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Relying on the same motion capture technique he utilized in "The Polar Express," Zemeckis has crafted an entirely computer generated film that has an appropriately surreal look. This is especially true of the characters, which exist in a gray area between the realistic and the fantastic; they don't look phony by any means, but they're not completely authentic, either. I suppose part of this can be blamed on the limits of computer technology, which still isn't able to fool an audience despite major advances. The thing is, I don't think the film should have looked too realistic, simply because it's telling an unrealistic story. "Beowulf" is a purely imaginative piece, and as such, the film needed a purely imaginative look. Zemeckis chose to make the entire thing one big special effect--there are no individual effects that enhance live-action scenes.
Taking place in the sixth century, Ray Winstone voices the title character with the perfect mix of pride, arrogance, and youthful impulsiveness.Read more ›
There is something to admire in that fearless definition of heroism held up high in the original tale. Something even more endearing about this ultimate clash between good and evil.Read more ›
Just received the movie today and I'm not disappointed; great movie in 3D. I thought I could only get the region 2 addition; I was really happy to discover that I had the region free addition. I didn't have to go in and change the language settings, it was ready to go when I put the movie in. The sound made my system come to life and the picture was done in HD quality, this is not a bootleg which I was kind of worried about at first, I must say those thoughts have been erased. Great addition to my 3d collection and I would strongly suggest every movie fan to pick this copy up; before the prices go though the roof. Don't say I didn't warn you...............
Robert Zemeckis's "Beowulf" has, I think, been grossly misunderstood. The popular consensus appears to be that it is another mo-cap failure, all exaggerated, adolescent, computer-generated violence with zero substance. While the film certainly has its flaws, the visual effects techniques employed to create it have apparently blinded many to its rather clever deconstruction of the Beowulf story.
Now, it's inarguable that the original poem is a treasured literary classic, but what some of the more "academic" reviews either don't seem to grasp or conveniently choose to ignore is that the poem is over a thousand years old and is an entirely different medium to the modern blockbuster; literature is an individual experience, interpreted through the prism of the reader's - or listener's, if hearing an oration - imagination while film is a defined, temporal experience intended for a mass audience. What works in one can be disastrous in another.
The key obstacle in adapting "Beowulf" is the narrative structure. The story is split between three battles: Grendel, Grendel's mother, and the Dragon. Classical three-act structure, you say? Not quite. There's a fifty year gap between the last two acts. Furthermore, Beowulf himself is a static character, an idealized hero without flaw. These present no real issue in poetic verse, but in a film that is expected to flow smoothly from narrative point A to narrative point B in two hours or less, a static protagonist will bore the audience and such an enormous time shift will seem unjustified.
Therefore, writers Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary strove to accomplish with their adaptation what any good adaptation ought to do -- find a new reason to tell this ancient tale.Read more ›
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The children loved this movie. Shown to seniors for English class.Published 8 days ago by Mrs. Betty C. Adair
I accidentally bought two copies. Both have issues when Beowulf first meets Grendels mother. Something must have been wrong with the original these were copied from. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Susan O'Sheaghnessy
Can't believe this was not released her in 3-D....whack!...anyhow lucky this one is in English as well and looks phenomenalPublished 1 month ago by Kyp007
very corny, overly sexualized instead of implied sexuality of the timePublished 1 month ago by Karis
This review is for the 3D only
Good/Great 3D most of the time but my Sony KDL70 did display some ghosting.
To combat this I turned the brightness all the way up. Read more
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