Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Spartacus: Blood and Sand - A Review

Well, I think I need to go to a confessional or something akin to it. You see, I believe I might have just wasted 54 minutes of my life tonight. I don't like wasting time. Rephrase: I despise wasting time.
I had an hour between tasks and I thought I would watch the new Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. After the first 15 minutes I said something like, 'did you by any chance put the Gladiator DVD on by mistake?'
I know the answer to my question was 'no!' but I thought I'd ask it anyway. Maybe I was asking to get some sympathy for my visual suffering.
I ask, do some cinematographers really think that they can infantilize audiences as they please? Sex and violence will make a show? What an inane notion.
Spartacus is nothing but a cheap imitation of Ridley Scott's vision of the 2000 production of Gladiator. And that's all the praise I can give it. I will not be watching, I don't think.
I might just add here that what I uttered upon its conclusion was, 'is this a joke?!' It sure did feel like a bad prank.

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Sra said...

That's a shame, since it's based on what was and possibly still is a good movie.

JJ said...

It's amazing how much sex and violence cable channels incorporate these days. Unfortunately, in this day and age of plenty, people won't tune in just because the show's got hot people who happen to drop their clothes/robes often. Story-telling is still important. Who would have thunk it!

Anonymous said...

Is that Lucy Laeless? Xena! I had missed her. Maybe I'll watch a bit b/c of her. A shame that it's this bad, though.

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Scott said...

I thought it would be like Xena meets a TV version of Gladiator. Thanks for the review.

Unknown said...

It's a shame that Lucy Shameless is always placed in these Xena-type roles.