Rainy Sundays: Gladiator

December 19, 2009 at 11:25 pm

I thought about returning to Christmas themed movies but the release of the new Robin Hood trailer got me thinking about a different type of film this week.

I wasn’t a big fan of the Robin Hood trailer but the idea of Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe collaborating again is enough to keep me interested.  The reason is because when you think of those two titans, you think of Gladiator.

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“Are you not entertained!”

I’m always going to regret missing this film in theaters.  It’s one of my favorite action movies of all time for many obvious reasons but also because the story is just too good.  The best action movies out there have insane amounts of eye candy and those scenes are backed up with emotion and characters we care about.  Maximus is now considered (by me) to be one of the greats in terms of heroic characters.

What I loved about the movie is how incredible the writing was.  Here’s a movie that opens with lines like:

“What we do in life, echoes in eternity”

Brilliant.

There are certain scenarios where a line like that wouldn’t work yet on the edge of a giant battle sequence, it sends chills down your spine.  The familiar phrase “Shadows and dust” is now a toast amongst my friends before we drink shots that are literally called Gladiators. (Note: Orange juice, 7up and Ameretto. Delicious)

I loved this movie so much that come Oscar time, I actually felt proud when it won the Best Picture award.  Like one of my friends finally made it big.  The filmmakers did such an amazing job bringing the world of Gladiators to the big screen.  I’m still shocked when I talk to someone who hasn’t seen it.  (For the record, if you haven’t seen it yet you need to get on it immediately.)

The idea behind Rainy Sundays is to go back and remember the movies that stick with us forever.  Gladiator has so many amazing action scenes and a script that continues to amaze me every time I see it portrayed on the screen.  It’s time to head to my top shelf and turn on my DVD player.

PS: How good was the music in that movie?  Amazing.

PS #2: “On my signal, unleash hell.”