Ridley Scotts Gladiator revived Hollywood’s love of the magnificent historical epic, with a series of spiritual successors arriving within a few years.
On paper Oliver Stones Alexander had all the tools to become a great success. The Oscar-winning director had spent decades developing the project, and it hit theaters only six months after Wolfgang Petersen’s Troy earned $ 497 million at the box office, so the craving for swords and sandals was still there a lot.
Unfortunately, Alexander ended up flopping quite spectacularly after the $ 155 million bet limped to a pull of just $ 167 million from the cinemas. A 16% Rotten Tomatoes score made it abundantly clear that the sadly miscast Colin Farrell was the least of the film’s problems, but that did not stop Stone from trying to get it right.
On top of Director’s Cut, we got that too Alexander Revisited: The Final Unrated Cut and Alexander: The Ultimate Cut on home video, even though none of them could quite manage to polish this particular shit. However, the vanilla version has exploded in popularity on Netflix after breaking the platform’s global most watched list according to FlixPatrol, and it has even reached number two on the Canadian charts.
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