206. Troy (2004)

Film 75 in C4 Top 100 War Films

It’s been a few months since my last film on the war films project. But now I’ve reached 3/4 of the way through, I’m feeling enthused enough to complete the task.

I decided to dip my toe back into the water with Troy. I had seen this before at the cinema, where each time they mentioned Menelaus, my friend and I whispered “like a sponge cake” (thank you, Eddie Izzard).

Well, it’s too much of an epic to go into huge detail about the plot, but pretty boy Paris, prince of Troy falls in love with Helen, wife of the aforementioned Menelaus and they scarper back to Troy. But the Spartans aren’t very happy with this, and attempt to invade the heavily fortified city. They have brought along their deadly weapon Achilles, but he’s not so keen on Spartan King Agamemnon, and as Paris is more lover than fighter, it’s up to his big brother Hector to fight the invaders off. Of course, the Spartans come up with a very ingenious way of getting beyond the walls of Troy, with a cleverly created giant horse…

It’s a long, sweaty, bloody and clichéd ‘swords and sandals’ movie – huge and completely hollow, rather like that old Trojan horse.

5/10

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