A Gladiatorial Masterpiece!
First thing first, this film looks amazing. The production values are obvious from the off, with the hugely explosive battle scene between the Romans and the barbarians of Germania. This high quality imagery reaches its epic peak with the later scenes set in the Colleseum, which I don't think anyone can disagree look astounding.
This is easily the best thing about the film.It's imagery and it's adrenaline pumping combat scenes are some of, if not the most gob-smacking you will see for years to come. Be warned though, as this film is immensely violent in it's fight scenes, with almost nothing held back in the gory arena battles.
I have to admit, the first time, and about three times after that, this film was 5 stars in my opinion. And if you have never seen this film before, I would recommend it without a doubt, especially if you are only planning to rent it, as it is an experience that, first time at least, will leave you gasping for more.
I, unfortunately though, am writing from the point of view of someone who has probably seen the film too many times. As my title suggests, the more you watch it, the more you start to notice plot holes, and things that generally do not go together quite as well as you thought they did when you first saw it.
Granted, some of the more obvious things that do not seem to add up have been added for dramatic effect, but you just relaise that that is not how it would happen in real life. Without ruining the plot, what the Emperor does at the end of the film, despite having a posible advantage, in my view was just plain idiotic. I cetainly would not have done it in his place.
In conclusion, this is a great popcorn actioner, which is almost immune to critisism the first time round, but does lose it's appeal after several viewings, when you look beneath the, very eye-catching, surface.
6 of 13 people found this review helpful.
Must-see film classic; shame about the extras
Having converted most of my old video collection to DVD I was thrilled to find this film gem in digital format. If you watch this in widescreen format, it really does the battle scene great justice; coupled with surround sound, you'll be gripped by the amazing cinematography. I would recommend the director's cut that includes scenes about the relationship between the lead character and his estranged wife and helps you to understand the motivation behind his decision. The run time is 183 minutes for the directors cut and 120 minutes for the cinema version. I was, however, disappointed by the lack of extras, which any fan of this classic would expect to be included. There's only a 20-minute interview with the director and other shot "making-of" vignettes.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
A great 'watch & enjoy' classic movie
The movie 'Gladiator' is a classic with a true 'good defeats evil' moral story ! The story, scenes, casting, acting and cinematography is, without question, stunning. From the beginning scenes in the German forest and the battle which enfolds, the viewer is caught up in the action and the script plus siuations that occur hold you in the 'can't wait to see what happens next' mode ! Russel Crowe was an inspirational choice of 'lead character' as he really makes you believe he is a true, honest savior and his portrayal of truth & honesty as a soldier & Gladiator outweighs the known (from your history lessons at school and shows on TV) debauchery that took place in the ancient world of Rome. The script is fantastic and after you have watched it a few times (and you will...) you will be speaking the parts along with the film and loving every minute of it. The scenes are all perfect and very beliveable and the acting is second to non ! Every part was well cast and the actors will look back at that film they made and say the Movie was one of their best jobs ever. You will know that Oliver Reed passed away not long after or maybe even during the shooting of it and I do smile and wish him well on his heavenly journey as it was a fine end to a memorable career.
Buy the movie and love it as I and millions more do as it is a true story of 'getting knocked down and getting back up again and winning more because of it' type of tale. Enjoy it and savior your choice !
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Greatness worth owning....
What to say about this amazing film. Amazing really.
This was a huge global hit and rightly so - it had thousands of people flocking back to the cinema for second viewing, let alone multi-viewing from DVD.
The film is set in 2nd century Rome and opens directly into a battle scene full of typical Roman violence. But the film goes so much further than this - it touches on family relationships both loving and screwy, on honour and integrity, on friendship and on civilisation as once was.
A tear jerker, satisfyingly great battle scenes and above all a feel good factor that takes a week or so to jade.
8 of 14 people found this review helpful.
'Gladiator' follows the story of an army general in Roman times, who soon becomes a victim to a slaughtered family and a life as a slave..a Gladiator!
He fights his way through each battle with his heart until he can stand face-to-face with the man who called for the execution of his family and shattered his existence & freedom.
Its an incredible movie that is filmed with a dark and surreal atmosphere, capturing the movies content and features absoultely outstanding visual effects, in and out the battle scenes. The story line is strong and captures many emotions which is strongly driven by powerful music conducted by Hans Zimmer.
Some of the battle scenes are quite graphic and the scenes are at times extremely emotional for those who are the more sensitive type. But the movie is gripping from intro to a beautiful climatic ending.
This is a classic and is a must have in your action DVD collection.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.