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1.0 out of 5 stars weird, artificial and pretty bad., 22 April 2008
This review is from: Beowulf - 1 Disc Edition [2007] [DVD] (DVD)
I think this is a disaster, though it is quite fun to watch once. The film makers have gone for a curious computer-generated war-games/manga kind of visual presentation in which real actors - Antony Hopkins, Ray Winstone, Robin Wright Penn, Angelina Jolie - look something like an unreal, Thunderbirds version of themselves. In particular, they move strangely, as if wading through a kind of very thin treacle, so that their movements may sometimes be swift, indeed swifter than might be possible in reality, but they still look completely artificial and - well - unreal. So you can never believe what you are seeing, which is a pity, as this great epic poem is gritty and raw and very human, as Hrothgar and Beowulf and Wiglaf try to come to terms with the creature Grendel and its horrible mother, and it should be sterling stuff. The filmmakers have also quite changed the story. Hrothgar has had a child by Grendel's mother (that is his secret shame), and in turn Beowulf, instead of having an epic underwater battle with her, seems also to succumb to her seductive power. She is 'played' by Angelina Jolie, who looks pretty seductive but also (like everyone else) pretty weird, but the point of this liaison of plasma-posturing titans is difficult to understand, and indeed it is pretty well forgotten about until the very end of the film. Why did they do this? It's as if the spoof director in the amusing Orange commercials had had a hand in it ; you expect a subliminal input about text messaging. Perhaps the most unfortunate 'character' is Hrothgar's wife (Robin Wright Penn), who looks like Princess Fiona from 'Shrek' interfered with by Gerry Anderson. No, this is not good, it is silly, and like all silly things it does have a certain appeal, but not at all for the reasons the filmmakers intended.
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Initial post: 13 Sep 2013 21:41:14 BDT
David Muir says:
Well said Ian, actually I could not bear watching it and knowing my friend and brilliant actor Anthony Hopkins was in it I was looking forward to it.Frankly now I have seen a bit of it I'd rather watch my bubble float while fishing on the Crinan Canal.At least there is a chance for a nice trout wrapped in oats for supper.Shadowlands [DVD]
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