Historical films try their best to be as accurate as possible. They match the costumes, props, set design, and more. But if you ask historians, some details are so inaccurate, it’s embarrassing. This especially applies to the 2004 feature film Troy. While the film did a good job of educating viewers about the Trojan War, historians argue the film missed a lot of important information.
Adding excitement to history
There haven’t been many historical films about Greek mythology. Perhaps because it’s a difficult task for film directors. But the 2004 film Troy introduces viewers to Homer’s classic epic, Iliad, where the film portrays the battle between the ancient kingdoms of Troy and Sparta.
This is obviously exciting, but the film adds an even more adventurous, thrilling tale of the story’s conflict. But historians will be quick to tell you the war was more brutal than what is seen in the film.
A far worse fate
In the movie, Paris (played by Orlando Bloom) survives after killing Achilles (played by Brad Pitt). But according to the epic poem, Paris brutally perished during the Trojan War by Philoctetes’s poison arrow. His fate was far worse than what was seen in the film.
This is also true for Hector’s wife, Andromache, who becomes a slave to Achilles’s son, Neoptolemus, while someone kills her son, Astyanax. But in the movie, both characters escape Troy.
Other historical inaccuracies
There are many other historical inaccuracies present in Troy, according to the historians. For example, the movie spans a matter of weeks when the real Trojan War lasted a full decade. Also, in the film, Helen (played by Diane Kruger) says she’s not from Sparta. Historians shake their head at that remark because Helen was from Sparta. This is completely inaccurate.
And you know what they say. History doesn’t change—except in some movies.