Well, The Iliad was more about Achilles than anyone else. But then, Homer's The Iliad was an exciting and colorful epic. This is Bush Goes to Troy with a happy ending (it even has scenes of prisoner abuse--okay, they're dead, but still...).
i think Pitt's a good actor. is he as good as penn or depp? maybe not.
Penn did some good things early in his career; nowadays it's as if he never knew the meaning of the word "understated." Depp is brilliant at choosing his roles, but sometimes, as in Donnie Brasco, you see the difference between a smart and somewhat talented performer and a great actor like Pacino.
Pirates and that Mexico movie shows he has a gift for redeeming crappy material. That's a talent of sorts.
Pitt--well, he's funny in Snatch, I'll give him that.Pitt was good in Seven
I thought Morgan Freeman was pretty good, and even (gasp) Gwyneth Paltrow in her one scene opposite Freeman; I thought Fincher created a nicely textured little world, no small thanks to Darius Khondji. The script was pretty silly tho.
You could see his limitations in the scene where he (SPOILERS) realizes what's in the box. All Freeman had to do was point his eyes to the heavens, and you could appreciate the full weight of the tragedy. Pitt looked like someone drew a fork across the side of his car.
Pitt's was the kind of guy who thinks getting his paintjob scratched is a tragedy. Shallow and superficial.
This doesn't necessarily make Pitt a good actor, it just means that he happened to fit that role. Similar to Tom Cruise playing a superficial prick who throws money at his obstacles in Eyes Wide Shut.
Yeah, Pitt's character's supposed to be shallow, but I thought his grief shouldn't be. It was supposed to be his moment of transcendence, when he goes beyond shallowness (y'know--"become Wrath" and all that). After all, that thing in the box is supposed to be important.
Cruise I liked in Magnolia, tho I didn't like the movie.