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Directed By
Oliver Stone

Written By:
Oliver Stone

Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, Val Kilmer, Jared Leto, Rosario Dawson

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Alexander (2004)
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Movie Review by Jessica Film Junkie
March 5th, 2007


It is utterly unbelievable to me that this is what Hollywood has come to, that the influence of the Evil Administration would cause the daring and controversial filmmaker Oliver Stone to censor himself. Throughout this epic film we are told that the great love of Alexander's life is his best friend and companion Hephastion (Jared Leto) yet all we see between these two is talk and hugs. Meanwhile when he marries Roxanna (Rosario Dawson) we see full frontal nudity of the woman, not of Alexander (Colin Farrell). I am not calling for nudity, I am calling for some respect given to gay relationships in cinema. At the very least we should see a kiss between Alexander and the great love of his life. The double standard is unbelievable. There is no possibility that we would not see love-making between a man and a female love of his life, yet somehow if the sex is switched it is lewd and disturbing.

I lost a lot of respect for Stone as a filmmaker because of that choice, as I did for Will Smith when he refused to kiss a man in 'Sex Degrees of Separation'. I know it was not Farrell's choice because he kissed a man in 'A Home At The End of The World' and he is quoted as saying 'a tongue is a tongue, lips are lips'. I hope this decision will be remedied on the DVD, but because it was not in the final cut I cannot endorse this film.

The film itself is dramatic, if scattered. The performances are good, especially Angelina Jolie who is haunting in her best performance in years. Her transformation into a woman old enough to be Farrell's mother (in reality she is only a year older than him) is totally convincing. Farrell is the new Russell Crowe, somewhat overdramatic but you can't take your eyes off him. I love seeing Jonathan Rhys-Meyers in anything, he is a much better actor and much more attractive than many actors in Hollywood getting more fame and money than he is. Leto is good in a small role. Dawson the same. It is good film that had a chance to be great.

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Mar 5, 2007 3:08 PM
I hated this movie ......total ARSE

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