Troy vs. the Iliad Essay

1402 Words Apr 15th, 2005 6 Pages
Over the thousands of years that the epic story the Iliad has survived, there has no doubt been some form of alteration to Homer's original. Last May, Wolfgang Petersen directed a movie based on the Iliad. This movie, Troy, has proven to be a very loose adaptation of Homer's original, as are almost all stories that are made into movies, unfortunately. With its timeless storyline, amazing scenery, gorgeous actors/actresses and most of all, its reported two hundred million dollar budget, it is easy to see why Troy was hyped up to be a box office hit. However, the film critics were harsh on this movie, as they had every right to be, and it ended up being a total flop. Compared to Homer's Iliad, Troy is rather disappointing. But, to be …show more content…
Hector is then forced to defend his little brother and kills Menelaus. The elimination of the Gods from Troy, although unsatisfactory, does simplify the movie compared to the complicated plot of the Iliad. Wolfgang Petersen may have had motivation to remove the Gods because it may have been difficult for most Americans to imagine the actions and motivations of the Gods since a Christian or modern God doesn't normally take such an involved position in a person's daily life. Therefore, this absence gave the movie a more humanized feel while taking some of the mystique out of this legend.
Next, the characters and the plot in Troy are weakly developed in comparison to the Iliad. The Iliad is completely the opposite. All of the characters and the plot are very descriptively illustrated for the reader. Nothing is left to the imagination. On the other hand, Troy leaves much to the imagination. The entire war is downplayed by being portrayed as having taken place in just a few short weeks. As for the characters, Achilles, although brave, just does not quite live up to his hero status. Hector is depicted as more of a hero than Achilles, another contradiction from the original. It seemed clear in the Iliad that Achilles was the protagonist, but in the movie, it seemed Hector took much of the hero factor. "One of the Iliad's outstanding contributions to human civilization,

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