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.
Working with animal rescue, I am slow to watch anything that I think may show animals in pain or being mistreated. I didn't see anything like that in this movie. I enjoyed it, but didn't care for the scene where the animals were being captured and taken away by a woman in a laboratory coat. I was afraid that animal-testing was on it's way, but there was never a hint of it. I loved the wise monkey. Very cute movie.
More visually breathtaking than the original and featuring a more complex story, this film takes chances and the rewards are numerous. While it suffered due to backlash from parents that weren't prepared for the difference between the sequel and the first "Babe," this one deserves another look or a first look if you missed it. Enjoy.