Tonight was all Greek to me! I went to see Troy with Andrew, and his friends Will, and Renee. While the critics didn’t particularly like the movie, I thought it was excellent, and here’s why (I suppose the following will contain spoilers, but its not like the story has never been told or anything, so read on at your own will).
First of all, the movie was quite long with a running time of 163 minutes. To be honest though, I didn’t even notice the length during the movie. In fact, I think the length was perfect as you really developed a relationship with the characters early on in the movie – so you felt it more when they died later on. And you really hope the bad guys get killed and the good guys succeed, the movie does a great job of making you feel it!
Yes don’t be surprised, almost everyone dies in this movie. Before I saw it, I was hoping that Eric Bana would die as I didn’t think he was exceptional by any means in The Hulk. Well he more than redeemed himself in this movie playing Hector, the eldest Prince of Troy. I thought he did a great job – and yes he dies, though by the time it happened I was hoping he’d live.
While I didn’t particularly like his cowardly character (and it was cowardly from start to finish), Orlando Bloom gave another great performance. He will be a true star one day if he could only put down the bow and arrow! Fortunately we will see him do this in Elizabethtown next year with Kirsten Dunst.
Bloom plays Paris who steals Helen away from Menelaus, a Greek king, and in the process gives the Greeks a reason to attack Troy. Helen is played by an actress by the name of Diane Kruger. All I can say is, why haven’t we seen her before! She is beautiful, with the same strikingly attractive type face as Liv Tyler. She just draws you in with her eyes.
Of course, this movie is all about Brad Pitt. No question he is the star of this movie, and he gives a wonderful performance. You really become attached to and enthralled by his character, Achilles. And ladies he does not disappoint as he looks super buff in the movie! This has to be a defining role for Pitt, a character with incredible strength and like any hero, a weakness. And he portrays both superbly.
The battle scenes reminded me of LOTR if only for their scale. The sets and costumes looked very real and appropriate, and the Greek mythology was nicely thrown in (except that the Greeks almost never mention it in the movie, the Trojans do). Also, it was refreshing to see a movie with war strategy that actually seems realistic (being in range of the deadly archers and the importance of Troy’s walls). I have heard some people say that this movie is better than Gladiator, and while I do not agree, I do think it was an excellent movie, one you do not want to miss.
The people who claimed Van Helsing was the beginning of the summer movie season were horribly wrong, as it pales in comparison. Troy is the epic to start your summer!