|Eric Walklet's rating:
(out of 5 stars)
Gladiator's one fall comes with the the lead character, Maximus, a Spaniard turned Roman with an Australian accent. Despite this confused clash of cultures and dialects, Gladiator comes off as a nearly flawless film.
With a large cast, phenominal special effects, and nearly impeccable acting and choreography, it's hard to say anything bad the film. The supporting actors do a great job of adding meat to the film, and Joaquin Phoenix, who played the young, selfish emperor, played it perfectly. Walking out of the movie, it is he who you remember, not Crowe.
Ridley Scott did a good job of adapting the film to today's moviegoers. He says in the DVD documentary that he wanted to create a period film that didn't seem like a period film. With ornate backdrops and excellent costume design (that, I would like to add, is much more modest than those in the days of Ancient Rome), it makes you feel like you are in Rome watching the games yourself.