Unformatted text preview: priests over his warriors for war advice. One thing that I thought the movie lacked is the emphasis of the Achilles and Patroclus friendship. Homer’s version made the pair’s bond like Gilgamesh and Enkidu where as in the movie it was like they were merely close relatives. Patroclus’ character was also portrayed as an inexperienced and even an inept warrior who was shy where as in the book he desires glory as does Achilles and isn’t short of cursing off Hector in a long speech before he slays him. In the movie he says nothing before he is killed. I think because I have already read The Iliad and knew what to expect I came in to watching the movie with a critical attitude and high expectations (that weren’t all met). The movie falls short to the epic novel with a three out of five star rating....
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- Spring '08
- The Iliad, merely close relatives