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When I go to the movies, I like to come out of the theatre with my head still trying to figure what the film was really about. It happens when the movie is a bit larger than it first seems - when there are more ideas and meanings hidden behind the visible and the obvious.

Alexander was not one of those movies, at least not for me. It's a pretty straightforward account of the key events in Alexander's life. He gets born, has a wicked mother, loses dad, becomes king, conquers Asia, etc, etc. Not much going on there. Oh and did you notice he's gay? The movie sure makes certain you won't miss it.

I'm not a historian so I won't try to analyze the accuracy of this movie. Probably things have been dramatized a bit to ensure a Hollywood success. On the other hand, we're talking about 356 B.C. here, the age of Aristotle, Ptolemy and Plato. The historical data available isn't that accurate to begin with, easily confused with myths and legends.

Anyway, it was nice to see the movie just to refresh my memory of Alexander the Great. I just wish I'd left the theatre feeling more intelligent than I did. Maybe I just didn't get it.

Published 7.12.2004