5 Inaccuracies in Brad Pitt’s Troy Movie
Homer’s Iliad has been one of the greatest epics ever written. Wolfgang Petersen did a commendable job by converting a part of this epic poem into one of the greatest war drama movie ever produced, the Troy. The story and plot as engaging as it is revolves around the abduction of Sparta’s queen Helen, which resulted in the “Trojan War” on the besieged city of Troy. It all started with Troy’s prince Paris having an affair with Helen and ended in bloodshed and destruction of the city of Troy by the Greek army led by King Agamemnon.
The fantastic costumes, terrific war scenes, and the superb acting by the ensemble cast led by Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, and Eric Bana might make Troy an impeccable movie, but there were quite a few errors in the story. Here are the 5 inaccuracies that were made in Troy which otherwise make this film a must-watch!
1. Achilles and Patroclus
The relationship between these two heroes is not exactly what is depicted in the film. In the film they are related as cousins and Achilles acts as a mentor to his younger brother. But if ancient works are analyzed, they seem more like lovers. Though in Iliad they are not romantically involved, neither it is mentioned that they are cousins. If Troy is analyzed carefully, the passion with which Achilles teaches Patroclus to fight and the rage of Achilles when he hears the news of the death of Patroclus, one might conclude that they were indeed lovers.
2. Timespan of Trojan War
It took the Greeks 10 years to bring down the walls of Troy, that too by using unfair strategies at the end. However, in Troy, a little time gap is shown from the moment the Greeks set their camps on the beach to the final breach into the city of Troy via the Trojan Horse. This time gap portrayed in the film clearly isn’t what 10 years would look like!
3. Agamemnon’s fate
Though the fate of King Agamemnon is not happy in the original Greek mythology, he doesn’t end up being dead at the end of the Trojan War, as it is shown in Troy. The death of the villain in any movie always makes the audience happy! Maybe due to this reason, the scriptwriters thought that killing Agamemnon in the Trojan War would make everyone happy!
The main reason that led to the Trojan War was Paris’s affair with Helen. Their love story is accurately depicted in the movie, but the fate of Paris is inaccurate. In Iliad, it is mentioned that Paris dies after Philoctetes’ poisonous arrow hits him. In Troy, Paris escapes the burning castle after killing Achilles.
Another striking inaccuracy of Troy is Helen’s story. It is explained in the film that instead of being an abduction, it was a rescue mission planned for Helen. In the movie, Helen claims that she was sent to Sparta to marry King Menelaus. In the ancient story, Helen is the princess of Sparta with her parents being the King and Queen of Sparta. This detail is highly inaccurate when compared with the original facts!
If you are a lover of Greek mythology and have a good knowledge regarding the original events, then it is quite difficult to ignore the inaccuracies mentioned in the Troy. However, when it comes to entertainment and hardcore action, war and drama, Troy is a must watch!