This is one of those
movies where before you go, you say to yourself, "I think this time
I'll buy popcorn and soda and munch my way through it."
Upon arriving late at
the theater, there was not enough time to wait in line at the concession
stand, so fortunately, the popcorn was provided by Brad
Pitt's good looks, Orlando
Bloom's engaging eyes, and Eric Bana's new face in the movies.
Once you get over this
level, Homer's story, even today, thousands of movie battles later, you
become gripped in it all.
The movie started with
appealing scenes between Paris and Helen and gained momentum with strong
scenes of Paris and Priam at the Troy-sword scene, Odysseus and Achilles,
Briseis and Achilles, Hector and his wife, Hector after killing Patroclus,
Hector and Achilles fight scene, and finally, Priam and Achilles scene.
Overall, you end up
admiring Hector, the honorable hero. You also end up liking
Achilles, who holds up to his name in the fight scenes, who is the
"bad-king-defier", and who you believe is really seeking out
Briseis in the end.
A big applause to all
the stuntmen in the battle scenes and all the actors who had to run in the
sand and look warrior-like.