"His failure towered over other men's successes," says Anthony Hopkins' veteran general, reminiscing over warrior-king Alexander (Colin Farrell). The same can't quite be said for Oliver Stone, but the director's cut of his critically skewered, audience-repelling epic turns risible disaster to admirable failure. Less is indeed more. Twenty minutes has been ditched, with nips and tucks improving the pace and structural jiggery pokery addressing the original's dramatic inertia. There's less moon-eyed pseudo-gay dribbling between Alexander and Hephaistion (Jared Leto), while the awesome Angelina Jolie/Val Kilmer mom'n'pop scenery chewing is spread more evenly, with some father/son cave snippets particularly effective. There's still the odd Monty Python beat and what can't be rectified is Farrell's evident discomfort with the material. He's not Alexander The Great, he's a very naughty boy!

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: August 1st 2005

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