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Brilliant and touching
There are moments in this movie where the great movie it could've been peek out... They're fleeting, here, but they're worth savoring, and they happen often enough to make it worth your while.
Wolfgang Peterson's Troy is a great period war film with the plot that concerns the Trojan War and takes place in a matter of days(or weeks as opposed to the 10 year timeline of the historical event). Featuring a host of stars like Brad Pitt, Peter O Toole, Eric Bana and Orlando Bloom the film is an epic with some neat battle sequences. Among the performers Eric Bana shines the brightest though it is Pitt's Achilles who commands the screen. If you like historical epics then Troy by Wolfgang Peterson is right up your alley.
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Having seen the theatrical version, I thought to give the director's cut an opportunity at winning me over. Totalling at a gargantuan 196 minutes, the additional 30 minutes of swords and sandals certainly justify the elongated runtime. But alas, even with all the blood and guts, it's hindered by a lacklustre screenplay. Loosely based on Homer's epic poem Iliad, depicting the Trojan War and the sack of Troy, which happens to be Homer's second poem Odyssey. A war of powerful greed, lustful pride and embellishing love, the Trojan War is one of the most famous wars in Greek Mythology. Director Petersen manages to convey the central theme of immortality through vivid battles and ultimatums, with little assistance from Benioff's screenplay. The sheer lack of characterisation, particularly from Paris and Achilles, resulted in a monotonous story about honour. There was no emotion. Understandably it is a period war epic and so the sprawling battles take precedent, and they are entertainingly violent. But when so much time is spent establishing these characters and the relationships between them, you would've thought some emotional resonance should've naturally transpired. Acting was functional, mostly focusing on the physicality of their roles, with Pitt and Bana being the standouts. The duel between Hector and Achilles remains one of the most engrossing battles put to film. The inventive sword and shield choreography was outstanding. Despite having wealthy mythological source material, Benioff managed to make several changes that lead me questioning particular choices, especially condensing a decade long war to a mere week or two. Being a fan of Greek Mythology, I found it difficult to believe certain aspects. Some characters died when they shouldn't have, romances bloomed that didn't exist. Yet, for mainstream audiences that are uninitiated with such backgrounds, this remains a well paced action epic with visceral violence and a solid cast. Just don't expect an honest translation of Homer's poem.
I think people really trash this movie because it doesn't follow the source material to a T. The movie treats the gods in a more realistic sense: maybe they are out there manipulating behind the forces...maybe they aren't. Who knows? All the movie does know is that this is a tale of war and greed and reverence. It isn't about Helen or true love. Aggamanmeon only wants Troy to join under his kingdom and using his brother's unfaithful wife is a good enough excuse for him to declare war and finally get them to bend, Achilles wants fame and recogition but gets side trapped by a woman which ends up being his "Achille's heel", Hector just wants to have his family and be a good king to his people but ends up losing his life to war instead, and Paris just wanted a beautiful woman but ended up causing a war and finally growing a pair instead. I don't know if I'm crazy for writing that this film has some of the best dialogue, but it does. So many quotable moments. And it is so well acted.Most notably by Brad Pitt as Achilles, Eric Bana as Hector, Peter O'Toole as Priam, Brian Cox as Aggamanmeon, and Sean Bean as Odyessus.This film may not be 100% accurate, but it is a great film and a great take on the Troy story.I definitely think as years go on that this film will hold up, ans maybe even be considered a great by either the masses or just by those who realize what a gem it is.
Many a younger generation asked me why is a virus called a Trojan Horse, for those who love Homer or had some Greek mythology subjects, it is a no-brainer and we know why. This film is adapted from the tale about the lovelorn Paris and Helen- the face that launched a thousand ships. But it has been given some imaginative adaptations that Achilles became the center of the story. For all the ladies out there flocking to the cinema because there's finally an excuse to see Brad Pitt again , this time pumped up, rugged, muscular, glistening in sweat it's worth the wait and weren't disappointed. Resplendent cast of actors and as the story narrator, the reliable Sean Bean. Entertaining and admirable.