Alexander

2004

Action / Adventure / Biography / Drama / History / Romance / War

142
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 16%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 35%
IMDb Rating 5.6 10 149319

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Angelina Jolie as Olympias
Rosario Dawson as Roxane
Jared Leto as Hephaistion
Val Kilmer as Philip
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2hr 55 min
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2hr 55 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Azathoth 1 / 10

Watch Michael Wood's series instead.

You'd have thought given the amount of ancient source material which is still extant, dodgy or not, on Alexander's life that Stone could have cobbled together a story from the various accounts without resorting to simply making bits up (i.e Alexander being shot in battle with Porus), pointlessly attributing speeches from one character to another (i.e Darius's daughter giving a reply to Alexander which is actually that of Porus), having set designs which were simply ludicrous (i.e Olympias having the Ram on a tree thingy from Ur in her room)...I could go on, and on, and on...This film was simply awful on every level, the battle of Gaugamela just looked like a complete shambles, why did the Macedonians (Including non-Irish actors) put on Irish accents? A misguided attempt to mask the misguided casting of Farrell? Who was himself hammier than a pig farm but given that the script often stank more than the latter I loathe to blame him entirely.

Avoid this film at all cost, especially if you have any education in the Classics, it's not even worth putting yourself through it for a laugh.

Oh yeah and it was the 'directors cut' I just watched, have never seen the original release and if this was an improvement God help those of you poor souls who saw it at the cinema.

Reviewed by kirangnsh 1 / 10

Utterly preposterous movie on the greatest king

By Zeus, this movie is awful! The movie is not just scripted poorly, it is directed pathetically! Mr.Stone completely loses grip on story telling... and by at the end of the movie, is clueless about what he wanted to say.

What put me off was neither the director's *obsession* to prove Alexander's sexual orientation, nor the plethora of inaccuracies/biased opinions through out the movie. It was the complete lack of representing why Alexander was "Alexander The Great". I would have endured it better if it were a documentary, with its purposes stated upfront.

Great men are so few; and when somebody goes ahead and downplays such a great person with their frivolous 'research' and story writing, it is outright annoying. I strongly believe that our next generation should learn from the great souls of the past. And if a director, when has such an opportunity, makes a bum of himself/herself, it is very, very irritating.

I am from India, where Alexander appears in our history text books at various grades at school. The fervor that the name Alexander brought to me when I was in school, which is nearly forty years ago, is simply indescribable. We Asians love him, adore him. We call him Sikandar, and the word stands for 'the heroic', 'the majestic', 'the king'. Rather than making the movie focus on his greatness - valor, ambition, respect for a fellow human being, and ultimately success in so many aspects of life, the movie was made about the most unimportant aspects of his life.

And for the records, Alexander won against the Indian kings, the last one being Porus. Alexander gave back the kingdom to Porus, for the courage shown by him after Alexander captured and 'interrogated' him. After this last war, Alexander's army was tired, and did not want to take on the army of Magadha, and Alexander returned home. The movie from this point on, does not even deserve comments.

Alexander supposedly asked his hands to placed in display after his death, showing the people "the one who conquered the world, after death, left empty handed". Instead of the ending of the movie being something to that effect, it was the Ptolemy's soliloquy at the end, which was... AARGH! absolutely absurd.

Reviewed by Paul Kydd 7 / 10

Alexander ***½ (7/10)

Available on Blu-ray Disc (Region B)

France/UK/Netherlands/USA/Germany 2004 English (Colour); Action/Drama/War/Biopic/History/Romance/LGBTQ (Warner Bros./ Intermedia/IMF/Pathé Renn/Gordian/Great Filmproductie); 176 minutes (15 certificate)

Crew includes: Oliver Stone (Director); Oliver Stone, Christopher Kyle, Laeta Kalogridis (Screenwriters, adapting Book ALEXANDER THE GREAT by Robin Lane Fox (uncredited) *** [6/10]); Thomas Schühly, Jon Kilik, Iain Smith, Moritz Borman (Producers); Paul Rassam, Matthias Deyle (Executive Producers); Rodrigo Prieto (Cinematographer); Jan Roelfs (Production Designer); Tom Nordberg, Yann Hervé, Alex Marquez (Editors); Vangelis (Composer)

Cast includes: Colin Farrell (Alexander), Angelina Jolie (Olympias), Val Kilmer (Philip), Christopher Plummer (Aristotle), Jared Leto (Hephaistion), Rosario Dawson (Roxane), Anthony Hopkins (Old Ptolemy), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Cassander), Brian Blessed (Wrestling Trainer), Tim Pigott-Smith (Omen Reader)

"Fortune favours the bold."

Forty years after dying in 323 BC, the extraordinary existence of an all-conquering Macedonian leader (Farrell) is recounted by an elderly pharaoh (Hopkins).

Unconvincing as a golden-haired 18-year-old, Farrell grows into the role, in Stone's long, ambitious epic, with occasional pompous dialogue and overacting, as befits such larger-than-life characters as Alexander's brutish, one-eyed father (Kilmer) and smothering, snake-charming mother (a scene-chewing Jolie).

Impressively for a mainstream film (a US flop that fared better in Europe and on home video), Alexander's conceivable bisexuality, while not tackled head-on, is neither sidelined, and despite taking a Persian wife (Dawson), the tenderest scenes are between a compassionate king and his trusted, boyhood friend (Leto).

Blu-ray Extras: Commentary, Featurettes, Trailers. *** (6/10)

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