Alexander

"The greatest legend of all was real."

The movie Alexander is a film that is based on the life of Alexander the Great. The film stars many famous Hollywood actors including Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, and Anthony Hopkins. Alexander the Great was a legendary king of Macedon. During his rule he conquered the lands of Asia, Egypt, Persia, and India. The film beings when Alexander is young. His father is the king of this land. He does not have a happy or peaceful childhood. His parents are having marital trouble, and Alexander and his mother live on their own. He is tutored by Aristotle, where he learns philosophy as well as military combat. His father marries his aunt, completely destroying their relationship.

The king is assassinated making Alexander the new ruler. During the movie, some of the battles that he is famous for are shown. This includes his most famous battle, the Battle of Gaugamela. This battle is his attempt to take over Asia. The movie also shows his private life. When Alexander married, it put a stain on his relationship with his best friend. 

The Battle of Hydaspes is shown in detail in this movie. This was his final battle and also the most violent. Alexander himself is injured during this fight. He survives, but he loses his friend due to illness. Alexander goes into a depression from this and secludes himself from his wife and their child. A couple of months later, he dies, leaving his land to be ruled by a new king. Alexander is said to be one of the most powerful and greatest kings that have ever come to power. This movie shows his successes as a king and his short comings as a man.

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| 2004 | 2 hr 55 min | 5.5/10
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Director
Oliver Stone
Language
English
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