93 Δεκέμβριος 23, 2004Posted by Lida in Uncategorized.
Just returned from Oliver Stone’s “Alexander the Great”. Didn’t like it. No, it wasn’t his portrayal as a bisexual that bothered me, the ancient world’s ideas about sexuality were very different from the ones we have now. It wasn’t the battles or the costumes, actually they where quite good. It wasn’t the omission of extremely important parts of history like the Gedrosian desert trail and the burning of Persepolis, I was willing to tolerate that. What I could not possibly tolerate was the performances and script. Soldiers with dreadful Irish and Scottish accents, who on earth would cast Angelina Jolie as Olympias and Val Kilmer as Philip II, and the script….it just makes you want to see them all dead!! How can I relate to the characters when they are talking such utter bollocks!!! The film might be historically accurate but the dialogs where like a cheap soap opera. I must admit I don’t share some of my fellow Greeks enthusiasm for Alexander. Despite his vision he was a bloody conqueror who killed thousands and destroyed the cultural heritage of civilizations that where in some aspects far more sophisticated than ours. I did not expect to go in the movie theatre and come out with a completly different opinion about him but I at least expected to see a descent movie of a similar quality as Gladiator, in stead I just saw the complete failure of Oliver Stone as a director.