ANALYSIS OF THE MOVIE “TROY” 5
Analysisof the Movie “Troy”
Analysisof the Movie “Troy”
Themovie “Troy” is a film based on the legendary and historicalstory of the Trojan wars between the kingdoms of Troy and Sparta.Watching the movie presents the story of the Trojan War and theevents that followed during the battle between the two kingdoms. Troyis the story about Prince Hector and his brother Paris, who manage tonegotiate terms of peace with the Spartan king Menelaus. Everythingin the storyline seemed fine until the point where Paris decides tosmuggle Helen, Menelaus’ wife back to his country, Troy. Menelausobviously resents the fact that his wife has been stolen and goes towar with Troy.
Themovie “Troy” does not follow the same story line as the book,‘TheIlliad.’Despite following the major themes from the book, the movie deviatesfrom the story in terms of content and graphics. The film has changedfrom the story itself through the presentation of the plot andgraphical organization. The movie is shaped by complex codes ofvalues such as loyalty, honor and military virtue. It plunges theviewer into a world in which people talk about these things all thetime. The features in the movie put you in a world where each speechis punctuated by the ululations of a supposedly tongue less femalesinger or a booming timpani. The script that Benioff wrote shows thathe really was fascinated with the characters found in Homer. He hadthe nexus of dividing the loyalties as well as competing ambitionsthat led to a lot death and destruction.
Unlikethe movies which took war only as a simple contest between evil andgood, Troy is always faithful to his human nature as well as toHomer. The movie understands war as an event that is political innature which has a lot of virtue and viciousness to go around.Essentially, the Troy story is primarily about brotherhood andtreachery as well as about the fragile nobility and fallibility ofmen. For instance, it was not entirely Helen’s fault to run fromMenalaus. Helen is a lovely woman who just prefers Paris to Menalaus,the ruler of Sparta. However, this puppyish romance is the just atrivial pretext of the war as opposed to actually being the cause ofthe same.
Themovie changes from the story by presenting extreme cases of passionand personal traits of the characters. For instance, the jealousythat Menelaus feels is further exploited by Agamemnon, who uses thisinsult to take his imperial ambitions further. The temperament thatAchilles has is a mixture of cynicism, sentimentality and vanity isthe greatest key in the movie. In the movie, Brad Pitt attacks thistile with agility and vigor, the same kind that he demonstrates incombat. He is not embarrassed by the charisma that he exhibits, ifanything he carries it around gracefully. The narcissism thatAchilles exhibits is much like that of a modern day celebrity. As amatter of fact, he is fighting the battle only because it will resultin him becoming famous. He does not fight in order to serve theGreek gods or for the glory of his nation. His true loyalty is withhis friends and his love interest as opposed to causes.
Anotherchange that the movie portrays compared to the story is the level ofpatriotism by the characters. For instance, Hector is whollyconstrained by the ties of patriotism, duty and kinship. Hectorconsiders himself as a strong family man who is protective of hisbrother and who is strongly devoted to his wife and their baby. Theevents that lead up to these two fighting is considered the veryheartbeat of this movie. The extent of sacrifice by Hector is highlydemonstrated in the movie than in the story.
However,the movie involves collaborations that were made by the two warringsides as they sought to gain an edge over the other. For instance,after Menelaus requested Agamemnon for military support, the latterreadily accepts as an opportunity of going to war with Troy (Rainer,2004). Odysseus, who is the king of Ithaica, also tried to convinceAchilles to participate in this war. Achilles is not sure what to doand therefore, consults Thetis, his mother. She informs him that shewas aware this day was coming since the time that Achilles was achild (Troy, 2004). She told her son that he had two options. Hecould stay away from the war but have a wife and children and live along and full life (Troy, 2004). The other option was to go battleand die young but die a hero. In the movie, he chooses the secondoption where he will die a hero.
Hollywooddirectors enforce the changes in such classic stories to bring out avivid and an appealing movie of the historical epics. For “Troy,”the movie is flamboyant and takes a different dimension, especiallyin the end. For the most part, the heroes in this movie areexaggerated and their fights too are bloody (Rainer, 2004). Theexaggerations and graphics are the elements that appeal to theaudience of Hollywood. However, in “Troy,” the directors left outmay gods that are in the Iliad. Adapting it exactly as it waswritten in Iliad would have been very boring with not many peopledesiring to watch it. The actors in the movie were continuallystriking poses that they considered classical as they tried tomemorialize to drama.
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Troy.Dir. Petersen,Wolfgang.Warner Bros. Pictures, U.S, 2004. DVD