The Set Pieces Are Actually Still Quite Stunning
And then, you have the set pieces. There are so many raised shields and slashed swords, and you never get lost in the combat. Instead, it’s all staged beautifully, and the epic moments are meant to feel epic, while the quieter moments definitely get their time to shine.
In a lot of films like this, the fights just move way too quickly and you only get a sense of the size and scale of battle. But in Troy, every fight feels meaningful. Every death feels worthy of being up on that screen. You can hate the acting or the dialogue all you want in this movie, but I don’t see how it’s possible to hate the action set pieces and scenery. They’re fantastic!