June 6, 2004

Troy

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at June 6, 2004 7:34 PM

Continuing to work through my film backlog, I saw Troy last night. It was very uneven, with some good stuff (mostly combat) and some boring stuff (Another funeral? Get on with it!). Josh had complained to me about the music, and he was exactly right: the composer was stuck in glorious heroic mode all the time, which was jarring in the many scenes that (correctly, IMO) had more of a "pointless waste of lives" view of the war.

Good points: Brad Pitt and Eric Bana captured the essences of Achilles and Hector (respectively) very well. I very much liked the way the movie removed all explicit supernatural elements to the story, while making it clear that many of the characters see the work of Olympus in the war. This led to some interesting dialogue between the more devout characters and the nearly atheistic Achilles.

Bad points: Compressing the war from ten years to about 15 days was detrimental to the story; as I recall much of The Iliad was driven by combatants on both sides being really sick of the war after ten years. Paris was far too sympathetic a character. The writers must be uninterested in sequels, as they killed off certain characters who are key in The Odyssey and the Oresteia. On the other hand, they made a point of setting up The Aeneid...

Clearly what is really needed here is a Koei game based on Homer: "Trojan Warriors" or something. I couldn't help thinking that the jumping stab Achilles kept doing in the movie was obviously his run+square move, and Patroclus' mistake was pressing "x" in the cutscene to accept the duel with Hector; he might have won if he'd fought alongside his (well, Achilles') bodyguards.

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Though i've not seen Troy, I so agree with the "mistake". I made the same mistake, accepting a duel with Lu Bu (because I was jamming the x button to attack at the time and didn't see it'd gone into a cutscene, honestly!). Whoops.

Posted by: Zifnab | June 8, 2004 5:54 PM

I couldn't help thinking that the jumping stab Achilles kept doing in the movie was obviously his run+square move, and Patroclus' mistake was pressing "x" in the cutscene to accept the duel with Hector;

*dies laughing* best review ever.

Posted by: Vanessa | June 9, 2004 12:09 PM
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