Alexander Revisted: The Final Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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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 you everything that happens). There's some spectacle on display but, alas, not much that is truly spectacular. --Steve Wiecking --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Before I go much further, I must say that I found the film to be good on the whole. I would probably grade it overall a 'B'; the acting for the most part would be a little less than this, and the effects a bit more (particularly the battle scenes, which for computer-generation, were very well done, especially the battle at Gaugamela, and the battle near the Ganges). The music, done by Vangelis (think 'Chariots of Fire'), was superb. As entertainment, the film was a good evening's outing, and I didn't find myself squirming in my seat as much as I thought I might at the prospect of a three-hour film. The computer-generated scenes in Babylon, and the on-location settings of Morocco and Thailand were glorious cinematography.
The character of Alexander in history is one of mythology, one that was so powerful that it inspired the Roman leaders from Julius Caesar forward to global conquest (an irony of history is that the Roman Empire, which supposedly covered the 'known world', didn't cover half of Alexander's empire). Colin Farrell's performance here was not one that is inspiring; his speeches to the troops lack the kind of power that an Olivier or Brannagh might have in a performance of Henry V -- yet this is precisely what was needed.Read more ›
I will warn some people, this movie isn't all war scenes. There is a lot of talking and a lot of strtegic moves BEFORE and AFTER war scenes, and some is just about Alexander's life itself. All in all, though, I really enjoyed this movie and it is definetly worth a look-see.
Another thing I liked was how Alexander's mother Olympias puts her own strength and ambition into him. In her intense love for him, as well as her horrible manipulativeness the movie shows (whether Oliver Stone intended to or not) what can happen to the energies of a strong woman in a society where she has no outlet for her ambitions except through her son. I liked too how Alexander's relationship with Hephaistion provides him with a balancing factor to his obsessive need for achievement. Hephaistion reminds him that love is important too. He is very supportive of Alexander, but provides a balancing perspective. Theirs is as close to an equal relationship as a king at that time could have, a spiritual-sexual friendship of the kind approved in the movie by their teacher Aristotle. I like a lot of things about this movie but I'll only mention one more. I liked the way the symbolism of the eagle appears throughout the movie and underlines the major themes.
I give the Theatrical Release version five stars.
I give the new Director's Cut only four stars because of excessive flashbacks that interrupt the flow and shape of the story, and some things taken out that I think should have been left in.
This film contains a great deal of royal deception and intrigue as Alexander’s mother claims to have been impregnated by Zeus as she schemes and plots to have Alexander assume the throne of the kingdom of Macedonia. This role is played very well by Angelina Jolie, there is nothing that she will not do in order to move Philip of Macedonia, Alexander’s father, out of the way.
The battle scenes are depicted with a lot of blood and mayhem, which is historically accurate. Two mighty armies fighting with spears and swords spills a lot of blood on the ground as well as on each other. This is particularly the case in the final battle scene between Alexander’s forces and those of an Indian army attacking with a large number of war elephants. They were in essence the first battle tanks, men on the ground were easily brushed aside by crazed elephants charging through their ranks.
The movie is also historically accurate in depicting Alexander’s sexual orientation. As a king, it was his duty to produce a male heir, yet many times he expresses his sexual attraction to males. While there is of course a great deal of poetic license taken with specific events, in general the movie is historically accurate. Some people object to this depiction of Alexander as gay, but all they are doing is demonstrating their ignorance of ancient Greek society.Read more ›
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Not worth buying. Big disappointment given the faous actorsPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This movie has all of the usual Oliver Stone characteristics one typically finds in his work. Like his previous films, "Alexander Revisited" is long, controversial, and... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Demetrios Angelis
It gives us a portrait of this contreversial great conquerer.
After revising the real story on Wikepedia, we can see the real for the
fantasy in this DVD. Read more