Gladiator (2000)

RIDLEY SCOTT

gladiatorposterBil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2000.  DreamWorks, Universal Pictures, Scott Free Productions, Mill Film, C & L, Dawliz.  Story by , Screenplay by David Franzoni, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 2000.  Golden Globe Awards 2000.

Ridley Scott’s best film in years is this astonishing epic of Roman proportions about a general () who is demoted to gladiator slave when the kindhearted emperor () dies and his selfish and callous son () takes over. GladiatorThe plot moves smoothly over its vast size without stopping for a second, climaxing in excellent fight scenes that combine state of the art sound effects with Scott’s unbeatable visual flair. Crowe gives a star-making performance as the lead, and  stands out in a pretty ineffective role as the princess who must watch her brother destroy everything her beloved father worked so hard to create. One of the most exciting films of the year.

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