Cleopatra seems like the very definition of Hollywood bloat. It's a curious film that even where it should succeed, the spectacle, it also falters. There is no sequence that can be named in the film that makes you sit in awe. There are obviously expensive looking things with the costumes and some of the sets, but that's just it, they look expensive but that does not mean good. Everything looks overblown and overproduced actually. Past the production there's not much to be appreciated with the bland or over played performances almost throughout. Roddy McDowall is the only guy who seems to be trying to create anything remotely interesting with his work. Every else either seems as stiff as the armor they wear, or embrace the melodrama in the worst sort of fashion. It's a downright lousy film that earned is infamy.