What is there to say about a movie with this much hype, this much star power, and this much action promised? Troy is one of those movies guaranteed to make money no matter how good or bad it is, simply because of the actors and the basic anticipation. However, does this story of the “greatest battle man has ever seen” live up to the hype?
For those not too familiar with Greek mythology, Achilles (Pitt) is a warrior blessed by the gods: he was dipped in the river Styx after birth and is invincible to all physical harm, with the exception of his heel, which was held onto during the dipping process. Troy is the story of the Greek battle with the Trojans, as accounted for in mythology books such as Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. All of the familiar names are present such as Odysseus, Paris, Agamemnon, and of course, the mighty Trojan warrior Hector. The war was started over the loss of Helen, the most beautiful woman on earth, the Greeks, specifically Menelaus were not too happy about this betrayal, and set sail with 1000 ships to wage war against Troy.
While the movie loses a great deal of accuracy, such as the number of Myrmidons (Achilles’ faithful men, who numbered in the thousands historically, but only number 50 in the movie), and other little spoiler details, it redeems itself with great action and screen play. The opening scene with Achilles showing his magnificent battle abilities against a neighboring Greek state is one of the downright coolest scenes of a movie. Pitt captures the hubris of the warrior perfectly, and gives him an image that almost any person can relate to very well.
The characters of the Trojan princes, Hector (Bana) and Paris (Bloom) are also very well portrayed. While very upset over the events involving his brother and Helen (Kruger), Hector displays his brotherly love, and swears to protect Paris from any enemy. Bloom gives a performance that can be categorized as the typical pretty boy image—Paris fights for love, not glory, and when he is first faced with fear, he backs down, only to garner the courage later in the story. Bana presents the character of Hector in a way that the audience really feels for the prince and provides a very dramatic battle scene when the two warriors of Achilles and Hector do battle in one of the greatest fights in history.
For those who are familiar with the mythological stories, they will know the outcome of each and every battle, but the action is still enough to keep you interested all the way until the end. Despite its many flaws in accuracy, Troy is still one of the most spectacular movies of the year, and is sure to be a huge hit in the box office.
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