MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2022 (#8 of 49) – Gladiator (2000) – Encore Review 2


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 48, so I decided to watch 49 (48+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that are spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #8 of the 49.

Let’s continue with… 

“Listen to me. Learn from me. I was not the best because I killed quickly. I was the best because the crowd loved me. Win the crowd and you will win your freedom.” – Proximo

Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this in the theater opening weekend and was enthralled by the epic scope of the story. The action scenes are spectacular to watch and are enhanced by the special effects throughout!

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (21 Apr 2000 in Theater, video, DVD, 8 Sep 2013, 13 Mar 2020 and 5 Jan 2022)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – A Roman general is betrayed and must fight as a gladiator in the arena in order to win his freedom.

My Take on it – This is a such an amazing epic film that works on so many levels.

The story is told in such a great way that allows for the viewer to get so engrossed in the story and characters throughout.

Russell Crowe is great in this film even if it isn’t his best performance which I believe was one year earlier in The Insider (1999).

He won an Oscar for his work here despite the fact that Tom Hanks was much better that year in Cast Away (2000).

They do a wonderful job showing the kind of world and politics of the time and it makes so much sense why this kind of entertainment would be so popular for the upper class Romans who sought to watch thrills in the Colosseum.

The dialogue is great and it helps develop these characters on a much deeper level.

Joaquin Phoenix is great in a supporting role and shows how powerful an actor he can be especially when playing a crazy character like the one here even if he isn’t developed as anything more than a caricature villain.

Hans Zimmer’s score is unbelievable and enhances the story and action so much because it is presented in such a powerful way.

The special effects are quite effective here in adding to the grandeur of the battles in the arenas and enhances the thrills of the story to such a high level.

Still holds up quite well even after more than 2 decades.

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Maximus’ description of his home–specifically, how the kitchen is arranged and smells in the morning and at night–was ad-libbed. It’s a description of Russell Crowe’s own home in Australia. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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