Alexander (Director's Cut) - 2004 (R)


Year of Release: 2004
Rated: R
Director(s): Oliver Stone
Approx. Running Time: 167 minutes
Format(s): DVD
My Rating: 2 Stars (Out of 5)


From Back Cover:

Academy Award winning director Oliver Stone presents a breathtaking new cut os his sweeping epic film, Alexander, the true story of the world's greatest warrior. Using footage never seen and dramatically reshaping dozens of scenes, he brings to life the overpowering forces and fierce personalities that forever changed history. Driven by a craving for his father's (Val Kilmer) love and the brutal ambition of his mother (Angelina Jolie), Alexander (Colin Farrell) faced massive armies in Persia, Afghanistan and India and was never defeated. "Fortune favors the bold" Stone powerfully demonstrates in the bold new film Alexander Director's Cut.

My Comments:

This movie would have been a hell of a lot better if the filmmakers had left all of Anthony Hopkins's scenes on the cutting-room floor. That's not to say, by any means, that there's something wrong with Hopkins as an actor, but his scenes were entirely unnecessary and made a long (almost 3 hours!), plodding film that much longer.

Overall, the movie is a dud. Even in this "director's cut" that is supposed to be faster paced, the movie lumbers along and much of the acting is so-so. Still, the movie does have its good points. There are some spectacular battle scenes and, in terms of the history aspect, Stone did not shy away from Alexander's bisexuality, spending a good deal of time on his relationship with his lover Hephaistion.

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