By Three D
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Starring Ray Winstone, Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, Robin Wright
Paramount Home Video
Release Date: July 29, 2008
The only ancient element that you’ll find in this movie is the haunting music being played. Being it is the 21st century, and this being a circa 500 A.D. epic poem, the poem has founded the powerful steroid. When Beowulf is injected with it, boy, does the movie turn out to be an unrelenting, ruthless, and great action film that hit’s a towering homerun. What then had school lads pulling their hair out and reading Cliff Notes instead of the actual poem, will find themselves salivating and standing in long lines over Robert Zemeckis’ (who tried this motion-capture technique before with Polar Express) wonderful creation. The ancient world that he paints for us is unbelievable and has us wanting more.
Could this movie have worked if it was made with “real” people and “real” settings? I doubt that. Zemeckis really gives birth to such creatures (did we really picture Grendel like that, his mother sure is sexy, and a dragon whose heart looks like any other heart) that only computer animation can bring to life. As far as our actors go, the screenplay team who worked on Pulp Fiction can only help, you really won’t be able to tell the difference.
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