YMMV / Troy

  • Common Knowledge: The Trojan horse, Achilles' death, and fall of Troy were not mentioned in The Iliad.
  • Designated Hero:
    • Achilles is a bit of a jerk. This is mostly accurate as he spends a good deal of the book a self-centered asshole, and is only shaken out of his selfishness by the death of his dearest friend.
    • Paris is portrayed a lot more sympathetically than he was in The Iliad despite still essentially starting a war where so many lives were lost just so he could have Helen. He also escapes at the end with Helen.
  • Fridge Logic: Are the gods still in there manipulating events, even though they're not seen?
  • Heartwarming Moments: Priam's speech.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: With Achilles' trademark finisher resembling a certain leaping assassination technique from a certain video game series and at least three of the Greco-Roman gods comprising the First Civilization, maybe Achilles was really an Assassin.
    • The fact that this is one of the few movies where Sean Bean's character (Odysseus) doesn't die, a movie where over half the named cast members die, ranks up there as well.
    • A major plot point is Achilles getting sick of being at Agamemnon's beck and call. Which happens every week in the first season of Danball Senki.
    • Sean Bean plays Odysseus here (one of the few films where he doesn't get killed) and would later play Zeus, the king of the Greek gods, in the film adaptation of Percy Jackson.
  • Memetic Badass: Achilles. "Who would win? Achilles or...?" (Leonidas/Maximus/Superman/Chuck Norris...) Experts have even pronounced him "Str8 gangsta", unusually for the time period. Beowulf fans debate at length: "Achilles is kinda cheating with the heel thing..." And the answer is: Achilles.
  • Moment Of Awesome:
    • Hector vs. Ajax
    • Achilles vs. Hector.
    • Achilles finally getting shot.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Practically every Greek solider, save Achilles and Odysseus, crosses it when they sack Troy in the Director's Cut.
    • If Agamemnon hadn't already crossed it, "I gave her to the men!" made him sail over it like he was launched from a cannon.
  • Narm:
    • Brad Pitt's accent seems a likely place. This is primarily for the sake of balance but the film does have a kind of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves silliness to it.
    • The film goes to great, almost absurd lengths to assure the audience that Achilles is straight and that his cousin and surrogate little brother figure Patroclus is probably straight (or at least ambiguously straight or whatever).
    • The Hector/Achilles fight is so overly choreographed it almost feels more like a dance scene than a duel to the death.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Sack of Troy, especially in the Director's Cut.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • For all the Ham and Cheese in this movie, the look on King Priam's face when he emerges from his chambers to find his beloved Troy in flames is utterly heartbreaking.
    • Hector descending to fight Achilles. We all know how well that was going to turn out for him.
    • And it seems his family, who are watching on, also seem to know what little chance Hector stands against Achilles. The shots of his wife, Andromache, are especially heartbreaking, as she practically has a nervous breakdown during the fight, and her reaction to his death is even worse.
    • Hector showing Andromache the escape tunnels beneath the city in case Troy is sacked and Hector dies. Made worse by the fact that some versions of the myth do not end well for Andromache.
    • Hector's face in every single scene. Man knows they're on a slippery slope to hell five minutes into the film but he can't DO anything about it (without dooming Paris) and that realization makes his entire performance just heartbreaking.
    • Priam asking for his son Hector's body back, especially this line:
      Priam: "You're still my enemy tonight. But even enemies can show respect."
      • There's also his line "How many cousins have you killed? How many sons and fathers and brothers and husbands? How many brave Achilles?" Peter O'Toole's delivery is just heartbreaking to say the least.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Helen and Paris both fall prey to this. While (as mentioned above) Paris is arguably more sympathetic than his counterpart in the Illiad and the writers tried to make Helen a far more proactive character (due to the removal of the Greek Gods, who were implied to trick Helen into falling in love with Paris, and the far different attitudes towards women) in that she actively makes the decision to leave her husband to be with the man she loves, it doesn't change the fact that their actions caused a war that resulted in the deaths/dispersion of thousands of people...and they don't appear to have much guilt (Helen does try fleeing back but Hector talks to her and that's the last of it) and manage to escape together at the end.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Brad Pitt as Achilles was quite a stretch among audiences.
  • The Woobie: Patroclus.