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out_there ([personal profile] out_there) wrote in [personal profile] thefourthvine 2016-07-12 03:29 am (UTC)

So, the Canon, to the Best of My Knowledge: there are these dudes named Marcus and Esca. Marcus is a Roman soldier. Esca is his slave. And...I think they're in love? I don't know. I read a couple of recaps of the movie and was like, wow, if there's another explanation for this than "they're committed life partners," it's not coming through here. And to be honest, even if you take it as read that it's Marcus and Esca, sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g, the recaps of the movie aren't the easiest thing in the world to follow. I'm guessing it probably makes more sense if you watch it.

... you know, that's not far off, really. I mean, I view it more as a "here is the heroic adventure where they fell in love" kind of movie -- a discovery of why they're so committed to each other and what that means in emotional terms -- rather than a "they're already together and that explains the plot" type movie, but... yes. The devotion is there.

It's also rather beautifully shot. And I liked the symbolic Eagle and the focus on a culture that values glory more than avoiding death, but honestly? You could probably pick up a lot of the movie just from tumblr gifs. (You really could.)

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