Considering the grandiose set design it is only proper that a featurette is dedicated to this topic. From Ruins to Reality examines the stunning scenery, with interviews from what appears to be genuinely impressed actors. A production disaster is also investigated: a freak storm tore the entire Troy city gates apart - a massive construction with unthinkable manhours of effort used in its build. The solution? Just build the whole thing again from scratch - you can see the scale of this effort in one of the screengrabs.
Greek mythology is a fascinating subject, one that has captured and ignited the imaginations of many, whether it be Xena or Jason of the Argonauts. Gallery of the Gods goes some way to assuaging the lack of the true mythical content in Troy proper. Backstory of Paris is expanded, his task of choosing the most beautiful goddess by Zeus, and the subsequent fallout is explained. Which sides the gods chose, and why, adds significantly to the mythos that is feathered by Troy but never grasped.
While some people may bemoan the fact that Troy does not entertain the God's role from the Iliad and other omissions, I found Troy to be a surprisingly good movie. There isn't much depth here, and perhaps a bit too much po-faced characterisation, but a few performances, notably Cox and Pitt, make Troy eminently enjoyable. If you can bear that wailing soundtrack!
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