How to conquer Troy in 15 days
I saw Troy over the weekend. The acting was very good all around, though the script was absolutely awful (and I won’t even get into my Trojan War purist stance regarding Ajax, Menelaus, Agamemnon, Aeneas, et al.). Wolfgang Petersen’s direction was poor, too—especialy his tendency to have Brad Pitt do obnoxious statuesque poses whenever he’s holding a sword and not killing anyone.
I was most bothered by the film’s representation of the war, though. According to the war’s vast mythos, it lasted ten years. The “shock & awe” approach that the film takes belies the brutality of the thing, despite its violent battle scenes. With another near east war going on, you’d think Petersen would be interested in showing how war can be and feel endless—especially considering the skill with which he handled this concept in Das Boot.
Complaints aside, Troy is worth seeing. It’s a decent popcorn flick with solid acting and beautiful set and costume design. And campy sword-and-sandals epics can be fun in the summer. I give it a C+.