It’s the score that makes the movie.

Last night I dreamed I was in the film Gladiator, and I had jumped into the body of Russell Crowe. I floated on my back within the silver gladiator suit, and the pebbled ground beneath moved along while I hovered. While this was going on, that is, as I floated inside Russell, the world was filled with the music of Hans Zimmer as he orchestrated his haunting, the-gods-are-watching-and-they-approve score. It occurred to me once again that if it weren’t for the score, the film would be just another Side A destroys Side B film. Think of films 300 or Troy if you don’t believe me.


Whenever there’s an empire movie, reputable actors with British accents (How else could the word “Rome” sound so beautiful if not for the English stuffing so much roundness into that one syllable?) and those not English like Russell and Phoenix, represent classical times in beautiful cinematography. The beauty of the age must be established in order to fulfill the need to protect it. Here comes all the exciting gore and brutality of war orchestrated with the grace and precision of real men, a dark dance indeed, with the romanticism of honor and glory. Yes, the genre is the same. However, 300 and Troy does not stick with you because it lacks a great score. What defines a perfect film? It must have an outstanding film score. Make it haunting, make it Celtic. It’s the way to go like the band, Elysium, used in Gladiator.


Have you noticed that these films hire Scottish and Australian actors to play Englishmen who are reenacting Romans and Greeks and Spartans? Are there no Mediterranean actors out there? At least with films Arthur or Braveheart the British accents make sense. Except for Mel who’s Australian but sounds American, and he gets his innards pulled at the end of the film for the error. In Robin Hood, there’s Russell Crowe paired again with Ridley Scott. This time, the movie is just mediocre. Why, when it’s the same story retold?  It lacks a great score!

So three questions come to mind. What’s it feel like to be in Russell Crowe’s body? And, why do I keep going to these movies? I am a sucker for a British accent and a good score. What’s your favorite?

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  1. Oh my! I LOVE Gladiator’s score, you are a woman after my own heart Cindy. I like both Crowe and Gibson, yes even with Gibson’s issues I still think he’s a terrific actor and talented director. Gladiator is in my top 5 all time favorite films, and the score is a huge part of it. I actually have the soundtrack in my car which I listen from time to time. I remember sooo many films copied Hans Zimmer’s style (even himself!) after this movie’s success.


    1. 🙂 Yes, we do have similar tastes. I agree with everything you say. It still amazes me that all empire films (it seems) have British actors and accents. What an influence the British Empire had!


      1. It’s because they’re just far more talented on top of being soooo easy on the eyes. They also seem more *real* in interviews, I dunno, they’re just much more fun to watch in general. Most of the actors I LOVE (probably 95%) are Brits and Aussies, and they’ll always rule Hollywood on big and small screens.


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