Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Rome. Booty.

Julius Caesar, played by Ciaran Hinds, a Scott.

Why is it so hard to make an entertaining movie about ancient Rome? Isn’t that an intriguing setting rife with possibilities for good stories?

[Don’t mention Gladiator to me. You know and I know that movie was bullshit.]

I watched HBO’s Rome on TiVo today and I was underwhelmed. Two minutes into the program I had already lost any hope of understanding who was who and connecting to any of the characters. I tried to watch ABC’s Empire earlier this summer and found that boring too. Worse yet, the viewer was put in the position of being expected to root for the heir of a dictator as the heir runs around in hiding plotting to regain a throne that was stolen in the first place.

One last question:

How come they always use British actors to play Romans instead of Italians? If I was Italian, that would really piss me off.


Aurelius said...

By the same token Michelle, why don't the Romans speak Latin?

Michelle Pessoa said...

The only thing that would've made Rome more tedious would've been the addition of subtitles.