I’ve heard some critics complain that this movie suffers because it was stripped of the gods that figure so heavily into Homer’s Iliad, on which the film is based. I never missed’em. In fact, the characters are left to pick up the slack, and they do just fine. Brad Pitt’s Achilles is a certified bad-ass, and his non-conformist, free-agent politics are appealing. His preoccupation with his own legacy is a bit overwrought, especially given his divine lineage (which is all but ignored in the film), and seems incongruent with his character’s bloodthirstiness. This movie is an epic in every sense of word. The battle scenes are immense and the vistas are dramatic and sweeping, both complimented well by the CG special effects. An excellent film.

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