We finally managed to persuade the kids to give Gladiator a go and I’m so glad we did as I’d forgotten just how good it is (and this must be at least my tenth watch).
Russell Crowe was born to play Maximus Decimus Meridius and gives the best performance of his career. He just is that character in every way. You also cannot under estimate how good Joaquin Phoenix is, to create and give life to such a loathsome character takes real skill.
Even now, some eighteen years on, it looks fantastic, the direction is superb and the style perfectly matches the era of the film. There are even a few surprises. In fact, I’ve tried very hard to come up with something wrong with Gladiator and I just can’t. The plot is clever and exciting, the acting is great, there are many, many, memorable lines, it looks beautiful, has an amazing ending and one of the best soundtracks of all time. A bona fide classic.
Verdict: A superb film all round and I cannot recommend highly enough. Watch this film.