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As a Greek i should be proud of this movie..
But i'm not!
When i watch a movie i am seeking a cinematic experience and this movie falls short in this domain.The ala Gladiator war scenes of epic scale don't show at all why Alexander's tactics are so important to-date because Stone thinks that is more important to show face-to-face combat between soldiers for the most part.Or the Drama behind the hero "my daddy doesn't love me! My mommy is younger than me!" does not suit the theme of the movie and is out of place.
Some will say that the movie stays true to the facts.Well...no,it's not.Except for Phillip who is very accurate,the time-line,the explanations as for why would Alexander start his campaign,showing Aristotle teaching other children as well,the love with Hyphastion (in truth he nearly beat him to death one time,because Hyphastion laughed at his presence! Which led to Hyphastion returning home),and showing Olympias as a witch (in truth she was accused as a witch after her son's death so she would leave Macedonia and return to her native country in Epirus,hence the accent,without claiming anything) these are completely f.u.b.a.r.
Alexander did not have friends (his best friend was his horse,see?)and he did not have lovers,as a student of Aristotle he was abstemious and was living his life in "ethos" (he executed in front of all his army one of his soldiers who had raped a woman-prisoner/slave).He was a tactical mastermind by the time he was 20y.o. and a great leader but we don't see the why or the how in this movie. Beautiful was the music by Vangelis,and the cinematography,the costumes and clever was the use of accents to depict the gathering of all the city-states. I am not saying it is a bad movie,i'm just saying that the same script could be used with any other name on top and it would not make a difference.
Ps. Oh! And something else; going through the comments for this movie, i stumbled across many reviewers who have opinions for as if Alexander (the name Alexandros means gatherer of men as "alexikerauvno" means gatherer of thunders)or Olympias (that's easy,think Mt.Olympus) were Greek or Slav or whatever,well.. you could read a book! A good book that is!