Thursday, May 21, 2020

Troy (2004)

I guess Troy can be considered a guilty pleasure for me. The critics didn't like it (56 on Metacritics) but I thought it was really good. I really like movies that take on a literary or historical topic and educate you about the plots and themes. Like most films, Troy took some liberties with Homer's The Iliad, but in general the basic plot is presented. In 1250 BC Helen, Queen of Sparta, leaves her husband Menelaus for Paris, the Prince of Troy. Menelaus and his brother Agamemnon then set off with 1000 ships for Troy, looking to get Helen back and to conquer Troy.

The battle between Achilles and Paris' brother Hector highlights the siege that ends when the Trojans roll in the giant horse that they think the defeated Greeks left as a tribute for them. 

The movie had a great cast with Brad Pitt, Brian Cox, Brendan Gleeson, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, 

They don't make many movies like this any more. Not as good as Gladiator, but still pretty good.