Historians have criticized Gladiator and believed it was far different from the reality. But it has that entire flavor which an epic movie lover wants to see. The story started with the final days of Marcus Aurelius’ reign, the aging emperor arouses his son Commodus’ anger when he makes known his wish that Maximus be his successor. Power-hungry Commodus kills his father and orders the death of Maximus. But the latter flees and hides his identity by becoming slave and a gladiator. Eventually, Maximus journeys back to Rome to confront his arch rival.
Gladiator is an excellent and well-made film that is Hollywood entertainment at its best and, along with Battlefield Earth.
The movie is quite daring in its own way: it is a spectacle set in Ancient Rome in 180 AD, a time when humans (being the inane creatures they are) more openly compensated for their inadequacies by watching other humans kill each other brutally. A time when tyrant emperors ruled and few would dare challenge them. The film is about one such person, Maximus (Russell Crowe), a General from Spain who fought and bled for Rome with much passion but is now a slave as a reward for his patriotism. This is a film that has been done several times and belongs to a kind, in my mind, that is fairly easy to do successfully. Everyone loves to watch the downtrodden good guy kick the smug and powerful bad guy’s arse against all odds. Hence, movie truly proved that brutality has such a mythical grandeur that it occasionally resembles beauty.