Young Alexander is set in Macedonia, north of Greece, in 340BC. Sixteen-year-old Alexander is still at school, under the tutelage of the great philosopher Aristotle, but he is old enough to engage in battle and he and his friends are eager to become fighting men. While his father, King Philip of Macedon, is distracted with keeping his unruly empire under control, Alexander must take responsibility for the welfare of his mother and sister – and, as treachery and death engulf the city, must take control to protect his father and his future.
Ancient wisdom, learning and philosophy are intertwined with stirring action and heroics as Alexander learns through his experiences how to command men’s respect, make allies, and form strategies; who to trust, how to inspire loyalty, how to outwit the enemy and who to watch out for. Alexander makes foes as well as friends, and his father has a lot of enemies who are turning their attention to the young prince.
Young Alexander is a family action-adventure movie with appeal across the board: mixing the fascinating story of Alexander’s early life with the legends, mythology and larger-than-life characters taken from this period of history and culture. Alexander was to stand head and shoulders above the rest as a military genius and inspired leader, and this film gives us a thrilling, action-packed insight into his younger years, through a story told with humour and intelligence. Alexander and his friends are on the brink of becoming soldiers, but in the meantime they are also enjoying the excitement of their teens and undergoing the same troubles and frustrations as teenagers today, and audiences of any age will immediately identify with their adventures.