And then I started thinking that perhaps instead of binge watching old TV series I should binge watch movies. I decided just to take on the top 100 movies for a starter. Now I'm very sure I am going to agree with quite a few of the entries on this list but I already know I'm going to argue about a few as well.
So here is #12 of the top 100 Movies of all time according to IMDB:
Gladiator is the story of a Roman general who is chosen by the dying Emperor to act as protectorate to the young grandson until he comes of age. The only problem with this plan is that the Emperor's son wants to rule. So he murders the Emperor and orders the general to be killed. Of course, the general survives and is sold into slavery to become a gladiator. He uses his new role to seek revenge.
Personally I'm not really sure how this movie made it so high up on the list. Don't get me wrong. It is a really good movie but their is nothing great about it. The main problem is that I found it very difficult to connect with the characters.
I just watched it again this week and realized that the costumes are wonderful, the cinematography is beautiful, the acting is good. Just not GREAT.
That said, I would watch it again. Not every movie has to be GREAT. It just has to be worth watching. Gladiator is worth watching.
Great movie mistakes:
Academy Awards, USA 2001
|Best Actor in a Leading Role|
|Best Costume Design|
|Best Effects, Visual Effects|
|Best Actor in a Supporting Role|
|Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen|
David Franzoni (screenplay/story)
John Logan (screenplay)
William Nicholson (screenplay)
|Best Film Editing|
|Best Music, Original Score|
|Best Art Direction-Set Decoration|
Arthur Max (art director)
Crispian Sallis (set decorator)