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4.0 out of 5 stars Much better, but still..., 16 Nov. 2007
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This review is from: Troy (2-Disc Special Edition - Director's Cut) [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
I enjoyed the pop-corned theatrical cut of "Troy", but not enough to buy the DVD. I especially appreciated the effort to create an accurate, rather than an spectacular, environment. This cut is much, much better. Not so much better as "Alexander revisited", but has dealt with many of the flaws of the original cut, such as poor development of characters and the softness in battles. All actors (but one, guess who) are great, especially Eric Bana. But I do not give it all five stars for one reason: its two huge inaccuracies that make the plot in the movie, and its pace, resent: one, the war at Troy was told to last for many years, adding great depth and intensity to the drama; two, Patroclus was actually Achilles' lover, and only that can explain his getting so mad when the boy was killed. It is a very good movie in this cut, but, too bad, should have been better to start with.
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Initial post: 18 Dec 2007 13:42:22 GMT
Patroklus could be either Achilles' lover or his cousin depending on the version of Homer you use. I spoke to a Classicist about thsi and wre agreed both the lover in Alexander Revisited and the cousin mentioned in Troy are both valid descriptions of Achilles relationship. Therefore I believe that is an unfair criticism about the movie.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jan 2010 15:28:49 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Jan 2010 15:45:47 GMT
N. Carley says:
Also, Agememnon and Menelaus (and Priam? Can't remember.) didn't die at the battle, Paris should have, Ajax commited suicide and Helen returned to Sparta with Menelaus.
Unnecessary changes to one of the oldest stories of all, do hollywood script writers regard their skills higher than Homer?
Still, considering the hash normally made of historical blockbusters I think this film did well.
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