The general who became a slave. The slave who became a gladiator. The gladiator who defied an emperor.

"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."

I can't count how many times I've seen that scene -- that moment where Russell Crow pulls off his helmet and scares the living daylights out of the emperor. Yet every single time, it's just as good as the first time. It sends that same chill down my spine and makes me want to yell at the TV "THATS RIGHT! AND HES GONNA KICK YOUR ASS!"

That has to be one of the best scenes in movie history. This isn't a movie I ever list in my "favorite" movies -- but I do consider it to be one of the best films ever made. What a masterpiece. The characters -- the script -- they move me. Makes me wonder if such a person could ever really exist -- such a good man. Such a good man that everyone who knew him loved him -- trusted him -- followed him.

Was the past even close to the romantic notion of books and movies? Were people so honorable? Are we still?

I love movies.

2 Comments:

Blogger Reel Fanatic said...

It probably never was, but I have to agree .. books and movies are at their strongest when they delve in the power of legend, even if they do so with embellishment

4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this movie is fantastic!! i cant believe it all will or was real!i recommend that whoever doesent have the movie get it within 6 days or you will be... lets just buy it ok?!

11:45 AM  

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