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Troy: Director's Cut
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Brad Pitt picks up a sword and brings a muscular, brooding presence to the role of Greek warrior Achilles in this spectacular retelling of The Iliad. Orlando Bloom and Diane Kruger play the legendary lovers who plunge the world into war, Eric Bana portrays the prince who dares to confront Achilles, and Peter O'Toole rules Troy as King Priam. Director Wolfgang Petersen recreates a long-ago world of bireme warships, clashing armies, the massive fortress city and the towering Trojan Horse.
No doubt about it, the 196-minute unrated director's cut of Troy represents a significant improvement over the film's original 162-minute theatrical release--and not just because it has more sex and violence. As director Wolfgang Petersen notes in his new "Troy Revisited" video introduction to this 2-disc special edition, he didn't have the time or directorial discretion (prior to Troy's release in 2004) to present a cut that more closely matched his vision for the film. Three years later, Petersen approached the film with a more relaxed perspective, and the result is a well-crafted expansion on a film that was previously underrated, with 30 minutes of previously unseen material. Character dynamics have been improved and intensified; the epic-scale narrative is now easier to follow, with greater emphasis on the inner turmoil of Achilles (well played by Brad Pitt) and his rivalry with Hector (Eric Bana); and viewers will feel a more satisfying escalation of tension and suspense from battle to battle. The film's enormous battle scenes (impressively enhanced with CGI) are bloodier and gorier, but they're also more effectively integrated into the political story, which goes beyond Homer's The Iliad and the death of Hector to incorporate elements of Virgil and a more revealing study of the differences between Trojan king Priam (Peter O'Toole) and his megalomanical Greek rival, king Agamemnon (Brian Cox), whose lust for revenge is now one of the film's most powerful ingredients. Some of Troy's original weaknesses remain (such as Orlando Bloom's wimpy performance as Paris), but overall, this director's cut easily justifies its existence, regardless of the film's overblown and historically inaccurate depiction of Troy as a gigantic city of massive columns and statuary. The good parts are better, and the not-so-good parts are more easily forgiven. And no matter how you cut it, Troy is a lavish feast for the eyes. --Jeff Shannon
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ACTING: What plagues Troy from making it a fully enjoyable experience is the acting. The male roles were played out perfectly in my opinion, but the female roles were a joke. The problem lies in that there are no credible actresses in the film. I guess they spent all their money filling in the male roles and were left broke for the female roles. Helen is played by some German model for god's sake. Many people may complain about the dialogue but in fact the dialogue, even though cheesy, really is almost like reading from one of Homer's poems or a Shakespearean play. As a matter of fact the movie (aside from the battles) was structured very much like a play from the acting down to the position of where the characters were standing. Orlando Bloom is also a thorn in the bed. His acting I wasn't fond of at all. He seemed out of place next to macho men such as Eric Bana, Brad Pitt, Brian Cox, and Brenden Gleeson. In the end Troy shoots itself in the foot by running out of funds for its actresses.
BOTTOM LINE: When Oscar time rolls around next year don't expect to see any acting nods or directing nods. However, do look out for some nods in the field of art direction, costume design, and possibly cinematography. The movie while bogged down by some bad acting that contributes to the lack of "umph" is in the end a very entertaining look at the story of Troy. A very appropriate summer film that won't bore. One last comment, once the movie ended this horrible sappy song came on with the credits. It had lyrics and music you'd hear from a Disney movie, it was almost bad enough to make me give the film three stars, but I tried to ignore it while walking out of the theater.
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