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The story covers the highlights of Caesar's life including his exile during the rule of the cruel dictator Sulla, his patronage under the capable General Pompey, his brutal but victorious campaigns against Vercingetorix and the Gauls, and his love affair with the beautiful and scheming Egytian queen Cleopatra. Caesar's great ambition ultimately lead to his own murder by members of the Roman Senate who fear his ascendency, but ironically bring about the rise of the Empire.
There are many political complexities that are touched upon in this film that give a good idea of the kinds of power plays that lead to Caesear's rise and fall, many of them including betrayal and murder. The film depicts the Gallic Wars in good detail and gives an understanding of the turmoil that faced the Roman Republic in its last years before the rise of the Empire. Caesar is portrayed as a intelligent human figure who is struck down by tragedy and overcome with amibition which ultimately leads to his own death. The irony of Caesar's murder is that it was ostensibly to preserve the Republic, but rather hastened the foundation of the Empire. While not a great movie, it is entertaining and provides a good introduction to Roman history as well.
It is a rather long movie, approximately 3 hours, but that is to be expected considering who the movie is about.
Overall, the acting is above average, with the highlights being Christopher Walken and Chris Noth portraying a Roman Senator and the Roman General Pompeii respectively.
The siege of Alesia and the subsequent battle were also very good as was the portrayal of the Gauls.
On the negative side and as other reviewers have also pointed out, the lead actor, Jeremy Sisto, was not really the best choice for Caesar, as was the case with Marc Anthony who was also a poor choice.
In addition, there are historic discrepancies such as the in case of the Gaul chieftain Vercingentorix who was reportedly strangled, and not stabbed as the movie would have it.
Furthermore, Julius Caesar is to have perished on the Senate steps, not while sitting inside the Senate.
Nevertheless, the setting, the dialogues and the costumes are all wonderful!
In a nutshell, though not a masterpiece, Julius Caesar: His Time Has Come will surely provide for an evening's entertainment. It is a movie definitely worth watching, especially for those with a soft spot for History and all things Roman.
This production is a good one for a straight-to-television production. It is a four-hour miniseries (the television nomenclature equivalent for `epic'). It plays a bit loose with the historic progression, but keeps many of the broad strokes intact - Rome's trouble under Sulla, Caesar's early difficulties becoming established, his military alliance and familial partnership with Pompey, destined to falter; the conquest of Gaul and the march back to Rome, the fiery oratory of Cato, and the climactic death in the Senate.
Caesar is a complex character, one who defies encapsulation in so short a span as four hours. Given that Caesar was surrounded by many equally intriguing characters, it is little wonder that productions about Caesar often fall victim to a particular interpretation. Sisto's performance, and Edel's direction, makes Caesar in some ways a walking statue - and this is not a necessarily inappropriate style. Caesar was very conscious of appearances and public perceptions, and took great pains to always appear in a certain fashion that would enhance his power and reputation. Sisto's Caesar does show such some emotional range, but this is often mitigated by `events of state'.Read more ›
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I'm a little puzzled. I watched this in English on youtube. But the titles were in German in several places. Then when I searched on youtube, I found a German version. Read morePublished 23 days ago by W Boudville
Film starts with Sulla and his entry, with his legions, into Rome. This background crisis explains much of the drama thereafter. Will Caesar become another Sulla? Read morePublished 6 months ago by Clay Garner
I've noticed that several teachers have made use of this film in their classrooms. Some have praised it while others have knocked it for it's historical inaccuracies. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sharptiger Rocker
I'm a war nut so more war and it would be 5. Probably watch it again soon to see what I overlooked the first time.Published 9 months ago by SS/BdmFuhressSavannah
I ordered this hastily. It is not the Shakespeare version, but a biography of Caesar's rise to power.Published 18 months ago by Elspeth
This mini series was very well done and acted. If you are a fan of Roman Empire history then this is a must for your collection.Published 18 months ago by David Srein
Good film but Christopher Walken is a bit out of place. As usual Walken walks through much of his time on screen. Cleopatra is terrible. Read morePublished 20 months ago by David Patrick Taylor