In 2012 the BFI (British Film Institute) polled 846 critics, programmers, academics and distributors to update their list of what, in the experts opinion, are the greatest Movies of all time (to date).
In 2014 I decided to watch them.
4 films in I discovered they were artistic pieces that the common man would generally detest. Hence this “fun list” (list generated on 9/7/2014)
Number 47: Gladiator
Reader I am afraid I have a confession to make. Two films in a row now I have caught myself trying to write off classic films and deny them their place on the list. In the case of Back to the Future it was cinema snobbishness. With Gladiator its has been new=bad syndrome.
What makes this crime the worst though is that I do love both of these films and why I would subconsciously want to deny them I do not know. In fact with that in mind I am off now to amend my personal list with a couple of other films my “critics head” was denying a place. While I do that you watch this trailer…
This is the second Ridley Scott film on the list and its no surprise that the ex BBC designer has such a stunning eye for detail. If you forgive Gladiator the inevitable factual problems (which and historical film must encounter) and the Hollywood fighting you can unearth what is actually rather a stunning film. Even Russell Crowe manages to be good and Oliver “what time of day is it I am pissed” Reed turns in a stunning (final) performance.
The plot is relatively simple and is covered very much in the trailer. There isn't much that happens that you do not expect and yet the film still moves well and is a visual and audible work of art.
RATINGS (at the time of publishing)
IMDB users rate Gladiator at a forum rousing 8.5 and I do not disagree.
Rotten Tomatoes insults the Emperor with 76% I sentence them to death 84% will do.
Yet again my intelligentsia gene tries to override my “Damn Good Film” chromosome and yet again it fails. Welcome to the Top 50 Gladiator, you can sit next to Alien.
Next comes a film I haven’t seen before. The question is does “The Departed” earn a place or not?