Posted by sean on January 23, 2005 at 1:46 pm in Movies with No Comments

Yesterday I was mugged. Mugged of 3 hours of my life and £10.00 of my hard earned cash. Surprisingly no law was broken, but a crime was certainly committed. A crime against film making.

The incident happened at The Showcase Cinema’s in Bristol. My friend and I went out to see The Aviator, the cinema was packed and we didn’t fancy sitting through a long film in a full screen. We decided to go and see Alexander and pay for premium seats, after all the film was over 3 hours long.

The film was really boring and the plot extremely hard to follow. This was not due to complexity but to the fact it didn’t seem to make much sense, it was just a bunch of things that happened to Alexander the Great throughout his life. Rarely reasons for the events were explained!

The only good part of the movie were two impressive battle scenes involving thousands of people, even these were hard to follow though as there was just too much action.

“I think I’m on the wrong film set!”

Something else I found strange about the film was that most of the cast had Irish accents. I thought this was very strange especially as they were supposed to be Macedonian! Still, at least they weren’t all American like in so many historic films. Alexander was told from a very American point of view though which like with so many films in the past made it worse.

I really didn’t like this film, had it been cut down to 2 hours it may have been more acceptable, but for the duration it was along with the weak script and plot I simply cannot recommend it to anyone except insomniacs.

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