These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Mis-blamed: Oliver Stone and some others blamed Americans and their rampant homophobia when there were some complaints about a bisexual Alexander the Great. They more or less explained that all or most Americans were homophobic and completely ignorant of history. The only problem: there weren't really any complaints on the American side concerning Alexander's sexuality. The complaints were coming from conservative Greeks. No one called them out on it.
On top of that, Stone later blamed the movie's poor reviews and box office on American homophobia once again, ignoring the fact that the movie did not do well anywhere. The following year, Brokeback Mountain was a commercial and financial hit in the US, further proving America can enjoy a movie featuring LGBT characters.
Surely almost all of the movie. It's hard enough to take Irish Macedonians seriously without taking Alexander's crazy wig changes into account, or that hideous love scene with Roxane (including, maybe especially, the little scene with Hephaistion immediately before)
"You lawv kheem?" "He is Hephaistion."
The Macedonians were supposed to have Irish accents, as this was an artistic device to emphasise the cultural differences between the Macedonians and the Greeks, who considered the latter to be more rough and primitive. The problem is that, aside from the Macedonians, no one else has a consistent accent; see most of the Persians, for example, or Angelina Jolie's very Egyptian-tinted Queen Olympias.
Colin Farrell's performance swings back and forth between extremes, one being hyper-manly Large Ham and the other being a cripplingly wimpy mama's boy, with hilarious facial expressions and even more hilarious hair. Come to think of it, his hair deserves this entry.
Irish people have a hard enough time taking this film seriously, but when Mick Lally (now-deceased well-known star of now-deceased soap opera Glenroe, along with prodigious stage career) shows up, playing a freaking Macedonian horse-trader, and hamming it up for all he's worth, it just takes the cake.
Tear Jerker: Hephaestion's inevitable death is made all the more poignant when Alexander, who has become progressively disillusioned with his dreams throughout the film, starts speaking to him hopefully about all the great things they have yet to accomplish and how they will grow old together. Hephaestion dies in the middle of the speech.