on the other hand, Phoenix intensifies the hatred the viewers have for a totalitarian autocrat.

Music was also a huge part of the success of this movie. Composer Hans Zimmer, along with Lisa Gerrard, and Klaus Badelt, was able to take this movie from an interesting gladiator movie to a marvelous motion picture about love, loss, and victory.

Overall, the movie is done brilliantly, with clever use of CGI and music, the movie turned out to be a dream-like spectacle. The movie takes a high rating of 9/10 as it was a combination of pure excellence.

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