Yes and No
Reviewed by shanahan for Troy at 2010-05-11 12:52:43
The Dark Hero98 is at least partly right: this is a good action film, and it captures at least some of the grandeur of the Greek epics. But . . . it plays too fast and loose with the Iliad, and some of its characterizations are weak: you would hardly expect, for instance, that the Odysseus of this film could become the hero of the Odyssey. And Brad Pitt as Achilles? I think Homer had someone a bit more raw in mind. It's a bit like casting Redford as Gatsby - when Gatsby was Jewish . . .
Wolfgang Peterson presents his greatest movie yet, Troy. A true masterpiece, I think. A masterpiece of acting,fighting,truth, vengeance and a perfect example of what love can do. Surely to be seen by fans of Greek Mythology and fans of big battles. Oh, and Helen is most beautiful.
Really, the three parts of Peter Jackson's trilogy are just one long movie, and I have a hard time separating them. But I have a fondness for 'Fellowship', when the whole gang was together, off on a quest to destroy the Ring. I liked the team interaction, before they got split up. But, of course, the entire trilogy is absolutely epic.
This is good fun, if you can swallow its cartoonlike action sequences and shallow characters. It would be easy to scoff at how people are able to fall long distances and still survive, but if you can suspend judgement, it is possible to be entertained by this movie on the level that it asks you to be entertained.
Thousands of comments have been made on this outstanding production and there is little left to write that has not already been written or said. Again, not surprisingly at last night's 'Oscars', the third film in the trilogy took most of the awards. Like others I could give glowing comments about content, acting, production, direction, visual effects etc. but will instead, convey what I consider to be equally important; that is the realistic and accurate portrayal of a classic masterpiece of literature from one of the world's most imaginative authors.
This might be...
Reviewed by CoolerKing for Equilibrium at 2008-04-04 11:46:37
... the stupidest, half-thought-through movie I've ever seen.
And it has a legion of fans, who compare it favorably to The Matrix and praise the coolness of gun-kata, the movie's special form of martial arts using handguns.
Those people are idiots.
A difficult call, but I found this the best of the three. If you are a fan and can ever find an entire day -- watch all three, extended versions. And, though others sometimes think the following advice I've given is just plain weird, I have advised friends and relatives going through a bad patch and needing a little escape to watch the trilogy. Lets you escape for the day and put your troubles into perspective -- after all, nothing can be as bad as being hunted by orcs.