A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hopes of pursuing freedom while also falling in love with his master, the famous female philosophy professor and atheist Hypatia of Alexandria
Agora is a film by Alejandro Amenabar, who is clearly has a way with epic films. This one is set in Alexandria in the fourth century at the library. It’s a story really about a woman, whose name is Hypatia ,played by Rachel Weisz. The woman was a teacher and astronomer who was influential at a time when women were still considered second class citizens and had no rights once they married. It’s a little long, probably could have been a little bit shorter. I still thought it was fun to see that part of history and that part of the world and the politics portrayed. The CGI isn’t terrific, to be quite honest, but you don’t actually care. This is Romans, Christians, and ancient Egyptians, which means we’re forced to take creative movie making seriously, since who really knows what things looked like then. If nothing else, you come away with the idea that Christianity has always been violent and anti-women. It is a spectacle but it’s also a very small story and it shows that smart women have always had a hard time. So I give it four stars on that basis alone. You’ll enjoy it.