Gladiator is a classic film and likely the very best movie of the year 2000. Ridley Scott directs at his peak with historical epics like Kingdom of Heaven, American Gangster, and All the Money in the World. Gladiator is all class in a highly entertaining depiction of a gladiator's tough life.
Admittedly, It is long, but the extended edition is worth the watch. The CGI has not aged well, Hans Zimmer's score is remarkably similar to his work for Pirates of the Caribbean. However, the entire film is a testimony to Scott's painstaking recreation of Rome, gladiator fights, war battles, and highly skilled drama.
Gorgeous landscapes and environments scale alongside beautiful sets. The scenery is accompanied by bloodshed of the most engaging and thrilling type. Scott's style oozes off the screen. We get a fantastic story, nuanced acting, and a glorious finale. Gladiator deserves all its praise.
Speaking of acting, Russell Crowe gives his career best in all possibility. Crowe's sorrow and righteous indignation is only comparable to his perfect performances in A Beautiful Mind or Master and Commander that follow Gladiator. Connie Nielsen lays down one of the most sympathetic roles ever captured on film. Joaquin Phoenix portrays one of the most heinous and reviled villains in cinema history. It is a creepy role that he absolutely sells.
Action and excitement are everywhere alongside heartfelt drama. Gladiator will never be forgotten. It will stay with you.
and i will watch this movie in this life or the next.
Director: Ridley Scott
Lead Actors: Russell Crowe/Joaquin Phoenix
Legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott finally received the eight in a half pound, thirteen inch, golden statue that goes by the name of Oscar, for marvelously constructing the (2001) Academy Award winner for BEST PICTURE. Winning five out of its twelve total nominations, the brutally spectacular and sublimely orchestrated (2000) film "GLADIATOR" impressively led all films at the 73rd Annual Academy Awards. With a gracefully entrancing musical score, impeccable cinematography and gut wrenching performances all the way around, this critically acclaimed motion picture will be both forever mentioned and remembered as one of the greatest creations to ever grace the silver screen. A genuine cinematic masterpiece that's unforgettably astounding and will forever be a sure fire lock into my "TOP 20 MUST SEE FILMS BEFORE YOU DIE."
PS: It felt so good watching Richard Harris on screen again, such a nice surprise. Also.does young Joaquin Phoenix look like a younger Michael Stuhlbarg? Can you see the resemblance or is it only me?