The audience was of an entirely different demographic than the first viewing which was an advance screening. Faint praise came from Daily Variety Magazine, published on 21 November 2004, for which Todd McCarthy wrote, Oliver Stone s Alexander is at best an honorable failure, an intelligent and ambitious picture that crucially lacks dramatic flair and emotional involvement. If you have any legal issues please contact the appropriate media file owners or host sites. Many will not appreciate this film, because their minds are too stuffed with current calamity to realize where their freedoms and dreams of equality originated from. Most academic criticism was concerned with the insufficient adherence to historical details. Farrel really looks a lot like Ryan O'Neil in Barry Lyndon. People's hatred of the film is hard for me to understand.
The average age of the audience was about 35-45, with not too many teens in there. His relationship with his father is destroyed when Philip marries 's niece,. Later on, Hephaistion succumbs to an unknown illness either by chance or perhaps poison, speculated in the movie to be carried with him from India. But when two men lie together in purity, they can perform wonders. You re viewing YouTube in English. Tell me, said Alexander, what do you wish that I should do with you? No snickering at blond hair, eyeliner, sultry looks from Bagoas, or any of the things that drew slight laughs when I saw it for the first time. Alexander insults Philip after disowning Attalus as his , which results in Alexander's banishment from Philip's palace.
In the modern world, especially in the West, two men are either very close to each other, sleep together, and have sex, or they keep a good comfortable distance from each other and, if they're friendly, might punch each other on the arm. They will simply fail to understand. Those who can appreciate will. But I fear that hoi polloi will not appreciate. He is severely injured with an arrow but survives and is celebrated. That's why Alexander kisses Bagoas, but not Hephaistion.
Another nod to a great director passed on, this time Stanley Kubrick. He argued that American critics and audiences had blown the issue of Alexander's sexuality out of proportion. Alas, fortune did not favor 'Alexander'. I highly recommend a second at least viewing at a theatre with a very good sound system. Yes, if you haven't figured it out by now, I do like the film. In other words, the world we know today might never have been if not for Alexander's bloody, yet unifying, conquest. But you know what, pacing is over-rated.
Also, a quick word about Val Kilmer, he has a wonderful human moment in the scene where Alexander tames the horse where he demands to be able to buy the horse half price if Alexander can tame it. After Philip is , Alexander becomes King of Macedonia. When Alexander won the battle, Porus was captured and presented to him. Alexander, full of grief and anger, distances himself from his wife, despite her pregnancy, believing that she has killed Hephaistion. It may not have been completely necessary, but it didn't confuse me at all. Colin Farrell has a scene in the film shortly before the second battle where he argues with Crateros that is just amazing. Here is a man who is willing to risk his son's life, and then use it to get a discount.
Porus replied, Treat me, O Alexander, like a king ought. The movie is fantastic; Well done, Olivier, Colin, etc. Coming out of tiny Macedonia today part of Greece , Alexander led his armies against the mighty Persian Empire, drove west to Egypt, and finally made his way east to India. Alexander grows up with his mother Olympias and his tutor , where he finds interest in love, honor, music, exploration, poetry, and military. Breaking Ground With a Gay Movie Hero. Hephaistion compares Alexander to , to which Alexander replies that Hephaistion must be his Achilles' best friend and lover.
He is worthy of praise in his portrayal of Alexander. A few more details: Alexander's hair. Alexander conquered most of the then known world and created a greek empire that spanned all the way from the Balkans to India. The New York Review of Books. Stone is hypothesizing that Hephaistion was essential for what Alexander did.
Having said that, however, I still loved the movie. What is not known is that the Persians actually had uniforms. Further, it's a standard Hollywood convention to juxtapose a love story with some great political, military, or otherwise grand event. This is removed in the director's cut. Available at , Accessed 5 January 2010.
What everyone seems to be missing, in those observations, is that Hopkins still plays the role as perfectly as it could be played. He then goes on to end his memoirs with praise to Alexander. Titanic, Enemy at the Gates, Gone with the Wind,. Fierman, 793 19 November 2004 , 26—32 2004. Alexander's accent and soft appearance. In the film, as in many older films, kissing is a metaphor for sex. Lane Fox, Alexander the Great Penguin Books, London, 1973.
For me, this is the complete Alexander, the clearest interpretation I can offer. Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Film studio for what they claimed was an inaccurate portrayal of history. The time structure didn't really bother me at all. I realized I had missed some of the dialogue and narration because the 1st theatre's sound system was horrible. After release, while it performed well in Europe, the American critical reaction was negative.