Summary: Ridley Scott crafts a triumphant recreation of ancient Rome - capturing the bloodthirsty spirit of the time, as well as the decadent political climate. The film boasts impressive set design and effects - creating the awe-inspiring carnage of the gladiatorial battles in vivid detail. Russell Crowe makes for an inspiring hero, but Joaquin Phoenix steals many scenes as the slimy and treacherous villain. A truly impressive achievement.
Excerpt: One of the movie's best lines: ‘ My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius,Commander of the Armies of the north, General of the Felix legions, loyal to the true Emperor, Marcus Aurelius, father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife, and now I will have my vengeance, in this life or in the next.' Father, I would have butchered the whole world...if you would only love me.
Excerpt: Ridley Scott's modern classic may take a lot of cues from the likes of Spartacus and Ben Hur but in many ways it surpasses them. The thrilling combat sequences are as good as any committed to celluloid and as impressive the CG recreation of ancient Rome is, it's the wonderful dialogue, characters and design that breathes life into it.
Excerpt: Not perfect but definitely great film. Story is good. It is not supposed to be about real historical events, it is supposed to create atmosphere of time of Roman empire. And it does it very well. Rome is not realistic, it is very dreamy and imaginative and that is just great. Another thing i like is that characters arent nowdays people, they belive in gods and that sort of stuff and that helps film very much. Film is emotional but i wouldnt say it was sentimental.
Summary: This is a very well made film. Gorgeously shot and beautifully executed. The battle scenes are easily the best part of the whole movie. The story is good, but doesn't come off as the 'epic' that it's made out to be. The movie tries too hard to please multiple crowds and suffers partially from that. It's mostly enjoyable for the reason of spectacle. But, to answer Maximus's question, I was in fact entertained.