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More Than One Achilles Heel...
I remember having to read Homer's epics, The Illiad and The Odyssey, for my high school english class. After all this time though, my knowledge of either story's finer points has faded, save for the basics. I must admit, after seeing Troy's theatrical trailer, I said, either this is going to be a really good movie or a really bad movie. After seeiing the film, it ends up as an uneven movie with lofty goals that bare little with those intentions.
In 1193 B.C., Prince Paris (Orlando Bloom) of Troy stole the beautiful Greek woman, Helen (Diane Kruger), away from her husband, Menelaus, (Brendon Gleason) the king of Sparta. This act sets the two nations at war with each other. As the Greeks began a bloody siege of Troy using their entire armada, led by Achilles (Brad Pitt), he is in turns challenged by Hector (Eric Bana)--who killed his cousin.
While it is quite clear that director Wolfgang Petersen, whose work I usually like, was trying to recapture the feeling of grandeur, missing from most Hollywood films today, a few things got in the way of my ability to really endorse Troy. Sure, I am in no position to gripe about any changes to the saga, (since I haven't read the original work in a long time) still, of the things that I do remember was how those pesky gods kept meddling in human affairs. That aspect, had it been kept in would have made things a bit more interesting. As it stands now, we are led to think the Greeks had no Gods, not even one line is uttered about them really. The second reason is the acting--it's so lopsided. I had heard that Pitt was pretty good here, well he isn't. His line delivery is forced rather than forceful. Kruger and one of Hollywood's "it" boys, Bloom have little chemistry, which is vital considering they are the film's flashpoint. At the other end of the spectrum, Bana, Brian Cox as Agamemnon, and the legendary Peter O'Toole playing Priam are notable. Bana, for example, gives Hector an intensity that Pitt should have had as Achillies but lacked. Lastly, the script has some groan inducing dialogue, that sticks out like a rusty nail in the floorboards. On the plus side, Troy boasts some nifty battle action, cool weaponary, and stunning photograpy.
Troy has some really good things in it, but, most of it is burried. If you like spectacle then you will like the movie a lot. It's not it's a total loss, however, the things that nagged at me, REALLY nagged at me. At least half the cast makes Troy a *** star effort.
A really good piece of entertainment..
I have read many other reviews which complain about how different this movie is from Homer's Illiad. I have read the Illiad and agree with them, it is different. However, the title of this movie is not "THE ILLIAD"; the title is Troy. Yes, a few things have been changed, and a few deaths unplanned, but overall the story is great and sticks to the main plot. The movie itself is a masterpiece with extraordinary special effects and a cast of talented actors. If talent is not your thing, then the eye candy will hopefully do. Troy is a gripping and poetic film which I reccomend watching.
TROY was a magnificently done motion picture, kudos must be given to Wolfgang Peterson for his use of creativity and talent within such a film. It was thought for a long time that a movie that depicted the classic of Homer's "Iliad" would be impossible. And granted a few attempts were made, due to the nature of the book and the history behind it(Being one of the oldest and longest standing epics based upon the modern day idea of Heroism)it would be impossible for everyone to love. And within this story, Wolfgang tells the tale of the mortal aspect of the Trojan War. He does this not only for the reason of the impossiblity of explaining the god's to those who were not familiar with Greek History, but also to simply cut the movie down to a good 2.5 hours. The story centered around Achilles, and truly shows the growth of a Hero and the impact it has on all those around him. It is reflective of the "Iliad" not in the direct story-telling but in the feelings and the story of growth that Homer was attempting to portray. The movie captured very well the image that Homer was trying to paint. Even though you own a copy of the "Mona Lisa" and your copy was not painted by Da Vinci, the painting still has the same lasting effect on you. This film was a romantic and beautiful re-telling of the classic of Homer's wonderful epic poem. And in that way TROY is a tremendious success.
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