Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen
Oscars (Winners in bold): Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Music, Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Original Screenplay
Why this made the list: We are gonna have to do this again, and I will say that I own this movie and rather enjoy it, yet here we are again in a situation where everyone raves like it’s the best thing ever and I just don’t see it. People make this out to be one of the greatest epic’s of all time on level with ‘Spartacus’ and the like, when really it’s just a glorified action movie with an above average performance from Russell Crowe.
There is an issue with my generation of trying to lift up movies they like and think are cool to the point where they are thought of as a “great” movie. Let me assure everyone that it takes more than popularity to make a movie “great.” Now, people will bring up the fact that it won best picture, but I submit that winning best picture does not equate to greatness, especially considering 3 of the movies on this very list were former winners. Time usually tells and time has told that this movie is just a solid action flick. It helps that technically it is sound with solid costumes and production design, but look at the rest of Ridley Scott’s movies: Alien, Black Hawk Down, Kingdom of Heaven, Robin Hood, etc. what do you see as a common theme? All of these movies are enjoyable and well made (except for Kingdome of Heaven and Robin Hood) but they are just solid, above average action flicks, to which Gladiator is no different.
I am sure most people will disagree with me on this one but I am sticking to this that ‘Gladiator’ is the most overrated movie of all time. Enjoyable and well made it may be, but great it is not. Gory action and cheesy one liners don’t equate to greatness in my book. That is all.