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November 25, 2004



Alexander is beginning to sound like mandatory viewing. John Podhoretz says "Angelina Jolie plays Alexander's mother like she was Natasha from the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons" (via Instapundit) while ideofact quotes the following from a Washington Post review.

Then there's Angelina Jolie as Mom. Really, words fail me here. But let's try: Give this young woman the hands-down award for best impression of Bela Lugosi while hampered by a 38-inch bust line. Though everyone else in the picture speaks in some variation of a British accent, poor Jolie has been given the Transylvanian throat-sucker's throaty, sibilant vowels, as well as a wardrobe of snakes. She represents the spirit of kitsch that fills the movie, and with all her crazed posturing and slinking, it's more of a silent movie performance than one from the sound era. Theda Bara, call your agent.

Theda Bara... oh yes!

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 25, 2004 09:17 AM

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The big question is, does the phrase "moose and squirrel" figure in screenplay somewhere?

Posted by: Chris Taylor at November 26, 2004 10:38 AM

Well, I must be one of the few than. I saw the movie the other day and I dont think it was that bad. I certainly wouldnt say it was great, but I certainly dont think it was bad either.

The accents didnt bother me too much. Angelina's was a bit heavy but hey, it sounded kind of hot to me.

My only real problem with the movie was Alexander himself. I wouldnt say it was Collin's acting as much as Stone's directing. Basically, Alexander came off more as a wussy boy than a conquering meglomaniac.

Posted by: Matt at November 26, 2004 12:07 PM