Cinema Consults: TROY

Physician's Money Digest, March15 2005, Volume 12, Issue 5

This film, which can be rentedfrom your local video store, israted on a scale of 1 to 4 caducei:

TROY

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Brother, Where Art Thou?

(2004): Sometimes a storyis just too good to be"messed with." Iknow I braced myselfwhen I heardthat Homer's was being adaptedfor the big screen.On the one hand Icould not imaginehow they could ever cram such abeloved epic into a couple of hours.On the other hand, I knew I just hadto see them try. And like most ambitiousadaptations, this one fell shortof the mark. Don't get me wrong, ithad some wonderful moments, but itteetered a little too tenuously betweenthe world of mythology andhistory for my liking. Director WolfgangPeterson nods to the mythologicalroots of the story without actuallymaking them a part of the film—although Achilles (Brad Pitt) makes itclear that he has walked among thegods. So where are they? Thetis (thesea-goddess, Achilles' mother) makesan appearance, but unless you studiedmythology, you'd hardly recognizeher. And the rearranging of plotand character motivation felt a bitstrained. Overall the cast is strongand appears committed to makingthe film work, but there are someobstacles that even the gods can'tovercome. In this case, a forced scriptand an abandoned source, leave thisbeautiful film barren. If you want tosee a better, though highly interpretive,Homeric adaptation, rent

Rating: 2

Lisa A. Tomaszewski, managing editor

of Physician's Money Digest, is currently

working on her PhD in literature at

Drew University in New Jersey. She is

an avid fan of film and has taught a

summer film course at Fairleigh

Dickinson University. She welcomes

questions, comments, or suggestions for

future film reviews at 732-656-1140

ext 195 or ltomaszewski@mwc.com.