So after years of hearing about, years of knowing its reputation, years of having it on any number of my personal watch-lists, I finally sat down and made my way through the infamous Caligula. And … it was surprisingly boring.
It was a magical experience, sure. It was kind of crazy to see that kind of spectacular set and costume work (how about that giant wall of head-chopping, eh?) in a film that also featured full on penetrative sex. In a way, I kind of wish that movies like this could still be made, because Caligula is absolutely unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.
On the other hand … kind of boring. Also kind of long. It felt like some of those gratuitous orgy scenes could have been trimmed down even a bit.
Malcolm McDowell was delightfully impish in this role though, and that post wedding scene in the kitchen — whew. But considering this was released without any rating at all, and with the aforementioned unsimulated sex, I’m just surprised there wasn’t more of Caligula’s nasty nature on screen here.