Not surprisingly when you write about hundreds of movies, sometimes you’re lost for something to say about one. Trojan Eddie never engaged me, it never made me think about ethical or philosophical issues that would be interesting to write about, it never brought to mind experiences of mine that I could compare to it, and it wasn’t a really bad movie in some way that would be comical to describe.
The title character is a member of a band of “Travellers” in Ireland, which is a kind of Gypsy, con man, nomadic criminal group.
His wife left him, though she comes back when she needs a place to sleep, treating him as a weakling for letting her. He raises their two kids by himself.
His boss, the leader of the group, decides to marry a young girl maybe 40 or 50 years his junior, because she reminds him of his beloved late wife when she was that age. (Though when you’re 60-something, is there any reason needed for marrying a hot 19 year old Irish girl, beyond that you can?)
She’s ambivalent about the whole thing, though she doesn’t seem bitterly opposed. To some degree she reacts sympathetically toward him and how he’s trying to fill the hole left by his wife, whom he’s never gotten over.
But on their wedding day, she impulsively runs off with a guy about her age, taking the dowry with her.
The boss thinks the protagonist might be in on it. (He sort of is. He didn’t know about it beforehand, but he knows more than he’s telling now, and he’s trying to get a cut of the money to facilitate his leaving the group himself.)
For a movie about a crime syndicate, and about an exotic and unfamiliar kind of people, there’s surprisingly little action in this movie.
It opens with the protagonist hawking goods in a way that looks like an Old West medicine show. (Presumably he’s cheating them and selling them defective items. Or they’re stolen. Something shady anyway.) But really after that we see very little of what sort of cons or crimes these folks commit. Less than 5% of the film is devoted to that.
For that matter, not only do we not learn much about the Traveller lifestyle, but there isn’t even all that much generic crime and violence, compared to the overwhelming majority of movies about criminals. There are threats here and there, but again less than 5% of the movie is any kind of violence.
It’s more a talky domestic drama about these people’s marriages and such.
I’m sure there are a lot of things I didn’t pick up on about this movie that were well done and maybe would have given me a higher opinion of it, but I was bored and my mind was wandering for most of the film. So I was kind of in and out.
I never felt much inclination to care about these characters or this story. Consequently, I have to give Trojan Eddie a thumbs down.