WARNING: I'm trying to avoid spoilers, but this is a story that's thousands of years old so shouldn't hold too many surprises. Good but not great. That's how I sum up Troy. It's almost 3 hours of good, solid entertainment, and I'm always up for a good sword and armour movie, but it never really combines all its potential elements (and an outstanding cast) to get anywhere past "entertaining" and move into "wow" territory. If you were expecting epic battle scenes like LOTR, you'll be disappointed. It's more a series of short skirmishes as each side takes turns being agressor and defender. Achilles' fight style rules. Swordmaster Richard Ryan did a great job turning Brad Pitt into a real invincible killer. Supposedly the son of a godess (?) he is invulnerable in battle, except at the back of his heel (that's the Achilles Heel for the stupid girl behind me). Gods are referenced in the movie, but are not an actual presence. Achilles moves almost magicly, but not entirely out of the realsm of possibility for a born warrior of unsurpassed skills and reflexes. The Achilles vs Hector fight is one of the best duels I've ever seen, and I'm in a re-enacting club and (not wanting to sound big headed) I know what's flashy cr*p and what's good sword fighting. This stuff was good. Big heavy blows aimed to chop your opponent into pieces. The sets of the city of Troy are beautiful, but some of the CGI shots of the Greek fleet and the massed battles weren't quite spot on. Again, LOTR has set such a high standard for the sword and battle genre that other movies really have a lot to live up to (the less said about the CGI in The Last Samurai, the better). But it's not so bad that it's jarringly distracting. For those who were worried about nudity and sex, there's a half-second glimpse of Helen's naked butt, and a glimpse of Brad Pitt's butt, but no bare breasts or full on frontal nudity. And no graphic sex scenes either. So no need to wrry about that, the brief sex scenes were all done quite tastefully. And there was no swearing that I noticed. The cast is fantastic but the acting was again, good but not excellent. Sadly there are a lot of stereotypical characters. Eric Bana nails Hector as the noble warrior. Orlando Bloom is brave to play such a nancy-boy considering his teen girl idol status. Paris is a lover, not a fighter. Dianne Kruger as Helen is okay, but not actually given much to do except stand there and be pretty. Brad Pitt's a bit wooden as Achilles, but then again, Brad Pitt is always a bit wooden. Sean Bean is okay as Odysseus, a good and noble king endentured to Brian Cox's powermonger Agamemnon. I half expected him to start frothing at the mouth, he's a vicious powermad monster. Apart from him, both sides are represented fairly balanced. Peter O'Toole is great as King Priam, a pious man who believes totally and utterly in the will of the gods. His scene with Achilles is one of the best acting scenes in the movie. And Aussie girl Rose Byrne does well as Briseis. Don't go expecting a historically accurate movie translated directly from Homer's epic poem The Iliad. The siege of Troy lasted 10-20 years, but it's over in weeks in the movie for momentum purposes. As for the authenticity of the costumes, weapons, armour and architecture, I'll leave that to someone else to judge. Good but great, definitely worth a watch, and I'll be buying it on DVD mainly for the Hector vs Achilles fight. Catch it at a cheap session, but definitely see it on the big screen.