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Read it and Weep

Mar 13, 2012

Without a doubt, the worst thing about The Iliad is that it doesn't have Brad Pitt in it.  Wolfgang Peterson fixed that in his 2004 movie that has almost no basis in the works of Homer.

Troy completely re-imagines the epic poem about the Trojan war as an over-long action movie about people fighting for no reason.  It also updates many things modern audiences would find boring.  Instead of an all-stabbing war, the movie includes giant flaming balls of twine.  Instead of a war without a Trojan horse, the movie includes a particularly plausible Trojan horse.  Instead of women being property, they're people!

It was much less pleasurable than listening to the book, but that was mostly because it was a short nap instead of a good night's sleep.  Joining us once again is our favorite British blogger, Kyra of FerretBrain.