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Old December 31st, 2016, 09:28 AM   #11
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I had high hopes for this movie. Oliver Stone had a big budget and some decent actors. I have read a lot about Alexander the Great and am very interested in the topic.

However, I agree with the critics. This movie was terrible. The action scenes were poorly done and minimized to a large extent. It hard to tell which was worse, the acting or the horrible dialog. Oliver Stone seemed to want to make a bad soap opera instead of a decent movie.

I commonly include this movie in my list when asked about what I think are the worse movies of all time.
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Personally I thought Stone wasted too much time exploring the character's relationships instead of concentrating on the action during the campaign; it reminded me of a soap opera. I agree that he tried to cram too much into it and it would have been hard to follow for someone who wasn't familiar with the subject. From a historical perspective it was pretty good but I found it hard to sit through.

Colin Farrell didn't help. My stomach turned every time I saw that blonde wig.

I prefer my movies to have more action and less angst but I wouldn't place Alexander in my list of worst movies of all time. Bruckheimer's King Arthur is at the top of that list. He took a cool story with interesting characters and stripped everything that was fun out of it. Even the action scenes were boring.

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It was quite boring and there was too much focus on the drama behind Alexander and not the amazing battles that he fought in. What made him inspirational was his dedication to his soldiers and their ability to overcome great odds.

Alexander was great because he was undefeated in battle.

Two battles was not enough to showcase his greatness.They focused too much on his homosexuality (no substantial evidence for this either).

People wanna see what made him great, not the maniac breakdown of his character. The accents were really annoying too and the dialogue was a bit too much.

Don't get me wrong the scenery, art, soundtrack and depictions of armies were fantastic as opposed to everything else, but to keep a story interesting you have to tell the story through the lens of war and his life was nothing but constant warfare. Another thing i can complain about is the fact that they tried to make out that the battle of hydaspes was a defeat for him when in fact it was one of his most brilliant battles ever. the genius river crossing in the night to the trapping of the indian army in a classic pincer movement.

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I had high hopes for this movie. Oliver Stone had a big budget and some decent actors. I have read a lot about Alexander the Great and am very interested in the topic.

However, I agree with the critics. This movie was terrible. The action scenes were poorly done and minimized to a large extent. It hard to tell which was worse, the acting or the horrible dialog. Oliver Stone seemed to want to make a bad soap opera instead of a decent movie.

I commonly include this movie in my list when asked about what I think are the worse movies of all time.
He made one of the greatest conquerors in history...boring.
1. Combat scenes were fine but short. Um...if you're going to make a movie about a conqueror who spent most of his life killing people and is the thing he is known for, you might show a little bit of it.

2. As above Stone tried to turn it into a Soap Opera. Sorry but that doesn't make the movie interesting.
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