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If you're determined to spend three hours with Oliver Stone's take on the personal and military struggles of ancient Macedonian conqueror Alexander the Great, you should know that Alexander (Colin Farrell, in blonde disarray) is not half so much fun as mom Olympias (Angelina Jolie) or his future wild bride Roxane (Rosario Dawson). Indeed, it's the women in Alex's life who provide the movie's most satisfying action: Jolie, sporting some kind of Russian accent, wraps herself in snakes while hissing promises of Farrell's destiny; Dawson disrobes and threatens to cut Farrell's throat before shtupping his brains out. The rest is leaden history, supposedly novel because it showcases epic battle sequences and addresses Alexander's great love for his buddy Hephaistion (Jared Leto). But the man-on-man romance is limited to teary hugs, and the battles are indecipherable messes-you have to wait for Anthony Hopkins' narration to tell you what happened (in fact, you have to wait for Hopkins' narration to tell youeverythingthat happens). There's some spectacle on display but, alas, not much that is truly spectacular.--Steve Wiecking
By: MarLou I\'ve watched this movie 3 times and LOVE it. It does move slow in parts but it makes up for it in others. The fight scenes are great. And, what a cast...Colin Farrell, Val Kilmer, Angelina Jolie, and Anthony Hopkins.
This movie has nothing for anybody. Those who are interested and know anything about ancient Greece and Alexander the Great will be disappointed in this movie for its glaring inaccuracies. Those who don't probably won't understand what's going on for most of the movie. About the only good thing I can say is that Hephaistion was pretty so there was something to look at during this overlong movie that still managed to leave out a lot of important information.Not bad, but too long and melodramatic I both like and dislike the director's cut It fills in some missing pieces yet at the same time is too long and melodramatic. Great actors. Great cinematographers. Bad script. Nothing profound out of those typical conquer the world speeches.
I do love the costume of the east, showing the exoticness of the lands Alexander conquered. There were few moments when Farrel delivered some ver poignat speeches but for the most part his great talent got withered in the terrible dialogue. Poor Val Kilmer as his father King Phillipp becasme a drunk buffoon.
Though not screaming for Oscars, the movie is somewhat entertaining.What kind of man conquers the entire known world at 26? Oliver Stone took on some Greek drama of his own when he made an epic on the life of Alexander the Great. Many Greeks I knew were annoyed at the historical inaccuracies. Nonetheless, Alexander was an icon in his time, and strategist supreme whose ability to win battles leading armies at a tender age were legend. It was as if the Greek God of War, Ares himself, had designated Alexander for a life of military glory. Much has been written on the Greek warrior and Stone does a decent job bringing a legend to life. Colin Farrell kind of pulls it off because he is close to Alexander's age during the time period of his best battles. Only Farrell, with his utter lack of discipline in real life, can't quite step into Alexander's shoes. Angelina Jolie is a riveting mother who seems to succeed only in fostering some subtle Oedipal complex in her son. And as for Alexander's father, he was never blind.
There must be something to the age 26. Eva Peron likened herself to Alexander, and became the most powerful women in patriarchal Argentina at 26 only to also die at 33. A life lived like a fast fire who burned out rather than faded away.