English 101 MW
27 July 2015
Gladiator: A True Hero Story
Movies have a profound effect on their viewers. Whether it is an action, horror, romance or comedy film, the audience is drawn into the movie through the sounds and imagery on the screen. One very important element in movies, quite obviously, is the acting. Audiences gravitate to movie theatres like planets around the sun depending on the lead actors and their roles. Two incredibly famous actors of the past few decades are Russell Crowe and Mel Gibson. Both are known for dramatic roles in war films, most notably, Russell Crowe in The Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott (2000), and Mel Gibson in Braveheart, a movie that he directed himself (1995). The Academy Awards, also known as The Oscars, is an American awards ceremony that honors cinematic achievement in the film industry. With a combined total of 22 nominations, both The Gladiator and Braveheart are award winning movies, but there are aspects that separate them in terms of their overall greatness. Although both award winning films contain strong casts and directing, The Gladiator is a superior film because of the exceptional performance of Russell Crowe, the development of characters throughout the film, and a more compelling storyline.
The Gladiator tells the story of Maximus, a general of the Roman Army who is betrayed and stripped of his rank by the Roman Emperor, Commodus, played by Joaquin Phoenix, and forced to fight to the death in the gladiator arenas. Along his journey, Maximus becomes a beloved figure of the Roman people due to his fearless fighting and disregard for authority, all in the hope of having a chance to fight in the Coliseum and come face to face with Commodus, the man that ruined his life. Braveheart, on the other hand, follows the story of the Scottish hero William Wallace, who rallies the Scottish people against the English and King Edward. Wallace, known as a fierce and incredibly brave...