FILM REVIEW: “Troy” has everything you would come to expect from the mega budget Hollywood epic: grand visuals, big action, movie stars, stirring music and archetypal themes. The original theatrical cut suffered from studio interference, with changes made to make it more like “Gladiator”. Subsequently, the film did not work well on its original release despite eventually recouping its whopping $200 million budget (some estimates at the time put it $285 million). This new director’s cut from Wolfgang Petersen is an improvement on the original version, however there is still something underwhelming about the narrative, least of which is its reliance on clichés, uninspired performances and the penchant for the filmmakers to deviate from the original source material whenever it impeded their ability to rely on said clichés (which is quite often). The film does satisfy on the level of the spectacle, and Eric Bana puts in an endearing performance as Hector. However, Peterson’s direction, despite the improvements he has made with this Director’s Cut, lacks the kind of depth and richness that a story such as Homer’s The Illiad deserves.The mythical story opens with King Agamemnon (a delightful Brian Cox) leading his army in to a battle against the… Read full this story
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