Year Released: 2000
Main Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris, Derek Jacobi
Last watched: August 2015
Review Date: September 2015
Number Watches: 3
Format Watched: Bluray
“I will have my revenge in this life or the next”
I can be easily swayed against watching something because of what everyone else says about it. Then I get jaded towards watching it on TV or if I do catch it then I try my best not to like it. This was one of the many cases where I should have just sat back and enjoyed the spectacle, the show, the production and the amazing effort involved to make a superb movie.
It’s definitely a spectacle. From the opening, very powerful scenes to the inevitable final battle of good versus evil, you can leave any preconceptions behind and just let yourself be drawn in to an incredibly well conceived world of Rome, it’s territories and the blood sport that isn’t so far removed from our own sports today.
Acting is really good, especially from the one and only Oliver Reed. What a fitting last performance. Russell plays it well with enough arrogance to see the forces that led the character and enough angst as befits someone with one purpose left.
Joaquin – good but sometimes a bit too obvious? I guess that might have been the mark of the mad. Nice to see Richard Harris and Derek Jacobi adding theatrical weight as well.
Sets, lighting, camera work, iconic scenes, script, computer work. All exceptional.
This isn’t a deep play or a mystical mystery but it’s a piece of work you can’t get tired of, at least I cant just yet. See it for the action, see it for the spectacle, see it for the insight into history, albeit with inaccuracies. Just don’t avoid it.
From not wanting to see it to this review? Maybe it’s just me mellowing with age.
Bluray extras: Huge amounts of behind the scenes and most of it interesting. Good to see the actors battering themselves in the action sequences! Good info about how the movie came about and a lot of stuff about gladiators themselves. Maybe, dare I say it, too much? The menu is a bit rubbish with all this interactive nonsense. However, well worth the investment.
Watch if on TV?
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