Gladiator (2000)


Bil’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 2000American Film Institute Awards 2000.   Golden Globe Awards 2000Las Vegas Film Critics Awards 2000.  National Board of Review Awards 2000Online Film Critics Awards 2000.   Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2000.

Ridley Scott’s best film in years is this astonishing epic of Roman proportions about a general (Russell Crowe) who is demoted to gladiator slave when the kindhearted emperor (Richard Harris) dies and his selfish and callous son (Joaquin Phoenix) takes over. The 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 Connie Nielsen 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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