Alexander: Warrior King

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Alexander The Great has always been a fascinating historical figure to me so I was pretty disappointed by Oliver Stone's initial film and his subsequent attempts to stick the landing. However, the reason I kept coming back for Stone's various 'revisitings' of his film is that there is undeniably some great material in the ungangly mess he created. This edit is the most successful edit I've seen thus far, likely because it decides to focus on only one aspect of Alexander's short, but eventful life--his rise and fall as a military leader. Honestly, you could probably make an entirely different edit from just the psycho-sexual material Stone was also trying to work out in his film because it's also interesting in itself, but trimming all that allows this edit to have more forward momentum. I also think the long-debated Alexander/Hephestion relationship is handled very well. You can view them as either lovers, best friends, soul mates, or any of the above depending upon your own opinion.

My only complaint would be the choice of the final song during the end credits. Given the classical nature of both the film and the soundtrack up to that point, suddenly being thrust into a song that I'm guessing is from a Transformers movie felt very jarring. Otherwise, this is a solid edit of a deeply imperfect, but interesting, film. Absolutely recommended.

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(Updated: December 21, 2023)
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I remember being excited for this movie when it was coming out back in 2004, only to be super disappointed. It was a total mess, from the direction to the story, to the acting, casting, EVERYTHING. I felt like only snippets worked, but it was just an trainwreck.

Well I just got done watching KmartKid's edit of Alexander and I am incredibly impressed. At first, I thought there is no way to fix this movie no matter how much you change. It turns out cutting 57% of the movie and making tons of other edits is a good way to start! While it's impossible to make this a great film, there was enough meat left to make it a pretty good one.

Some great choices include removing Angelina Jolie and Rosario Dawson's characters almost entirely. They're great actresses who were just terrible in this film. Also making a change to the score was a bold move. Sometimes the 1492 score takes me out of the moment, but most of the time it gives the movie an almost dream-like feel. Overall, it mostly works, and at the very least it's amazing how consistently woven it is throughout. Stripping away all of the multi-love triangles was a fantastic choice. They just kept making the original film more muddled, and added to what people didn't like about it.

Overall, I'd say the edit turned a D- movie into a solid B. B- if you want to be harsh. KmartKid did an incredible job of elevating a movie that should have been unsalvageable. Great work!

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