03 July 2010
My tastes include both oysters and snail.
So basically: Spartacus is a rebellious slave in Libya who gets bought by an Italian Gladiatorial ring owner. He is brought to Italy and trained as a Gladiator. When Crassus and co. come for a visit, they insist on the Gladiators fighting to the death. Spartacus is matched with an Ethiopian fighter and loses, but the Ethiopian refuses to kill Spartacus and tries to escape, leading to his own death. Crassus then purchases the slave-girl that Spartacus is in love with; thinking that she is gone, Spartacus goes on a murder rampage and escapes. He then gathers up an army of slaves and marches on to Rome!
I'm an oyster girl myself. The first Kubrick film on the list, yey! Pity it's not very good. At least, in my opinion. For one thing, it's wayyyy too long; and I know Kubrick is known for his long films, but this one seems like it drags on. I didn't like it at all the first time I watched it, but this time I tried to watch it with unbiased eyes. I was interested until they lost and the famous 'I am Spartacus' scene. After that, it seems a tad unnecessary. Although, I did like the ending, because he died instead of winning his revolt.
Does this deserve the "prestige?" I love Stanley Kubrick films to death, but frankly this isn't one of his masterpieces. And I kno it's all famous and everything and considered a classic, but I can't say that it's one of the best 250 movies of all time (waits for backlash)
Ziggi seal of disapproval!