Too Much Sex in the Movie "Alexander" and Not Enough Friendship and Battles?
"Alexander" Movie Poster
Quote from "The Story Line of Alexander"
"I had to research Hephaestion to really understand what a unique friendship he and Alexander had. He was the closest person to Alexander and he confided everything to him. After his death Alexander had ordered everyone in their army to go into mourning by chopping off their horse's manes. He also wept on his friend's body for a whole day before his other friends had to forcefully drag him away. These were all things that could have been added to the movie and would have improved it in some ways to understand how close they were."
The Story Line of Alexander
I'm not a prude or homophobic by any means, but "Alexander" had too much focus on Alexander's sex life. A movie about Alexander the Great should be about his land conquests not his romantic conquests. It makes sense to outline some of his sexual life and romantic life, but not to keep flaunting it out there at every second in practically every scene, unless all Alexander did was oogle men (and the occasional woman) all the time which is unlikely as he was probably more concerned about being killed by his enemies or by his own men and war plans. They could have outlined some of his sexual liaisons but added plenty of battles and made this a great story, but they sadly chose not to.
My other issue with the story is his friendship and relationship with Hephaestion. It's not shown enough. There's scenes where they kiss and talk and it's implied they have sex, but there wasn't enough of them just talking and being friends for you to care about their friendship. I sadly didn't understand why Alexander was so depressed when Hephaestion died because they never gave them much scenes for you to care about Hephaestion. They could have shown some more of his personality yet they didn't. I felt sad when he died, yet I didn't feel his character was explored enough at all and he was a very interesting historical figure that they could have explored plenty. I had to research Hephaestion to really understand what a unique friendship he and Alexander had. He was the closest person to Alexander and he confided everything to him. After his death Alexander had ordered everyone in their army to go into mourning by chopping off their horse's manes. He also wept on his friend's body for a whole day before his other friends had to forcefully drag him away. These were all things that could have been added to the movie and would have improved it in some ways to understand how close they were.
The last thing, and certainly not least, is the continuity is poorly paced. It jumps around more than "Batman Begins", which doesn't serve much purpose except to somehow connect his past to his present, yet it's confusing. The only way you can understand where they are in time is judging Alexander's hair. If it's long and unruly you can guess he's far away from home in the middle of his journeys. If his hair is short and sort of clean you can assume he's back at home.
Favorite Colin Farrell movie?
Favorite Colin Farrell movie?
The Characters of "Alexander"
For the most part they include all of the main historical characters around Alexander. The issue I have with them though is their accents are Irish...which doesn't make a whole lot of sense. I know some of the actors that worked on this project were Irish, but not everybody was. They should have just had the actors try to use Greek accents or cast actual Greeks in the parts and have them speak in Greek and include subtitles. For a movie to do justice to the story of Alexander the Great they might as well have tried to use the closest language to what they spoke then (true the Greek language now is different, yet it would have added to a more appropriate way to remember them.) Angelina Jolie's character Olympias has another indecipherable accent that's either Italian or Russian or something that isn't very consistent while she's talking. Really, the director should have hired accent coaches for the entire cast. That being said I do like the look all the characters have, and that really was why they were cast.
Angelina Jolie in "Alexander"
The Costumes of "Alexander"
The costumes are pretty good and fairly authentic looking. Some of the wigs were a bit bad. Alexander's wigs at times looked really fake, like the kid in "The Little Prince" movie. Colin Farrell's eyebrows were also too dark to belong to someone who has such blonde hair. Other than that the costumes were elaborate and well made. Angelina Jolie had the best female costumes in the movie for sure.
Similar Movies to "Alexander"
Some comparable movies to "Alexander" are: "Gladiator", "300", and "Pompeii". If you enjoy any of these movies you might like "Alexander".
Colin Farrell and Jared Leto in "Alexander"
Rating for "Alexander"
Who is this movie for?
This movie simply isn't that great. It could have been, but it isn't. I think the director didn't include enough battles or create a logically paced story line. It's a mess. If you really like the time period or the actors in the movie you will like the movie enough. It's rated R or Unrated if you get the Director's Cut. I wouldn't recommend young people watch this. I watched some of it when I was fourteen or fifteen and I couldn't follow along with what was happening at all because I didn't understand that the story jumped around. I wasn't bothered by the sex scenes with Alexander and any men, but I was disturbed by all the sex scenes concerning women as they were all forceful and looked like the men were hurting the women as they had to force them into bed and fight against them to get on top of them. In one scene between Angelina Jolie and Val Kilmer it doesn't end with them having sex as Alexander as a boy is sleeping in their bed, but before he sees his son Val's character (Alexander's father) tries to force himself upon Angelina's character (Alexander's mother) while she screams and fights. Once he does see his son he stops but becomes angry and he attempts to beat up his wife until Jolie screams: "He'll never be your son! I carried in my womb my avenger!" So if you're a woman you might be disturbed by those violent scenes.
I give this movie two out of five stars. It's not the worst movie, but a movie about Alexander the Great should have been great. Watching it through one time is worth it definitely, just maybe watch an Alexander the Great history documentary if you want more details on his conquests and battles.