Good Movie. 4 stars.
nothing bad to say about it really.
it’s long but only because of the epic-ness of it.
the best part of this movie is just how good everything looks on the screen.
the movie is refreshingly free of any woke crap - a benefit of being over 20 years old.
but you wouldn’t know how old this movie is from the production quality because it’s great.
only reason i don’t rate it higher than 4 stars is because it was never meant to be an art film or philosophical film or intellectual in any way - it was just supposed to be a better than average blockbuster and that it is.
there is a touch of philosophy thrown in and it’s good philosophy but it’s rather tangential to the storyline … for example they discuss how wars and spectacles are distractions and how democracy is an illusion and how people are dumb animals but i can’t give the movie too much credit for this because it’s just sprinkled on top of the story rather than being the story …
by comparison for example in “Voyagers” ( 2021 ) some of these issues ( tyranny vs democracy ) are integral to the plot, whereas in “Gladiator” they are merely discussed but you could take them out of the movie and not much would change …
in other words after watching “Voyagers” people will think about those things but after watching “Gladiator” they will not … but “Gladiator” makes up for this with great cinematography, sets, costumes, great looking actors and actresses, acting, action and so on … good drama as well
4 stars. recommended.