They're all here: the Romanovs, Lenin, Stalin, Trotzki, Kerenski and Rasputin. It should be epic. It is not. I gave it some thought and finally believe that the film isn't interesting or moving because the main character Nicholas doesn't have a single heroic attitude in 'Nicholas and Alexandra'. So you can't identify with him or admire him. Loved Tom Baker's performance as Rasputin though. Already forgotten.
About three hours of gaudy costumes and sluggish pomp, infrequently punctuated with line readings such as, "That's what she said." It would be hilarious if it weren't so damned serious. I know there's a fascinating story of the Romanovs to be had, somewhere, but what I've seen so far gets so overwhelmed by the opulence that it all becomes a shiny gold blur.
Nicholas and Alexandra were as detached and oblivious to humanity beyond their love of Alexis as contemporary leaders are detached to Human Rights and Earth Rights beyond their education of Economic Rights. We see monarchical ideas crumble, the idea of royal blood, God's will, and the idea that war and the King are what the people need replaced by the rule of Lenin's bolsheviks 'n the future megalomania of Stalinism.