Film review: Pompeii

I’m a sucker for a medieval man (don’t judge me), and I’m also a sucker for Kit Harington. You can imagine, therefore, my anticipation to view Pompeii, a medieval movie starring Kit Harington as a gladiator.

This movie has been out for a while now, and it’s been teasing me on my Netflix recommendations for some time now, so I suggested to Blaine, my boyfriend, that he and I give it a view. Unfortunately, the film was a bit of a letdown, and I certainly wouldn’t watch it again.

The film follows Kit Harington, or Milo, a gladiator in Pompeii, who has endured incredible hardship from a young age. A skilled fighter, he quickly excels in the gladiator arena and eventually catches the attention of Cassia, the daughter of the city governor Severus, played by Emily Browning. Obviously, a romance between a gladiator (they were viewed as slaves) and the daughter of a city governor in this era was unacceptable, so the pair resort to seeing each other in private and in other ways to keep their love alive.

While fighting in the gladiator arena, Milo witnesses Mount Vesuvius erupt, and an earthquake follows soon after, then an onslaught of fireballs, a tsunami, flooding, and finally, the cascading of lava throughout the city of Pompeii. The entire city is in the wreckage, but Milo, devoted to Cassia, ventures throughout the streets of the destroyed city to find her and arguably attempts to escape with her. Their plans of escape are thwarted, however, and the movie ends with them embraced in a kiss as lava engulfs them.

As much as I love Kit, and medieval men, this movie came up a bit short on both ends. It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t great, either, and I wouldn’t invest your time in it.

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