|Current mood:|| rejuvenated|
|Current music:||Eve6 - Heart in a Blender|
My condolences to the Greeks
I saw Troy last night, and loved it. Well, kinda. I'll review it two different ways.
As an action movie:
Amazing! The battle scenes were some of the most interesting I've seen. The flame balls? Brilliant. The fight between Hector and Achilles was everything it should have been, but a tad short. The drama was intense as well, with scenes like the parley between Priam and Achilles.
The characters were good, but I felt their relationships were a bit underdeveloped. The friendship between Achilles and Odysseus was sort of forced on the audience and barely proven. The relationship between Achilles and Briseis seemed abrupt and wasn't enough to convince me that Briseis loved Achilles.
Overall, however, it was a good movie, and I will definitely get the DVD.
As a movie based on the Iliad:
Holy shit, what a mess. Should I begin with the fact that the war seemed to last a few weeks rather than 10 years or with how they raped the characters? How about the way they removed the involvement of the gods, completely destroying half the meaning of the story?
Achilles was probably the only character done right. He had the exact feel I thought he would have, and fulfilled my expectations. Odysseus seemed to take a backseat and wasn't as involved in the story as I thought he would be. What really gets to me though is the portrayal of Agamemnon. I realize that various Greek playwrights have portrayed him differently in their works, but I think this was excessive. In the movie, he was the evil villain. From the works I read, he was a reluctant leader who did what he had to to protect Greece, someone whose death was mourned. Aeschylus must be rolling in his grave.
I apologize if this was a bit poorly written, I haven't had my breakfast yet.