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I LOVE this era in history and have read a good ...
on September 26, 2014
This newer re-cut of the less than popular original film is a massive improvement over the original first version. So much more of the story is fleshed out and many of the characters feel more complete. I LOVE this era in history and have read a good bit about the time period and events. The more you know about Alexander, the more you'll get out of the movie. If you take it in passively, A LOT of it doesn't make complete sense. If you know the historical context and thus, the significance of the events, this film is very rewarding. Stone has done a great job expanding what was a bit messy before ... Jared Leto is unforgettable as Alexander's soul mate, Hephaestian. Angelina Joile is a HOT mess as Alexander's mother, but only in a truly wonderful way, and Colin Farrell adds touches of real humanity to a historical figure typically depicted as a brute, albeit a brilliant one. The scenes with these three really make the movie for me. I hope you enjoy this film as much as I did. All of the nay-saying has a relatively common root, especially noticeable once you watch the movie and feel the full impact of the story. As an academic, I'll say no more. Enjoy!