is difficult to express how highly one rates Wolfgang Petersen,
the director of this movie. He is currently one of the greatest
epic directors. He does not let us down in what is a magnificent
was a time, about 20 years ago, when they said that this kind of
'sandals and skirts' epic would never be attempted again. Too
expensive my dear fellow! Oh! how wrong those fools were. Thanks
to CGI such a film has never been producable more cost effectively.
critics whine about the absence of the Gods! Gadzooks. How much
money would they have cost? These critical plebs must surely not
be movie accountants.
in all this is a magnificent achievement. One is tempted to single
out Orlando Bloom for particular praise as his vulnerability during
the fight for Helen is almost unwatchabley painful, but Eric Bana,
too, is beautifully, nervously, intelligently, played.
entertaining to hear Brad Pitt speaking in a James Bond type English
accent and he is very memorable, although, when he shouts, Pitt
seems to shout with a sort of American twang.
music is hypnotic and the whole staging is lush in a wood and sand
sense. The Greek scenery, as always, is super (even though the beach
was filmed in Mexico).