8:00 PM, 19th August, 2004
In 1193 B.C, Paris (Bloom), a prince of Troy, steals away Helen (Kruger), Queen of Sparta, to the fury of Helen's husband, Menelaus (Gleeson). In retaliation, Menelaus's power-hungry brother, the Mycenaean king Agamemnon (Cox), unites the tribes of Greece and wages war on Troy. Chief warrior on the side of the Greeks is Achilles (Pitt), said to be the greatest warrior of all time. And Achilles certainly seems to believe his own press. On the other side is the Trojan hero, Hector (Bana), brother of Paris, and a much more likable character.
Troy is loosely based on "The Iliad" by Homer. But don't go into this expecting it to bring your imagined scenes from the poem to life... unless the Trojan horse is the only thing you know about it (like me). Pitt looks absolutely fantastic (buff, sexy, naked!), but it was Bana who shone brightest in this film. He was certainly buff and hero-like, and surpassed Pitt in the acting stakes. While Troy is a long movie, I did not feel the length at all, which I think is a sign of a great movie. Critics be damned, I loved it!