Every film that has ever been nominated for a Razzie Award in any category.
The greatest legend of all was real.
Alexander, the King of Macedonia, leads his legions against the giant Persian Empire. After defeating the Persians he leads his Army across the then known world venturing further than any Westerner had ever gone all the way to India.
Since we don't actually know what ancient Macedonians sound like let's each pick a different accent!
I see Angie's gone with the "crazed gypsy accent" while Mr Farrell went with the "vaguely European mumble accent", Val decided on "mostly Californian" and Anthony went for "jolly old British".
"Directed by Oliver Stone"
Are you EVER.
"Music by Vangelis"
Is it EVER.
There are some interesting ideas in the 'Revised' final cut of the film and Stone does have a bold and grand vision for the story, but the execution of those ideas just doesn't work as well as he may have hoped for.
Three re-edits later and the movie still cant survive it's often boring script and messy narrative structure. The casting is also off at times, most notably with Farrell, who tries to give it his all, but just doesn't have the screen presence or grandeur to pull of such a huge role. The movie also contains so much screaming! why do all the characters yell all the time?
I respect Stone's passion for the project and the film has a few highlights here and there, but overall it's just trying to do too much at all once.
Watched "The Ultimate Cut," which, my GOD—cerebral camp. And I mean that as the highest compliment.
The Ultimate Cut.
Speechless right now.
Alexander: Revisited is the final cut from Oliver Stone of his Magnus Opus Alexander.
Over 30 minutes longer (214 minutes) than the theatrical cut this is much better, the added scenes actually do add something to the movie and with the new opening the movie seems more structured.
The battle at Gaugamela is portrayed as realistically as possible as is the battle in India where war elephants meet the Macedonian phalanx. Both battle scenes were impressive, very impressive.
From there the film goes at an almost break-neck speed back and forth in time to fill in Alexander's past and to develop his unbelievable conquering spree into the far reaches of Persia, Asia and India.
The cast is overall impressive, even…
This film was so long and drawn out that by the time it was over, I felt like I had conquered something! Stone was trying to fit a miniseries into a movie. The jumping around time frames made the story telling a little exhausting. In spite of the criticisms, this film is prolly the best ever made concerning Alexander the Great!
Oliver Stone would have me believe that Alexander the Great spoke with a thick Irish brogue, wore a stupid looking blonde wig and led a life of confusing narrative dead ends.
This was my second attempt at the non-linear Ultimate Cut, which is far better than the mess that was the more linear Theatrical Cut. The cutting back and forth between Alexander's triumphs, as he conquers territories over continents, and his obvious parental issues with both his horrid father and scheming mother, does help understand what Stone was attempting much better. It's certainly not lacking in interesting moments, as it is fascinating watching the myth of a man deconstructed via dysfunctional family relations.
However, no matter how much Stone can make this film better with different edits, I'm not sure there were enough smart decisions made during production to make "Alexander" a good film. Much like his documentaries about Castro before…
Independente das reações presentes e do que o futuro vier a reservar, “Alexandre” já é um filme catalogado para quem aprecia grandes épicos, grandes histórias e grandes personagens. O diretor Oliver Stone realiza (mais um) filme controverso ao contar a trajetória do imperador Alexandre que aos 25 anos conquistou o mundo até então conhecido e utiliza o intenso material que tem em mãos para montar a sua versão do mito que é personificado pelo jovem e rebelde irlandês Colin Farrel.
A trama acompanha diversos eventos de Alexandre desde a sua infância. Narrado pelo amigo Ptolomeu (Anthony Hopkins, nobre como a figura exige), a história se dá início quando o ainda menino Alexandre (Connor Paolo, grata surpresa) vive uma conturbada…
"I'll say it: I liked Alexander." - Oscar Wilde
I could critique the hell out of this film (believe me, it's heavily flawed), but it somehow managed to keep me interested for the majority of its nearly 3-hour running time. Though it's more interesting to see in terms of what Stone is trying to accomplish, rather than what he actually does accomplish.
I'd like to see how the other versions compare (I watched the "Director's Cut").
After a day at the Getty Villa, this (and two other movies we had in house) only seemed appropriate. However, the lady hadn't seen this one yet so I obliged. Heck, I remembered this movie as "not so bad" when I bought it nearly 10 years ago... but that was clearly an understatement after this rewatch. Really it's not so good.
I'm totally into director's cuts right now and this one came highly recommended. It's great, though. It is the first Oliver Stone movie that I've liked in some time.
Definitely worth watching.
There are minor spoilers below for those unfamiliar with the story of Alexander of Macedonia.
I don't know what to make of this movie. I have always liked reading about the philosophy of past great leaders, and Alexander the Great is definitely one of them. Many movies have been made to retell the significent events in their lives, but few have actually delivered. Unfortunately this adaption is one such movie.
I think they stayed pretty true to his character. There weren't really any extra unnecessary scenes with the sole purpose to further glorify him. It shows his early life where he met Hephaistion and other people who would later become his generals. It shows his big victories where he started…
There are precious few films that I give up on mid film and just call it a loss. This ponderous Oliver Stone pile is one of them.
An on-going collection of the worst films ever made. Even the ones that are so fucking bad, they're not worthy…
I'm a hoarder. Deal with it.
Current number: 1082
Watched: 49% (535 out of 1082)