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Running Time:
2 hours, 55 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
For violence and some sexuality/nudity.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
It's sometimes mildly interesting, but most of the time it's just plain boring, and you'll hear more accents than you've ever heard in one film, and none of them Greek or even Macedonian.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Commentary by Oliver Stone; Subtitles: English, Franšais & Espa˝ol; Resurrecting Alexander; Perfect is the Enemy of Good; The Death of Alexander; Vangelis Scores Alexander; Theatrical trailers; DVD-ROM PC web link to the online world of Alexander the Great.

Director Oliver Stone tells the story through the aging eyes of his friend Ptolemy (Anthony Hopkins), who appears to be dictating his memoirs long after Alexander's death. We first meet Olympias (Angelina Jolie), Alexander's mother, in her bed, surrounded by snakes. She teaches her young son to grasp a snake without flinching. This quiet scene gets interrupted by her attempted rape by the boy's drunken and uncouth father, King Philip of Macedonia (Val Kilmer). We then see wrestling matches among the young boys and meet Hephaistion, Alexander's best friend. Alexander is being educated by Aristotle (Christopher Plummer) who teaches the boy the virtues of manly love and outlines the route Alexander will ultimately take to conquer his empire. He gets words of wisdom from his father which include: "Women are more dangerous than men" and "A king must know he has to hurt those he loves." Meanwhile his mother fills him with malicious gossip about his father. We see Alexander and Hephaistion hugging each other in loving friendship, and then we see them as grown men (Colin Farrell and Jared Leto). Hephaistion seems to be lurking about, always watching Farrell, with his dyed blond hair and costumes and makeup all of which seem to unnecessarily feminize the future leader. Then suddenly the film rushes into action, but constantly cutting between speeches and battle scenes and back to more speeches. Alexander y receives many letters from his mother, which we see her dictate while draped in snakes, from her palace bed chambers. She offers advice which he never even considers. He always seems to be running away from her and searching for young boys, instead of consolidating and governing his empire. While Hephaistion seems to be the love of Alexander's life, we often observe Alexander cavorting with male dancers dressed as women, until suddenly he meets and decides to marry Roxane, an exotic dance girl (Rosario Dawson). What follows is one of the most bizarre wedding nights you've ever seen, including a rape attempt on his new wife, and ending with a knife to Alexander's throat. The marriage seems to be a ploy to unify the empire as much as it is to beget a male heir. While the battles scenes are always spectacular, you get lost in the carnage and never are able to follow the action, until the enemy suddenly flees, and you realize that Alexander has conquered again. Since the film fails to deliver a portrait of what Alexander was really about; what you're left with is just an overlong epic full of noise, spectacle and warfare.

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