By Tiffany Unscripted
Gladiator is one of those epic historical films that you never forget. Released in 2000, it is still one of the best films in Hollywood history (in my opinion, of course); it's no wonder it was the most rented movie of DVD Netflix in 2000.
The film was directed by Ridley Scott, an award-winning director, and stars some of the hottest A-listers in the industry: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Derek Jacobi, John Shrapnel, Ralf Möller, Oliver Reed, Djimon Hounsou, and Richard Harris.
Russell gives one of the most excellent performances of his career. He plays Hispano-Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius, who is betrayed by the government he serves. Commodus is the ambitious son of Emperor Marcus Aurelius that murders his father and seizes the control of the throne.
Because Maximum refuses to pledge loyalty to this new emperor, he is arrested. He kills his captors and returns to his family, only to find them murdered. He is then made a slave and turned into a Gladiator to fight in the arena. Maximus sees this as an opportunity to exact revenge on those who murdered his family and a beloved emperor.
If you haven't seen this film, I highly recommend it. The film is filled with treachery, betrayal, and revenge – three ingredients that make a great drama! It doesn't stop there. You will feel sympathy for Maximus. He's just a man who wanted to return home to his family after a long campaign. He had no interest in politics. However, when Commodus learns that his father deemed him unfit to rule and has considered Maximus as his successor, Maximus suffers a fate worse than death.
If I go any further, I will spoil the film for you, so I will focus on the cinematography. It is breathtaking. Cinematographer John Mathieson created a masterpiece.
Lighting and composition are essential for any film. Cinematic effects, such as the camera positions, play a crucial role in supporting the plot and characters. Mathieson made great use of color to define a scene and enhance the overall film.
When you add the musical composition by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard to amazing cinematography, you have a film that's truly extraordinary and memorable. The score was performed by The Lyndhurst Orchestra and conducted by Gavin Greenaway, and has received global gold and platinum status. Highlight song "Now We Are Free" is moving and beautiful.
Add Gladiator to your queue today. You will not be disappointed.
Tiffany Unscripted has been the Managing Editor of Your Film Review for over two years at Occhi Magazine. She manages a small team of writers that cover all genres of movies, including writing featured articles on trending topics. In addition to writing, they cover live events, such as film premieres and screenings in Cleveland, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, and Silver Springs.
She especially enjoys the opportunity to meet emerging talent who enjoy sharing their passion, journey, challenges, and success with our readers. You can learn more about Your Film Review at OcchiMagazine.com.