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Gladiator Film Review

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Gladiator-"Are You Not Entertained?" Do you have some spare time on your hands? Are you feeling bored? Instead of wasting your time with your friends and family why not watch Ridley Scott's latest film Gladiator; it will show you the true meaning of boredom; it will have you crying with frustration. The muscular Russell Crowe plays our hero, Maximus, a tough Roman general and a favourite of the dying Caesar, Marcus Aurelius (the elderly Richard Harris). Caesar's last wish is that Maximus should be take charge of Rome until it is returned to the people's rule. However the evil Commodus (the scrawny Joaquin Phoenix), Caesar's son, wants to be the Emperor of Rome, so he brutally slays his father and sentences poor Maximus to a horrific execution. ...read more.

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Who couldn't see that one coming? I must admit I'm glad to say Russell Crowe's performance was a great deal better than that of his rival, Commodus', his best scene being final tense showdown between himself and the cunning Commodus, the only part of the whole film where I found myself wondering what would happen next. The plot absolutely bored me to tears. Not even five minutes into the story and were already thrown into a horrendous battle scene, which foreshadows the lack of focus on the clumsy plot. Isn't this jus like the opening of Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan"? If there wasn't a key part of the story playing, which was for the most part of the film, I would find myself day dreaming about whether the ceiling was dark white or light cream. ...read more.

Conclusion

Shadows poured half of the actor's faces as they talked; how on earth can you watch a film if you can't see the actor's faces? Thousands of short cut shots right in the middle of all the gory action made the unruly battle scenes incredibly baffling and bewildering. Who hired the camera man? The battle scenes whizzed by in a blur of fast, confusing shots and I hadn't a clue what had gone on. If I can't understand what's happening in a film, how can I be entertained by it? Overall, I think Gladiator was just far too long. They need to spice up the storyline a bit more; I've seen more creativity on a blank piece of paper! I would give this film a poor rating of 2/10. So to answer your question Maximus, no, I am not entertained and I know I'll never complain about being bored again. ?? ?? ?? ?? Rebecca Gayle 10B Page 1 of 2 ...read more.

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