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Troy(2004) Reaction Paper

This is a review/reaction paper for the movie Troy released in 2004, directed by Wolfgang Petersen and screenplay by David Benioff.

Cast of characters:

Achilles – Brad Pitt
Hector – Eric Bana
Helen of Troy – Diane Kruger
Paris – Orlando Bloom
King Priam – Peter O’Toole
Menelaus – Brendan Gleeson
Agamemnon – Brian Cox
Patroclus – Garrett Hedlund
Odysseus – Sean Bean
Briseis – Rose Byrne

Troy is a film adaptation of the epic Iliad. It is a good movie for its entertainment value but not for its likeness to the narrative by Homer. It s a movie made to entertain the audience, not to tell the story of the events that happened in Iliad.

There are many inconsistencies between Iliad and the movie Troy. One of them that stands out is the absence of gods in the film. As we all know, the setting of Iliad is inhabited by gods that interfere directly with humans and there are many instances in Iliad where the gods interacted with the humans. Thetis, the mother of Achilles is the only deity seen in the movie. More important divine occurrences like the Judgment of Paris (the cause of the Trojan War) and the priest killed by Poseidon’s serpents (as seen in The Odyssey) were left out. This major discrepancy itself takes the film away from being a true adaptation of Iliad. A mythological story without the gods is like a play without the supporting characters.

Troy’s visuals are stunning. The Trojans and Greeks are all clad in beautiful armor. The city of Troy looked exactly as one would imagine it to be – a grand city protected by impenetrable walls. The clashes between the two armies are wonderful to watch with the bird’s eye camera view of the battlefield showing detailed fights between opposing soldiers. Much of the film’s $175 million budget surely went to visual production.

Diane Kruger as Helen of Troy
As for the actors, they all met my expectations, though barely for some. Brad Pitt is fit for the role of the...
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