# Friday, May 14, 2004

[Update] I watched it again with my wife last night, and liked it just as much.  Definitely a movie I could watch many times.

OK, my fears were ungrounded.  Troy was pretty darned good.  I was impressed.  It's 2:43 long, and it went by in a flash.  I was surprised when it was over.  Totally didn't seem that long. 

The CG was very judiciously used to give scale to the sets, and the special effects in general were not overdone, which I really appreciated.  The acting was solid, and Brad Pitt actually was pretty good as Achilles. 

Possibly most impressive was the fight coreography.  The final battle between Hector and Achilles was very well staged, and excellently filmed.  One of the best fight scenes I've seen in a really long time.  Even the mass battles were well filmed, and done in such a way that it didn't come across as just another Braveheart ripoff.  There were definitely some liberties taken with Homer (as Mr. Cranky notes), but I'm pretty sure he'd still recognize the story.  The romance with Briseis was perhaps a bit overdone, but it didn't detract that much, I thought. 

I find myself really hoping that the film does well enough to warrant them making the Odyssey next. 

Scott points out an interesting new unit of measurement. :-)

Friday, May 14, 2004 3:18:25 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  |