Next up on the overrated list is 'Gladiator', and no I'm not talking about the boxing movie starring Cuba Gooding Jr (what the hell happened to his career?).
While being technically proficient 'Gladiator' sports some of the worst dialogue I've ever heard in such a critically acclaimed film. The visuals looked good, although the constant use of shaky cam was really annoying. The story seemed to be hashed together by writers working against a short deadline and the preachy nature of the movie really seemed insulting. Trying to tie together the decadent violence of Roman entertainment with modern day voyeurism was way to obvious to me and the script arrogantly tried to make it seem subtle.
"Rome is the mob. Conjure magic for them and they'll be distracted. Take away their freedom and still they'll roar. The beating heart of Rome is not the marble of the senate, it's the sand of the coliseum." Yeah, we got the point very early in the film, but the screenwriters decided to pound it into us for the entire length of it.
I know many people who love this film, but again you have to ask yourself if this really deserves Best Picture and all the critical acclaim and box office success. I like Russell Crowe as an actor. His work in LA Confidential and Romper Stomper was brilliant; however he could not carry this film.
"There's something Jerry Springeresque about Gladiator." - Christopher Null