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May 14, 2004
By: Kevin Drum

TROY REVIEW....I saw Troy this afternoon, and, really, it wasn't bad although, sadly, the Trojans lost once again even in this modern retelling. Brad Pitt was fine aside from some odd facial tics during his meeting with Priam that I couldn't quite make sense of.

And there are lessons to be learned from it, too. That whole Iliad story which I understand the movie to be "based on" sure goes to show the value of a well-targeted special ops team doesn't it?

Oh yeah, and don't mock the gods. Bad news, that.

FOOTNOTE: There was one odd thing about the movie aside from the inevitable garbling of story details, of course. They pronounced the name of Mr. Helen of Troy as Me-nu-lauw-us. I've always heard it pronounced Me-nu-lay-us. But who knows? Perhaps that's how ancient Greeks really said it. I imagine it's hard to say for sure at a remove of several millennia.

FOOTNOTE ANSWER: Astonishingly erudite discussion is here.

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