There are moments in movie history that reach sublime heights. One that always immediately comes to my mind is Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday in “Tombstone.” I’ve always loved movies, but I couldn’t figure out all the ruckus over the Oscars and being “Best Actor,” etc. In some places in ancient times, actors were viewed as part of the lowest rung of society, criticized for not being authentic, for one thing.
Yet, acting is an art, and there are those artists who can take one’s breath away. As there are musical performances that can bring one to tears, so there are acting performances that make one sit up and take notice. Kilmer’s is one such in my opinion, and Brad Pitt’s Greek anti-hero Achilles in “Troy” is another. Beside the fact that Pitt presents his most deliciously rippling physique yet, in this film he has some truly luscious lines, such as:
The gods envy us. They envy us because we’re mortal, because any moment might be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now, and we will never be here again.
Pitt’s battle with Eric Bana, playing the wise, honorable and sexy Trojan prince Hector, is epic in its choreography and execution by both actors. They dance so beautifully that the viewer almost forgets it’s a fight scene which concludes horribly, as the real hero of the film is killed. Bana is very good and elegant in his moves, but the director scored high marks in showing how Pitt’s Achilles is better and will certainly win. Pitt reaches his peak physically in this film and especially this scene, with brilliantly smooth and expertly executed moves, accompanied by great editing, sound effects and musical score.
The rest of the film contains numerous other moments that pop out, and all in all is an excellent production.
Interestingly, great-looking Eric Bana strikingly resembles the fabulous ancient gold artifact called the “Mask of Agamemnon.”