The movie Helen of Troy shows the important details before and inside the book Iliad. This movie helps the readers to understand this book. Also, it shows how the Trojan war started and how Troy has fallen. Like in the book, because Helen was taken by Paris, the Achaeans demanded to take her back and conquer and make Troy fall. The movie only shows the important details and the book, and changes the flow of the story to make it more beautiful and appropriate for their theme.
After viewing the movie, there are lot of differences between the book Iliad and the movie Helen of Troy. Like in the movie, Achilles is one of the faithful followers of Agamemnon but in the book, Achilles disgusts him and didn’t participate in the war until Patroclus was killed by Hector. Also in the movie, Hector didn’t seem to participate in the battle but in the book, he is the one who leads the soldiers of Troy. There are a lot of differences on the movie and the book but still, they both show how Troy has fallen because of one woman.
The movie emphasizes didn’t emphasizes on Achilles but the love between Paris and Helen that they don’t care what will happen in the future and the most important to them is that they are together. Also, the movie focus on Helen’s life, on how she loss her to friends, on how she became mature, how she come marry Menelaus, the brother of Agamemnon, how she fell in love with Paris, and how she face his destiny that in the end, she will lose Paris and ended up following Menelaus, according to what Cassandra foretell to her.
This movie was intended to show that love can destroy a castle. Like in the movie, Cassandra tries to prevent the fall of troy but still it happens because of Paris love Helen so much, he took her from the Achaeans. And because of this the fate of Troy has been fulfilled. This movie also intended to open the eyes of the viewers how tragic was war is. Both parties in the movie loss many soldiers, friends and families. Like the death of Paris in the side of Troy and how the daughter of Agamemnon was sacrificed in order to make the waves to favor the Achaeans.
The movie shows that there is nothing was proven after the war but only loss in both parties. This movie is recommended to those people who have been read the book Iliad so that they can visualize some events happened in the book. Also to those people who are concerned about the happenings in Trojan War and how a great and powerful city was was destroyed because of one woman. And to those who are studying the Iliad so they can more understand the message of Homer to the readers of Iliad.