Gladiator may have won the Academy Award for Best Picture, but that doesn’t mean it’s exempt from criticism, as discovered in the latest from Honest Trailers.
The video kicks off by looking back on the legacy of the Russell Crowe-starring film, which they’ve renamed Mad Maximus: Fury Rome. “From Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe, when that still meant something, comes the sword and sandal movie that was so successful it gave us Troy, Alexander, two Hercules movies, a Clash of the Titans remake, and another Ben-Hur. Great!” jokes the narrator.
While Crowe won an Oscar for his role of Maximus, the character the trailer really has some issues with is Joaquin Phoenix as Commodus. “Witness one of the most disturbing performances ever, as the evil emperor shows off his many daddy issues…sister issues…and nephew issues? Ew,” says the voice-over. “He’s basically Jaime Lannister if he couldn’t fight…or command an army…or bang his sister…or really do anything else right.”
Over the years much has been made of the lack of historical accuracy in the film despite using real characters, something that Honest Trailers addresses. “Enjoy a confusing mix of real history and fake stuff they kind of just made up,” says the narrator. “Hey, it might be fake, but it’s still a hundred times more real than 300.”
Watch the video above.