Film Analysis of Gladiator Essay

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Film Analysis of Gladiator

The film Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott, made its debut on May 5, 2000. Gladiator left its audience with both the highest praise and harshest rebuke. The historical action film was described as a “flashy, violent spectacle, everything a movie needs to be” by Haro-online, but Stephen Hunter of Entertainment Guide said, “Thumbs down! Drive that short sword though its palpitating heart, and pay no attention to its squeals for mercy…It’s not great. It’s a disappointment, so kill it swiftly and be done.” Reviews that contrast this much lead one to wonder what the criteria for a great historical action film would entail.

One important criterion a historical
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The plot is the backbone of the film; without a plot, nothing else matters, and the movie has no substance. The final piece of criterion is how well the film uses emotion to appeal to its audience. The amount of emotion that a film radiates and causes its audience to experience is the main factor in separating the good films from the great ones. The emotions that a movie calls forth are the biggest contributors to the audiences’ opinions and reactions to the film. If a movie wants to win a viewer’s judgment and movie ticket, it has to first win that viewer’s emotions.

Gladiator is set in 180 A.D, and contains many accurate pieces of history. The current Caesar of Rome, Marcus Aurelius, played by Richard Harris, is an actual historical figure along with Aurelius’ son, Commodus, played by Joaquin Phoenix. However, the main character, Maximus, played by Russell Crowe, is a completely fabricated yet a believable character from history. The Coliseum games in general are historically accurate, but the individual battles are not. James Berardinelli says Gladiator “uses actual historical personages and events for background. The events that transpire in the film are largely fictional, but they blend well with the known facts.” Even if the film isn’t completely

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