Rule The World!
It’s time to take a break from Church scandals, neoconservative Presidents and the ongoing struggle by the modern Pagans to retain (and gain) our rights and talk about movies. Specifically upcoming movies that may be of interest to the readers of my blog. Lets start with the 500lb gorilla of movies with a Pagan bent “Alexander”.
Colin Farrell plays Alexander
“He was many things to many people ? a dashing warrior king, filled with ambition, courage and the arrogance of youth, leading his vastly outnumbered forces against the massive Persian armies?a son desperately longing for the approval of his stern, battle-scarred father, torn and conflicted by his mother?s legacy?a relentless conqueror who never lost a battle and drove his soldiers to the very edges of the Known World?a visionary whose dreams, deeds and destiny echo through eternity, helping to shape the face of the world as we know it today. He was all that and more. He was Alexander the Great.” – Movie Synopsis
How good will it be? Hard to say, you have the sometimes brilliant but often uneven director Oliver Stone, at the helm. You have Anthony Hopkins, but you also have a lot of actors (Val Kilmer, Angelina Jolie) who have been mostly known by their recent flops rather than their past hits.
This movie strikes me as a gamble, if it pays off it could be a redemption for many involved, but if it flops it could be the end of a career or two. For more information on the historical Alexander (who ushered in the Hellenistic period) check out this website that collects most of the better information on the web. This movie opens November 24th.
More interesting, is how the “message” of Alexander will be interpreted. Is is pro-empire? Is it anti? How will all this play in the new Bush term? Will ancient Pagan religion be presented, or will Pagan customs will be pushed to the side like they were in King Arthur and Troy.
In any case you can count on my comments once its out.