Petersen's epic telling of the Trojan War finally hit the screen after many delays (including Pitt injuring his Achilles tendon, oh the irony!) and budget-busting incidents. Merely inspired by Homer's "The Iliad," it dispenses with all those pesky Greek gods and makes it all about the warriors. When beautiful Helen (Kruger) flees her Spartan husband Menaleus (Gleeson) with pretty-boy lover Paris (Bloom), her greedy brother-in-law Agamemnon (Cox) decides Troy's wealth is worth a little fighting. Arrogant Achilles (Pitt) is persuaded to join in, and while Paris is no fighter, big brother Hector (Bana) is. Naturally, Achilles and Hector will have to go mano-a-mano (in one of the film's best scenes). Also around to show those youngsters what acting's all about is O'Toole as aging King Priam. It's all handled professionally but it's just not terribly compelling.
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.