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Overall how good is the movie troy?

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History 111 July 18, 2007 Overall how good is the Movie Troy? Troy is the adaptation of Homer's famous novels The Iliad and The Odyssey, and follows the backlash after Paris, the prince of Troy, steals Helen from Menelaus, the king of Sparta. Menelaus asks his brother to go to war with him, for Menelaus it's to take back his dignity, and for Agamemnon it's a chance to expand his Greek kingdom. With them, they bring one thousand ships and fifty thousand soldiers, including Achilles, the famous, nearly immortal Greek soldier whose only goal is immortality through glory. Paris' brother, Hector, the leader of the Trojan army, decides to protect him and takes Troy to war against the outnumbering Greeks. This is the greatest story that's ever been told, and now it's one of the most epic films that have ever been made. I don't know if there's been a movie attempted on this scale, not in terms of budget or cast, but in terms of greatness. Troy brings together an ideal director, a perfect cast (even down to the striking resemblance of Bloom and Bana who play Paris and Hector, brothers), a story that's known and loved by anyone who's been to school, and some of the best special effects and cinematography I've ever seen. ...read more.

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There are many large differences. In the film, most of the main characters are killed, but in the legend, they mostly survive. (http://www.timelessmyths.com/classical/trojanwar.html) Also, it was not convenient to adhere to the clothing of that era of Greek history. (http://www.timelessmyths.com/classical/trojanwar.html) The actual clothing of that era covered up the men too much, so more skimpy attire was invented to please the female movie goers. The idea of men fighting and dying for a woman also appeals to female vanity. Hollywood's hunks were put through months of rigorous muscle building work-outs and then put in revealing costumes to please the women. Action, adventure, and half-decent special effects were thrown in to please the male audience. There is something for everybody, so long as everyone realizes that Troy is entertainment not education. The gods are always interfering is just about anything that going on, starting from the very reason the whole war takes place, every major event in the battle, and its ultimate conclusion. (The Iliad of Homer pg.186) The men in the story don't always see all the interference that's going on, but it's quite obvious to the reader. And even if they don't see much, they do see plenty. The main difference between Troy and the Trojan War was the lack of involvement of the gods which were more important to the Greeks than the story of the people. ...read more.

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The film portrays Greek values as we learned that Homer portrayed them, particularly through the character of Achilles While there are a few anti-war lines, mostly uttered by the women in the film, the values reflect a warrior ethic of courage and loyalty to Nation, which for both Trojans and Greeks means loyalty to family and race.( Western Civilization pg.55) Achilles represents a warrior who is independent and will take no orders from any man, especially the detested King Agamemnon, but in the end shows he will lay down his life for his people. Achilles does not glorify or glamorize war, but he recognizes that wars are something that will always be fought. No pleas for universal brotherhood or any other kind of Jew-promoted universalism here. I always pictured Trojans as brutes and little feeling. The movie showed me different. In the movie Troy the Trojans, simply put, are depicted as beautiful losers who went on to found the Roman Empire. Alexander himself was not portrayed as much of a hero that the audience wants to see. Instead, he's portrayed merely as an indecisive, sexually confused, big kid who is suddenly thrust into power and who wants adventure, so he leads his distrusting army across the globe for no other reason than to quench Alexander's weird obsession. The particular movie Troy/DVD I rented did not have any previews of other films at the beginning of the film. ...read more.

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