Troy (2004)

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Troy (2004)
  • Time: 163 min
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Director: Wolfgang Petersen
  • Cast: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Julian Glover, Brian Cox, Diane Kruger

Storyline:

It is the year 1250 B.C. during the late Bronze age. Two emerging nations begin to clash after Paris, the Trojan prince, convinces Helen, Queen of Sparta, to leave her husband, Menelaus, and sail with him back to Troy. After Menelaus finds out that his wife was taken by the Trojans, he asks his brother Agamemnon to help him get her back. Agamemnon sees this as an opportunity for power. So they set off with 1,000 ships holding 50,000 Greeks to Troy. With the help of Achilles, the Greeks are able to fight the never before defeated Trojans. But they come to a stop by Hector, Prince of Troy. The whole movie shows their battle struggles and the foreshadowing of fate in this remake by Wolfgang Petersen of Homer’s “The Iliad.”

One review

  • The movie “Troy” is an adaptation of Homer’s Iliad and also includes material from Virgil’s Aeneid. The cast was filled with many well-known actors such as: Brad Pitt, who played Achilles; Diane Kruger, who played Helen of Troy; Orlando Bloom, who played Paris; Eric Bana, who played Hector; and Peter O’Toole, who played Priam.

    Movie-wise, I think that the director and producer of this movie were very smart. The way they presented the movie was very well-thought out and smart. The characters they chose to play each character were not the best choices acting-wise, but they were the best choices for the publicity and success of the movie. The actors who play the main or lead characters are well-known. One of the main reasons they got their parts were probably because they could attract an audience and help the movie do good at the box office. To me, the actors did a pretty good job portraying their characters. I thought Brad Pitt made a great Achilles, but his physical appearance made up about 75% of his character. Diane Kruger was a great Helen of Troy looks-wise, but I didn’t think that her character required a lot of acting skill. She wasn’t a big part of the movie, so she didn’t really have a chance to show any acting skill. Orlando Bloom played the part of Paris very well. To me, Paris was a pretty boy pansy-ass coward and Orlando Bloom pulled it off nicely. His looks and the way he acted throughout the movie convinced me that he was Paris. Eric Bana was a great Hector and pulled off the part very well. His acting was very diverse, from the ferocity he showed when fighting, to the regret over killing Patroclus, Eric Bana really portrayed how great Hector was as both a warrior and a person. Peter O’Toole, I thought, did the best job overall. He played the part of Priam well, and the scene where he asks Achilles for Hector’s body was one of the best scenes of the movie. He played his character convincingly, and was the best actor overall.

    The movie overall was enjoyable. It’s more enjoyable to watch when you know a little background information on the movie. I thought that the movie was a pretty accurate adaptation. I like that the movie didn’t include the Gods in it because that would have made it weird and confusing. I like that they changed parts of the story to make it seem more relateable and watchable. For example, instead of Paris deciding who gets the apple and Aphrodite giving Helen to him, the movie shows that they fell in love overtime. To me, that makes a lot more sense and is relateable and watchable. Overall, I would give the movie 8/10 stars.

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