A few years ago, a friend loaned me her copy of Caligula. I started watching it, but noticed the high quantity of nudity and graphic sex presented in the film. Normally, this doesn't bother me, but this film was jam packed with it. And it didn't move the story along - sure, I get that they were attempting to show how depraved Caligula was and the horrors that went on during his reign - probably exaggerated for the film - but there was nothing actually behind the sex other than shock and awe.
Still, I was told the film was something I should watch. At least give another chance because Malcolm McDowell starred in it. Because Netflix offered it in their instant stream, I decided to give it another go. Fortunately for me, the film they offer is the R-rated version with the graphic sex scenes either removed, cut short, or zoomed in on just the faces. And my only thought is that perhaps the parts that made it unwatchable were the only reason people watched it.
The story is a bit drab, the acting over the top. I think some creative liberties were given, but there was nothing worthwhile. It was all I can do to keep myself awake. It leaves me with the impression that the sole reason behind the film was to shock and awe people by sneaking in some pornography into the mainstream.
Caligula is available DVD and BluRay on Amazon. The R-rated version is currently offered on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.
Until next time, keep on huntin'.