an ancient Roman word meaning n. Man-God with burly legs and
a handsome jaw line. itl. Molto bello uomo. -EM
you, lord, for Russell Crowe. It's been a long time since a
real 100% man walked out off the celluloid and into your eyeballs.
He's like Marlon Brando before the accidental swallowing of
a VW beetle
you now back before Jerry Springer, or the WWF... and way
back before late night American Gladiator they had
a carnage sport where men (women and dwarfs actually too)
really battled each other to the death to the sick
glee thousands of sadistic spectators? They were called "professional
fighters" aka gladiators.
But they didn't fight for some tacky heavy faux gold belt
and the love of a mini-waisted double D implanted bimbo named
Bobby-Jo, no. These lowly warriors fought for their
lives (insert the da da dumm theme here please).
our hero Maximus (Mr. Russell "Meow, mate" Crowe)
is a great general and favored by the current Caesar, Emperor
Marcus Aurelius (Richard "Camelot" Harris). He's
also ill fated to become one of these poor devils, a gladiator.
See, Caesar's gelatinous spined son, Commodus (Joaquin "Didn't
get the looks in the family but I got the talent"
Phoenix), is all bent into a full question mark when his father,
whilst dying, proclaims Maximus is ten times the man
he'd ever be...Well, to that affect. Therefore it is the Emperor's
wish is Maximus rule Rome...not whimpy snivelling momma's
Commodus immediately werewolfs on nobel Maximus and
the story starts to evolve.
think you see the turn of events coming. Revenge in the hands
of a raving lunatic with a name two letters off from commode
is pretty sh(&ty in any century let alone when tigers
mauling beefcake was an "in" sport.
story is classic. Very Shakespeare with interwoven incestual
threads, family conniving, a smidge of backstabbing, and of
course those low treacherous hums a buzz through the marble
walls. And in the middle of the mayhem, a hero. A rock of
unswerving morals and virtues, this is Maximus. Sniff...snort.
Cinematically, I felt like I'd been thrown back into the epic
era of film making. Why, it could have been Charlton "Chew"
Heston up there or Richard " Just a wee drink for the
road " Burton. Instead of one of Hollywood's best and
hardest working actors- Crowe. Finally, a talented
actor breaks through the mass of cute and trendy buttocks
and emerges victorious.
Anywho, even with the fore mentioned stud (Crowe) , evil nemesis'
and diabolical storylines, there is even more wonderfulness
thrown in ...You get Oliver Reed as master of the gladiators
Yes, the violence got a touch nauseating -but, I may just
be being a girly-girl. The style of edit was unusual and interesting.
The cinematography looked rich and golden. Get out and see
recommendation: Tiger Tar Tar
Russell Crowe Joaquin Phoenix , Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed,
Richard Harris, Derek Jacobi , Djimon Hounsou Tomas Arana
and Tommy Flanagan.
by Ridley Scott
On That Who Is Known As, Russell