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Oscars Challenge #19: Gladiator (2000) Movie Review

"Are you not entertained?"

I certainly am entertained by this movie of epic proportions.

Gladiator is a movie about betrayal, courage, love, and honor. Although fictional, it tells the story of Maximus (Russell Crowe), a once great general who was betrayed by the emperor's son (Joaquin Phoenix) after choosing the general to be the one succeeding him instead of his heir. After killing his father and Maximus' family, he sold him to slavery only to be taught and participate in gladiator skirmishes. His growing popularity soon threatens the throne.

First of all, what an amazing set and location they chose for this film. It really feels like you travel back in time during the golden years of the Roman Empire. Also, the effort for the stunts they did was marvelous. The actors themselves suffered many injuries during the shooting.

The story itself may not be something to be really amazed at. For me it was simple yet it was delivered wonderfully.

What differentiates it from other Best Picture winners may be the entertainment factor. To be honest it was entertaining from start to finish so you will not really get bored watching the film.

I still give hats off performances to Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix, they really perfectly portrayed what a protagonist and antagonist would be.

A very enjoyable film and a must-watch.

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