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*** Official ALEXANDER Discussion Thread


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#1 of 108 TerryRL

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Posted November 23 2004 - 09:18 AM

Ouch. Most of the early reviews I've read are pretty bad, but still, ouch.

This review could end up being a lot more entertaining than the film itself.
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#2 of 108 Jeff(R)

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Posted November 23 2004 - 11:28 AM

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Ouch. Most of the early reviews I've read are pretty bad, but still, ouch.

I've read quite a few of the reviews. Sounds horrible. This might be the lowest tomatometer rating I've seen - currently 10%:

http://www.rottentom...om/m/alexander/

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#3 of 108 RobertR

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Posted November 23 2004 - 11:30 AM

I like this dig:

"Alexander the so-so".
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#4 of 108 Jeff(R)

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Posted November 23 2004 - 11:40 AM

I like this one myself:

"A swollen behemoth of a celluloid monster..."

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#5 of 108 MarcusUdeh

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Posted November 23 2004 - 12:50 PM


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#6 of 108 Chris

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Posted November 23 2004 - 02:08 PM

You know, that's a good question. Cat Woman was really crappy. But it was so camp you could laugh at it. This movie takes itself so damn seriously, that it's suckiness is pretty hard to laugh at. That's the hard part. I don't mind terrible movies if they are so over the top laughable there is at least the ability to enjoy them. This film lays there like an underpaid hooker and never seems to get up.

I guess it depends on what you consider a bad film, though.
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#7 of 108 Holadem

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Posted November 23 2004 - 02:41 PM

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This film lays their like an underpaid hooker and never seems to get up.
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#8 of 108 Chris

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Posted November 23 2004 - 02:43 PM

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Posted November 23 2004 - 03:17 PM

Poor Oliver Stone. I heard the movie was a labour of love for him, which he spent years working on. I can completely understand why some people criticize him, but I have a lot of respect for him because of such work of his as Scarface (screenplay), Platoon, JFK, and Wall Street. I even liked Natural Born Killers and U-Turn, although I see why some people hate them.

#10 of 108 Casey Trowbridg

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Posted November 23 2004 - 04:56 PM

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This film lays their like an underpaid hooker and never seems to get up.

This line was so awesome!

#11 of 108 Scott Weinberg

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Posted November 23 2004 - 08:16 PM

Here's my review, and keep in mind that I really DID want to dig this movie. Honest.

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Posted November 23 2004 - 10:00 PM

This thread is now designated the Official Discussion Thread for "Alexander" please, post all comments, links to outside reviews, film and box office discussion items to this thread.

All HTF member film reviews of "Alexander" should be posted to the Official Review Thread.

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#13 of 108 Chris Farmer

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Posted November 24 2004 - 03:26 AM

Haven't seen the movie, just wanted to comment that Chris just dropped one of the funniest lines I've heard in a long while. truly hilarious.

#14 of 108 Kachi Khatri

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Posted November 24 2004 - 04:50 AM

I was excited and looking forward to this movie, but after the 'obvious' critical and general consenus on this, I lost interest completely and the critic below actually echos my gut feeling:

"Alexander the Great will have to wait for another time and another director before justice can fully be achieved"

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#15 of 108 Ernest Rister

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Posted November 24 2004 - 04:57 AM

I saw a headline calling this the "Heaven's Gate of 2004". I really don't remember a Heaven's Gate of 2003 or 2002 -- (maybe Treasure Planet qualifies) but does this have a shot at becoming the all-time money loser? Doesn't Pluto Nash hold that title right now?

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Posted November 24 2004 - 05:07 AM

How's the score? I could (now) care less about the film, but I am still excited about an epic Vangelis score.

Music please,
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#17 of 108 DustinLC

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Posted November 24 2004 - 05:08 AM

Is it the leading casts that makes it bad? To me, it's the reason why I don't want to see it. Have any other people in the leading roles and I would have rushed to see it.

There are certain actors that shouldn't be in a period film IMO.

#18 of 108 Greg_S_H

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Posted November 24 2004 - 06:02 AM

If you read Scott's review above, you'll see it goes beyond the casting. The whole thing is just a mess. Here's a funny paragraph from another review:

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Alexander's great love was said to be Hephaistion, who is played in the film by Jared Leto, but unless you know Jared Leto by face, even late in the movie you'll have no idea which one he was. I thought he was this other guy, equally handsome, equally vapid, equally unmemorable, whom Alexander prongs with a spear in a drunken rage late in the movie. But that was some other guy.

http://www.washingto....2004Nov23.html

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Posted November 24 2004 - 06:17 AM


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Posted November 24 2004 - 06:17 AM

ALEXANDER isn't great (although it has great elements), but it's not uninteresting. There are crucial parallels to Stone's SCARFACE screenplay, as well as NIXON, and the structure quotes CITIZEN KANE. It's a personalized pop movie, which is something that audiences and critics have trouble with these days. ***/****
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