- KLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Swords and sandals, hunky boys and pretty girls – what more do you want?
This film goes for spectacle on a grand scale – the old fashioned type with huge sets and casts of literally thousands of battling Trojans and Greeks around three thousand years ago. All of the characters are obsessed with the idea of immortality and this is the film that will make them so. All the gang from Homer’s Iliad are there – live, sweaty and bloody – Achilles, Hector, the face launching Helen, the Kings and the famous big horse.
Brad Pitt handles the role of Achilles capably and his respectful opponent Hector is played by Australian Eric Bana who will well and truly cement his place in halls of Hollywood with this one. Fellow Aussie Rose Byrne pulls a similar turn as a young put-upon priestess who takes the eye of that young heel Achilles and Orlando Bloom plays the mischievous Paris who starts the whole damn war thing because of his love for young Helen.
The best thing about TROY as a film is that I didn’t know who were the good guys and who were the bad guys and that creates a dissonance which really propels the drama along. Very clever story telling indeed!
Fun and games, military tactics, blood and guts – all sounds very blokey really but I’m sure the girls will enjoy a not so quiet gawk as well. Let’s hope George W. and his mates don’t get too excited at the whole “glory of war” sentiment!
A return to the old-fashioned sword and sandal epics of the 1950s, Troy was presumably given the go-ahead after the worldwide commercial and critical success of Gladiator. Based on Homer's Iliad, it's suitably epic in tone, recreating one of the greatest sieges and wars in mankind's history, and while it seems a cert to succeed at the box office, don't be too expectant of seeing it feature at next year's Academy Awards.
Director Wolfgang Petersen is no stranger to the blockbuster, with Air Force One, The Perfect Storm and Outbreak among his credits. For his first historical epic he has assembled a stellar cast, has had mountains of dollars at his disposal (a reported $185m), along with huge sets in England, Malta and Mexico.
Although there are one or two alterations to the original story, the script sticks pretty much to the accepted version. Opening at a celebration in Sparta given by King Menelaus (Brendan Gleeson), the action quickly gets under way once Paris (Orlando Bloom) spirits Menelaus' wife Helen (Diane Kruger) away to Troy. The Greeks are furious, most of all Menelaus' brother Agamemnon (Brian Cox), who decides to invade Troy and gain victory at all costs. He summons Achilles (Brad Pitt) to aid his cause, and sets off in the infamous flotilla of one thousand ships.
When Paris and his brother Hector (Eric Bana) arrive in Troy, their father Priam (Peter O'Toole) faces a difficult decision - return Helen and sacrifice his son, or face certain invasion from the Greeks. With both Achilles and Odysseus (Sean Bean) against them, Priam knows he has only the strength of his walled city and the determination of his army to repel the invaders.
There are battle scenes aplenty, some of them hugely spectacular and enjoyable, most of all a bruising encounter between the cowardly Paris and the giant-like Menelaus, watched by the assembled armies. However, for a lot of the 165 minutes running time, we are subjected to some rather undramatic dialogue scenes which slow the pace down considerably. And for one of the most expensive films ever made, it is sometimes difficult to see where exactly all the money went, given that many of the scenes are either very intimate, or filmed on a beach location.