Alexander the Great

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Garland D. Jones Humanities Summer 2006 Alexander the Great Summery Whatever you're expecting from “Alexander,” the odds are high you'll be in for a huge surprise. Oliver Stone’s Alexander the Great story is more about the man himself and his relationships with the men in his life, than it is about Alexander’s conquests and life as a ruler. Anthony Hopkins serves to narrate “Alexander” and fill in parts of Alexander’s life Stone chose not to act out on the screen. After Hopkins’ opening narrative sets up Alexander’s back-story, we’re introduced to Alexander as a young boy. We quickly learn Alexander’s mom, Olympias, has a thing for snakes and has taught her boy he’s the son of a God. We see Alexander’s dad, King Philip, past his prime and disconnected from his only heir. It’s not until Alexander wows his father by taming a wild horse that Philip even acknowledges Alexander’s rightful place at his side. The first phase of the three hour film also sets up Alexander’s close relationship with Hephaistion and a small group of companions who will fight by Alexander’s side throughout his reign. Colin Farrell
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