One part sword-and-sandal epic and another part fantasy film, Jason and the Argonauts is an odyssey that is still entertaining nearly 55 years after its release. The powerful general is unable to save his family, and his loss of will allows him to get captured and put into the Gladiator games until he dies. The film, which will be released as a trilogy, is set to make history not only as an adult movie, but also as a mainstream movie. This upsets Marcus Arelius' son, Commodus, played by Joaquin Phoenix, who plans Maximus' downfall. It's what every gladiator film should aspire to be, and so few have ever achieved.
It is destined to be a classic, and is a movie that can be watched and appreciated with each subseqent viewing. Before his death, the Emperor chooses Maximus to be his heir over his own son, Commodus, and a power struggle leaves Maximus and his family condemned to death. Given the tumultuous history of the project, it was a miracle Spartacus was ever made. Determined to restore order, the hero teams up six of his fellow gladiators to save his beloved and take back the throne.
In narrative terms the plot and story arc is simplicity supreme, something Scott and Russell Crowe have never shied away from. It's a milestone for historical dramas, vast, intricate and epic in scope. Realizing their odds are better if they stick together, an alliance is formed between the gladiators to overthrow the taskmasters and regain their freedom. Dialogue is literate and poetic, resplendent with iconic speeches.
A great movie that always entertains. Some new release movies become unavailable for downloading for a limited time due to licensing restrictions. After all, audiences have been obsessed about gladiators ever since the days of ancient Rome. For starters, the star of the movie, Douglas, lobbied to have the first director fired from the project. When Lucilla learns of Maximus' fate, she begs her brother for his life.
If you choose Watch Now, the video will instantly stream to your computer and you may later stream it on another compatible device. Maximus is a famed general in Rome's armies. However, the highlight of the teaser came towards the end when it was revealed that Thor would be fighting in a series of, gladiator matches against his former ally Hulk, no less. Known for being Stanley Kubrick's unofficial farewell to Hollywood blockbusters, Spartacus stars Kirk Douglas in quite possibly his finest role as a former slave who inspired a rebellion and challenged an empire. In the genre of gladiator movies, Ridley Scott's Gladiator stands on the podium alone, unrivaled in terms of spectacle, dramatic weight, and entertainment value. What better way to blow off some steam than to watch two fighters try and kill each other in the middle of a giant colosseum? The script combines political insight, violence, romance, and action in one rousing narrative.
Other than that though this is reasonably priced and a great addition to any movie collection. As he runs through the gamut of life's pains and emotionally fortified trials and tribulations, we are with him every step of the way, urging him towards his day of revenge splattered destiny; with Crowe superb in every pained frame, winning the Academy Award for Best Actor that he should have won for The Insider the previous year. We admit, Jason and the Argonauts isn't the traditional gladiator movie there are cyclops and killer monsters in almost every other scene. It's the movie that won Russell Crowe his Best Actor Oscar for portraying Maximus, a Roman military leader who is betrayed and forced to fight in the arena as a talented gladiator. The set designs are lavish, with the eventual gladiator scenes involving even that of an elephant appearing as bombastic as any of the major Hollywood blockbusters produced today.
As the story progresses, the common thief from the New Testament is given room to develop and grow, making it clear that Barabbas has his own demons to conquer. Though the standard of acting is mixed, there is still much to be enjoyed in this throw-back gladiatorial epic. The overhead shots of Rome, as example, are dark, dull and softer than I recall. More than 100 years later, it's still inspiring filmmakers who watch it today.
I didn't know man could build such things. Before his death, the Emperor chooses Maximus to be his heir over his own son, Commodus, and a power struggle leaves Maximus and his family condemned to death. Action is never far away, but never at the expense of wrought human characterisations. The film accomplishes what its title describes by chronicling the succession aftermath of Rome after the death of Marcus Aurelius.