Panama (spwebdesign) wrote,

Just got back from seeing Troy with scholargipsy, Dan, and Keya. I thought the movie was poorly realized. It seemed as though the moviemakers could have taken two distinct paths: (1) be faithful to Homer's epic poem, or (2) don't (which is hard to do, since everyone will be drawing comparisons anyway) and just tell a good war story. Instead, I felt as though the director tried to find a middle ground and failed.

It's disappointing on many level. On the one hand, you have perhaps the greatest war story ever told. You also have an incredible cast featuring many accomplished actors and well-known faces. And yet I was fidgeting throughout most of the movie.

The movie, ironically enough, has rekindled, if only briefly, my interest in Greek literature. About 4 years ago I went on a Greek spree. I read Iliad and then Odyssey (the Fagles translation in each case). Then I re-read Sophocles' three Theban plays and read the Oresteia. I bought Fitzgerald's translation of Virgil's Aeneid but failed to make the transition to Latin. But now I want to re-read the Homer, which was such a joy to read the first time.
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