So much for the glory of Rome. So little for the glory of this overrated masterpiece. I once thought this film was one of the greats. Goddamn, it was in my top 10 favorites! I revisited it after a decade of developing as a film journalist and my expectations were met with a swift blow. Gladiator is one of the ugliest movies I've seen. It's color palate is 50 shades of brown. There's a blue sky depicted 3 times and that's the most color diversity we get in it's three hour runtime. Also, one of those times is CGI. God awful 2000's CGI on the same level as the Star Wars prequels. I'm not kidding. The next problem is even worse. Are you ready? Shaky cam. Oh, yes! Remember the scene where Maximus kills a tiger? I used to be in awe of that moment. The whole thing is spliced into a ridiculous number of shaky cam cuts. Every action scene in fact is spoiled by an excessive amount of cuts, close ups, and shaky tracking. I don't think there's even one long take in combat. Okay, but you're thinking the story is just so redeemably good. It's not. If you've seen this film once, you've seen it all. It's hard to forget the big twists, which serve as the highlight of the story. Otherwise, it's a rather underdeveloped revenge story turned romance that serves to please both sexes but fails. The only people I see really enjoying this film are those who want to get in bed with Russell Crowe, which is understandable.