Haha. So… I love this movie called Gladiator. Have you heard of it? I think it’s awesome. I have a freakin framed Gladiator poster on my wall. Anyway… I was about to make a new post on the site when I saw I had a draft in my inbox. Apparently I drank too much over the holidays and started an article but never finished it. Here it is… Part 1 of my drunken Gladiator Breakdown. When will part 2 happen? Probably the next time I get drunk and decide to watch Gladiator.
Enjoy————————— drunken run on sentences and all.
Alone, House-sitting for the Holidays. Decided to start drinking some bourbon. Gladiator comes on HBO. Oh snap. Gladiator is one of my favorite movies of all time. I decided to get out a pen and paper and actually try and figure out why I love this movie so much. So here it goes. Enjoy.
Within the first 3 minutes of the film you love the main character. Maximus walks through his army and you can tell his men love him. He is a leader. He is awesome. You already want him to win without even hearing him talk. When he does talk, we love him even more. He’s confident. He gives the calvary a pep talk and jokes about going to the afterlife. Again, his men love him, so we love him.
Then we have an awesome battle scene. This battle gives us the tone of the film. It’s going to be realistic, and bloody. This battle is epic and we’re suddenly falling in love. We’re losing ourselves and soon we’re in the movie, rooting for our main character to kill all the barbarians. We’re out for blood.
The beginning of the film sets up all the main characters. We have Maximus, our Hero. This guy named Commodus. We don’t necessarily know he’s bad, but we automatically don’t like him because he’s being negative about his father dying as soon as we see him. We see Commodus’ sister Lucilla. We see our dear Emperor Proximo. We see the relationship between Proximo and Maximus. A relationship that fuels the hate between our antagonist and protagonist.
We learn our Hero’s wants and desires. All he wants is to go home to his wife and children. He doesn’t want to fight, he wants to farm. But… being the story it is, we know this isn’t going to happen. Something bad has to happen to spin our character into Act 2.
We have our call to action. Proximo tells Maximus that he is going to be the heir. He wants Maximus to be the emperor. But NO! Our character has to refuse the call to action. This happens in every good movie. The refusal of the call. But, something I learned about movies is, our hero has to decide to go. Our hero has to DECIDE himself to accept the call. This is a problem I really struggle with in writing, but it’s very important.
Maximus does accept the call to action, but it’s a very small part of the film. Maximus tells his friend Cicero “We may not be able to go home after all.” This shows that after all the debate, Maximus has reasoned with the greater good and realized that Commodus can not become the emperor. HE has to become the emperor. BUT NO! Nothing is ever easy in movieland.
And that’s where I passed out. I didn’t even finish the movie. I really doubt there is going to be a part 2.
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