This is a post that should have been aborted. I should have nuked this sucker and started over, but it just didn’t happen. Feh.
Gladiator is one of my favorite movies. I can watch it over and over, there are so many elements that attract me. If I wasn’t so damn tired I could do a proper job of describing what grabs me about the movie, but the reality is that I am too tired to do it the way that I want to.
But I am not willing to just give up so I’ll plod along and share a few thoughts.
Commodus: How dare you show your back to me! Slave, you will remove your helmet and tell me your name.
Maximus: [removes helmet and turns around to face Commodus] My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.
What a powerful moment. It is one of my favorite scenes. It stands alongside the opening battle, I love that line “At my signal unleash hell.” I have to imagine that to many of the barbarian hordes battle with the Roman Legions must have resembled Hell.