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Alexander Revisited (FC)
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Mar 13, 2007 By: Mathew Plale
Alexander Revisited (FC) order
Director:
Oliver Stone

Actors:
Colin Farrell
Angelina Jolie
Anthony Hopkins

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Oliver Stone's third outing with his pet project, Alexander, which covers the days of leader Alexander the Great, from childhood to his death at the age of 32.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Alexander the Great, meet Oliver the Self-Indulgent.

I couldnt tell you what makes the 2-disc Final Cut different than the theatrical version or even The Directors Cut. I didnt see the latter twocritics kept me away, and for good reason. However, Revisited is nearly 50 minutes longer than Stones directors cut from 2005.

But dont let that scare you (well, you can, but hear me out). This version has {GASP} an intermission! This added interlude is Stones attempt to put himself in the realm of such Masters of the Epic as Cecil B. DeMille, William Wyler, and David Lean. Of course, this is driven by Stones immense ego, since Alexander is clearly the Howard the Duck of historical epics.

The film follows Alexander the Greats life across a dreadfully expanded timeline. From his days as a student of Aristotles and crowning as king of Macedonia, to his victories over the Persian Empire and his homosexual affairs on Babylon Mountain, Stone covers it all, no matter how wildly boring it may be.

Stones miscast opus begins with Anthony Hopkins portraying Ptolemy, who will narrate what feels like the entirety of the films 214-minute running time. The voiceover plays like the dullest college history lecture in a class you cant skip because you need the credits. Only occasional air is pumped into the lungs of Stones ambitious stillborn. Take for example Philip IIs operatic death, which plays beautifully to Vangelis passionate score.

The chaotic battle sequences are rambunctious, running wild and seemingly unrehearsedwasted opportunities for Stone to redeem this generic history lesson. His hero is seemingly reading from a textbook that Stone has studied, spewing out more inspirational one-liners than the head coach of the UCLA basketball team.

Stone is filled with passion, but supplies little payoff. Like Ridley Scotts 2000 Best Picture winner Gladiator, Stones work lies somewhere on the line between an HBO miniseries and a History Channel special.

While worlds of thought were put into the project, its not likely to stir any within its audience. Except for one question that can never be answered: Who looks better in eyeshadow: Jared Leto or Angelina Jolie?
THE EXTRAS
Introduction by Oliver Stone (3:26): Stone explains his method behind the madness that is Alexander. His reasoning for the newly added intermission? To step back and reflect on what youve just seen. Wow.

The DVD also comes with a Free Ticket to see '300'. Not too shabby!
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
As Stone warns us in his introduction, if you loved the film from the start, you'll love this version. If you hated it, you'll hate it more. If you haven't seen it...avoid it.
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