Can Gladiator II outdo its epic original?

Twenty-four years is a “slog of a time” to wait for a sequel. Now, however, the trailer for “Gladiator II” has finally been released and the question remains: “Are you not entertained?” 

“I am”, said Jonathan Dean in The Times. From the three-minute clip, the new film looks “exactly like ‘Gladiator’, albeit with boats”. It’s little wonder there are striking similarities between the two; returning director Ridley Scott has lost none of his sense of “scale and ambition” in the decades since the original.

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