Essay on Was 'Troy' The Movie Accurate According To Homer?

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Was "Troy" the Movie Accurate According to Homer?

Did the movie Troy, released in 2004, accurately depict the story of Homer's epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey, and was it a good movie from a critical point of view? I think it was a good movie from an entertainment standpoint, but it fell short in it's comparison to Homer's epics. As a fan of "epic" movies, I have watched the movie
Troy a couple of times. In comparing the movie to the epic, there are various discrepancies between the two. First I'll address the overall flow of the movie, in other words the organization and coherence of the movie. The movie Troy was a lavishly produced movie, often quoted as a "Blockbuster", it was a movie with a large budget and
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Brad Pitt and Eric Bana as
Achilles and Hector both wear bronze and leather based armor and use weapons which are similar in look and appearance to the bronze weapons of 1184 BC. This was also the start of the Iron Age, so slightly darker weapons (mainly spears) make their appearance also. The ships used by the Greek army in their trip from Menelaus' kingdom were triremes which were the multi-decked and rowed military ship of the day as shown in the movie. Overall the movie seemed to follow the historical path of weapon evolution and nothing from later dates was thrown in to make it more "exciting" except maybe the shields. It was difficult to tell from the movie, but most shields of the time period were several layers of stretched animal hides. The shields in the movie appeared to be metal.
Also apparent (and admitted to by the producers) was the scale of the city. The buildings and statuary are generally regarded as a feasible look for the period; however "the movie enlarged the building and statues for the sake of making things more dramatic in appearance". (Troy)

The personalities and depictions of the characters in the movie had to be "interpreted" by the actors. The main characters

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