Saturday, December 25, 2010

Gladiator (2000)

I think this might be the first movie that both of us have previously seen. And as an added bonus, we both hated it. An attempt to add soul and depth to the sword and sandals historical epic, Russell Crowe (who I don't hate) plays a brilliant Roman general who learns of the patricide committed by wanna-be emperor Joaquin Phoenix (who I also don't hate) and is thereby punished in all sorts of brutal ways both emotional and physical (still on board). So why is this movie so intolerable? Is it the heavy-handed direction? The facile script? The ridiculous CGI tiger? I'm going back in, my friends, and will report back in full. Hopefully it won't be too much like facing Tigris of Gaul in the Coliseum.

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