The Odyssey Movie Analysis

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The Odyssey, written by Homer, was composed nearly 2000 years ago. The story takes place in ancient Greece as the audience follows the cunning and heroic king, Odysseus, on his long and toilsome trek back home to Ithaca after the Trojan War. Along the way, Odysseus and his crew are plagued with temptation and bad luck; for every poor decision made, the Gods forge a punishment that outweighs the crime. Mythical creatures, wretched storms, tempting mistresses, and an abundance of Gods and Goddesses set Odysseus on a course with many detours; making a short trip home into a ten year voyage. The story explores several themes significant in greek culture, such as; temptation, homecoming, family, loyalty, fate and free will. This epic poem still holds universal significance in the fields of Mythology and Literature, as it is still analyzed to this day; so much so it,…show more content…
The original epic poem is lengthy and follows a non chronological order that can make the it difficult to follow. On the downside, the films simplicity sacrifices some the nuance of the film. The viewer does not get to dive in as deeply into Everett’s past as one can do in the Odyssey, The film would have been better if we could have seen the complete evolution of the main character, as can be seen in the Odyssey. The film obviously takes some poetic liberties. I especially appreciate the portaryl as Everett in contrast to Odysseus. Everett, being a fugitive, isfar from a hero. He is not pious as Odysseus is, on the contrary, he is more sacrilegious if anything. Coming from a more secular person, this makes Everett more likeable and relatable than

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