- 2 hr 10 min
Alexander, directed by Oliver Stone and released in 2004, tells the story of Alexander the Great, one of the most successful military leaders of all time. The movie stars Colin Farrell as Alexander, Angelina Jolie as his mother Queen Olympias, Val Kilmer as his father King Philip II of Macedon, and Jared Leto as his close friend and lover Hephaistion.
The movie begins with Alexander's childhood in Macedon, where he is raised by his ambitious mother who believes he is destined for greatness. Philip II, on the other hand, is more interested in drinking and womanizing than in molding his son into a great leader. However, when a Persian envoy insults Philip II, he vows to conquer Persia and make it his own.
After Philip II is assassinated, Alexander takes over as king and begins his conquest of the Persian Empire. He defeats the Persian army at the Battle of Issus and captures the capital city of Babylon. Along the way, he discovers that his father was not his biological father, but rather a god who impregnated his mother. He begins to believe that he too is a demigod and becomes increasingly megalomaniacal.
Alexander then sets his sights on India, where he meets and falls in love with the beautiful Roxane (played by Rosario Dawson). However, his troops become restless and he is forced to turn back from his quest. On his way home, he falls ill and dies at the age of 32.
The movie is known for its epic battle scenes and stunning visuals, as well as for its exploration of Alexander's relationships with Hephaistion and Roxane. It also delves into Alexander's psyche and his belief in his own divine destiny. Some critics praised the movie for its ambitious scope and grandeur, while others criticized it for its confusing pacing and lack of historical accuracy.
Despite mixed reviews, Alexander remains a memorable and ambitious film that attempts to capture the life and legacy of one of history's most storied figures.
Alexander is a 1998 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 10 minutes.