Movie Review - Beowulf
Starring Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich
Running Time: 1 Hour 54 Minutes
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sexual material, and nudity.
Back to why its not for kids. BEWARE!! SPOILERS ALERT!! AND THEY ARE SOMEWHAT DISGUSTING.
This film is surprisingly entertaining. With memories of many failed attempts to bring the poem Beowulf to the big screen, I shuttered to think of what a big-budgeted Hollywood film could do. My fears eased when they announced that the director and main producer would be Robert Zemeckis, the main behind Forest Gump, Castaway, and the ever amazing Back to the Future series. Zemeckis has been on a kick with motion capture films lately as his last film was The Polar Express and he produced Monster House. Both films that used the motion capture animated technology. He brings that technology to Beowulf and the result is even more realistic graphics than before. Enough cannot be said of the amazingly clear, realistic, and pretty graphics. They are marvelous.
The story is amped up for appeal and features many action sequences. It follows the original story slightly throughout as the main plot of Beowulf destroying Grendel and then being cursed by Grendel's mother. Beowulf displays these characters in fresh ways and it seemingly works. The story entertains and keeps you interesting throughout. There are some slow parts that could have used some tightening, but overall, the entire film is very streamlined for only the best, most entertaining parts.
I was very impressed with the graphics that came out of Beowulf although I do agree with most critics that the eyes of every character still needs some work. It always feels like they are dead and lifeless, which should be on the top of the list for motion capture activists to fix for the next one. I was also intrigued with how they portrayed the characters and advanced the story. It worked for me as I did not think that keeping to the original poem was best thing to do. I'm sure English teachers will not be happy with it, but its not meant to be educational, just entertaining. The actors/actresses were all top-notch talent and all played their parts wonderfully. The directing was fresh and very lively.
Beowulf is playing at Cinema 3 theatres in McCook. Check out showtimes at www.fridleytheatres.com.