The music is beautiful, and intimate.
I went to see Gladiator on Wednesday night. It's a good film, and very well made, but I do have a number of reservations about it. I guess the most important of these is the fact that it is not nuanced at all. It's very black and white in its presentation of the characters, and they don't develop at all. The plot is fairly predictable, but that doesn't stop it from zinging along and keeping the viewer enthralled.
The characters are really larger-than-life archetypes. As such the actors all do a great job, and the pain inflicted on the heroes is very affecting. Ultimately, the film is dark; the ending isn't really that happy, and you leave the cinema impressed at how brutal and grim Ancient Rome was. (I'm sure this is quite accurate.)