Heir of Black Falcon wrote:Ridley kinda scares me with his treatment of historical movies... I know they are just for fun but I dislike when people distort events and people, intentionally or not, when with perhaps a little research have done it right.
Maedhros wrote: -snip- the almost accurate ones can do more "harm"in that matter I think...
Heir of Black Falcon wrote: I think a home grown story is fine but Gladiator is only partially so. It actually uses many historic figures/characters and for the most part stays relatively close to who they likely were. The idea that the republic could be brought back is not all that uncommon a sentiment in the Roman Empire for example. So yes he created characters and events but relied still on real people, real occurrences and real sentiments without grossly misrepresenting real historic characters. Of his movies this one is one I felt he maimed the least though I still have some complaints that could have made it a bit better. It is when the balance is out to one side completely I get frustrated.
What is sad is when characters that are well known and have no evidence for being a villain or a coward are made so by some Hollywood director who cannot take the time to learn the period he is directing. To me that is part of his job.
Maedhros wrote:Actually I prefer a home made story based around historical events to a an almost accurate story. I love Gladiator for example
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