Homer may never forgive me for saying this, but Brad Pitt wasthe perfect actor to play Achilles, the recalcitrant, sullen,egocentric and phenomenal Aegean warrior.
The guy looks the part. That’s funny because the onlyassets he brings to the movie are his sculpted looks -by way of ateam, a team mind you, of nutritionists, a $5,000 a week personaltrainer, sword experts, manicurists, Kabbala priests, Frenchkissing instructors and sun tanning experts. Still, the guy had theaudacity to say that he originally turned down the part because hehates to take roles that focus solely on his body. Eh?
Back to the movie. It was exhilarating, the sort of action filmthat makes me go out and look for a fight after leaving thetheater. I even asked my wife to bat her eyes at some random guy sothat I may have an excuse to pummel him and then hector him aroundthe parking lot in my minivan. I was even tempted to call up andjoin the French Foreign Legions, but I don’t think that thewomen they encounter look anything like Diane Kruger, the actresschosen to play Helen of Troy, previously known as Helen ofSparta.
That’s another thing. This woman is simply breathtaking,mesmerizing, erotic and captivating.And she is never even seennaked. She reminds me of a young Bo Derek. Her face can indeedlaunch a thousand ships, take my word for it.
And, as a matter of fact so could Hector’s wife,Andromache –played by Saffron Burrows- and Hector’scousin, Briseis –played by Rose Byrne- and a couple of wantonslaves that Achilles takes to his bed as the movie begins. Heck,even Paris -played by Orlando Bloom- is beautiful enough to fightfor in this remaking of “The Iliad.”
So, the bottom line is that everybody looks beautiful. Still, Irecommend this movie to anyone.And that is mainly because of theexcellent, manly, astonishing, invigorating yet exhausting,inspiring and fast-paced fight scenes.
There are also one or two jewels of acting. The best one is byPeter O’Toole, he delivers a majestic performance, embodyingthe courage and despair of an old man at the end of his lifereduced to begging an arrogant brat for the soiled remains of thebody of his first born. It is simply extraordinary.
So go see this movie; this adaptation by director WolfgangPeterson is well worth the price of admission. So what if he takesa liberty or 10 with one of the greatest stories ever told? SoAchilles is nice to a female slave and Patroclus is his cousininstead of his lover and Ajax dies early in the battle and theGreeks sack Troy in 14 day.s. So what? Who’s countinganyway?
Go see this movie and watch cinematography excellence. And, ifyou pay attention, you will learn something invaluable: thecapacity to differentiate between a good actor and an actor thatlooks good. Hint: O’Toole is a good actor, Pitt simply looksgood.