Are you not entertained? Is this not why you’re here?
In this historical classic, Scott went for the grit and brutality of ancient and stayed away from cliches like milk baths and pork head feasts. His focus was more on the personal struggle of Maximus, coupling picturesque cinematography with the captivating Persian inspired score of Hans Zimmer.
This film single-handedly revived historical epics that had been considered banal and cliche for a while… and this scene is definitely it’s most iconic moment.