I have seen GLADIATOR a good 4 or 5 times already but it’s been awhile since I last watched it. I watched the “Extended Version” (Which Ridley Scott in a video introduction makes sure you know is NOT a Director’s Cut). The majority of the extra footage is in the beginning of the film and adds some nice character exposition.
My impression…I think it holds up rather well and certainly deserved all its acclaim. The story is solid and so is all the acting. For an almost 3 hour movie it moves at a great pace and is involving from the first frame to the last.
Russell Crowe is at his best and I appreciated Joaquin Phoenix’s performance even more this time. A top-notch film worthy of any movie library and one I will revisit again and again.