Alexander is Oliver Stone’s sweeping historical saga that charts the life and legend of one of the greatest figures in world history. An epic that is as daring and ambitious as its subject, a relentless conqueror who by the age of 32 had amassed the greatest empire the world had ever seen.
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I feel this film runs into the same issue as Michael Mann's "Ali": the subject is treated with incredible style, with lush and baroque production and very dynamic direction. However, the story of the subject as depicted is terribly jumbled, and even though it is entertaining and interesting to see how Stone identifies with his idea of Alexander the Great, the film itself is limited in the tale it tells.
It's a shame that the story of one of the most interesting figures in military history was so badly mishandled. What's even more tragic is that since the movie was such a spectacular failure, it'll be awhile before we get a film of substance about him.
Oh Gawd. I love Oliver Stone; J.F.K is that film I can watch over and over again and never tire of, but this is a disaster. It takes some guts to make Alexander the Great this daft. Fair play to everyone involved for failing with such gusto! x
Aferrado a su amor incondicional por descubrir nuevas tierras y sobretodo, a una ruta en cuyo discurso tuvo como maestro a Aristóteles, quien le dijo que un hombre con mucho valor podría conquistar la India y dar vuelta por el Nilo hasta llegar a Macedonia de regreso por Babilonia. Sin duda, el más grande Alejandro de todos los tiempos.
Revisited is the version I watched and that version doesn't warrant the hate i've seen this film receive.
I've read quite a lot on Megas Alexandros and the Diadochai and i'd say Stone summed up the tensions, the politicking and everything just right. Also the Revisited is structured in a completely non linear fashion and changes eras at the perfect moment.