Alexander: Warrior King

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9.4
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10.0(7)
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9.3(7)
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9.4(7)
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9.0(7)
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(Updated: January 11, 2024)
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8.7
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10.0
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9.0
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8.0
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8.0
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8.0
This was a very well made edit with just a few visual and audio issues. The narrative issues I put solely at the feet of Oliver Stone for making such a convoluted and frankly boring war epic. Thankfully Kmartkid has shortened it by half so it is at least twice as enjoyable!

When you watch it like this, with most of the garbage removed, you can see the core story of a man who wins a battle, takes an empire, walks across Asia, receives an arrow wound, almost makes it home, and maybe dies of poison? It's a very strange story but there really doesn't seem to be a way to fix it. Cutting out all of the in-fighting, the first marriage, his banishment, and several of the *many* side characters, it all works for me.

The critical consensus is that the movie is a D to an F, scoring an average 30% approval, so for me to say I enjoyed this at an 8 is really speaking to the skill of Kmartkid's scene selections. I think just a little more illumination into the cause of his death would have been appreciated (although I correctly assumed poison). Keeping in more regarding his homosexual relationships would make this more historically accurate, as the edit dances around it but never commits, but it might be tough due to the removal of Rosario Dawson. Lastly it feels like a sin to remove Anthony Hopkins from anything, but I get it.

Overall, excellent work grabbing the main chunks of the movie and keeping us on track from his childhood to his death! A pretty fun watch!

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(Updated: December 21, 2023)
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8.7
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10.0
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9.0
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9.0
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7.0
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8.0
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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