Beowulf

Beowulf

DVD - 2008
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"...hugely provocative fun..."--Boston Globe
"Highly entertaining..."--New York Post
"...solemnly gorgeous..."--Entertainment Weekly
Mighty warrior Beowulf becomes involved in an epic battle with the ruthlessly seductive mother of a demon named Grendel after he destroys the demon. Includes The Making of Beowulf.
Publisher: [United States] : Paramount Home Entertainment, 2008
Edition: Widescreen ed
Branch Call Number: DVD ACTION BEO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 114 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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lukasevansherman
Feb 13, 2017

"Dude, Grendel's mom is hot!"-Adolescent boys everywhere.
Like many high school and college students, you may have had to struggle through the Old English poem "Beowulf," which is the oldest work of literature in English. Unlike many, you probably didn't think, "Hey, this would make a great movie! It just needs weird animation, a sexy monster, and John Malkovich." "Beowulf" was clearly made to cash in on the epic fantasy of "The Lord of the Rings," but boy does it fall short. If you've seen "The Polar Express" or the Jim Carrey "Christmas Carol," also directed by Robert Zemeckis, you're familiar with the weirdly unsettling motion capture animation. The actors look sort of like themselves, but with an uncanny valley animated veneer that is more often than not creepy and fake. I couldn't get past that, but even if I could, the movie is pretty terrible. The cast is game, but they can only do so much, although I liked Crispin Glover's Grendel. You don't need your 3D glasses to figure out which parts were meant to be seen in 3D (like arrows rushing at the viewer). Co-written by Neil Gaiman ("Sandman," "Coraline"), but he can't be blamed for this mess. I bet the Beowulf poet is turning over in his grave right now. If, you know, he hadn't decomposed centuries ago.

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Hal_Jones
Aug 10, 2016

If you ever read the epic, DO NOT watch this film. Absolutely Awful.

TSCPL_ShelbyS May 20, 2016

So you may have heard of this one as being... average; perhaps average at best. I disagree a little. The art/cinematography/effects were less realistic and more like a comic book and that's ok.
Personally, after I finished it, I thought it a movie with a missed message. It showed a culture lose its heroes and legends over time and through the encroachment of an outside religion.

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akirakato
Sep 27, 2015

This is a 2007 American 3D motion capture epic fantasy directed by Robert Zemeckis, inspired by the Old English epic poem of the same name.
Although the animation and special effects appear reasonably superb, the monster scenes are far from realistic.
Hence, the whole story seems too childish or unbelievable.
I wanna see more realistic presentation!

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TylerLines
Feb 14, 2015

Great movie, I have no trouble watching this again.

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Glokta
Feb 13, 2015

Its a pretty average escapism movie. Blood and Vikings and monsters are throughout. Not sure how it compares to the source material but that's not the reason to watch it. If you watch it for the "I am Beowulf!!!..." of it all then it's ok. There is a dragon near the end which is cool. Story is pretty predictable and characters are pretty one dimensional. I guess the themes would be the dangers of temptation. The voice acting is great, notable actors/actresses like Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, and John Malkovich contribute their likenesses and voices. The animation style is a weird CGI/live action mix. I don't know for sure but it looks like they maybe motion captured live actors. It looks like what you would find in a video game. For me in the movie I didn't like it. On the one hand, the characters faces resemble real actors, but the movement and the expressions and other small details are obviously CGI, so having the "real" aspect of the faces with the artificial aspect of the CGI just make everything look way more fake as a result. But that's subjective and obviously not everyone would agree. I just wish they had gone with pure live action or pure hand drawn animation instead of a weird CGI hybrid.

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Nursebob
Jan 03, 2015

Surprisingly literate adult fantasy that looks like a cross between a playstation game and a Waterhouse painting. Everything here is presented in heroic proportions from the imposing soundtrack to the elaborate action sequences, which must have looked spectacular in IMAX 3D. And let’s not forget the hunky protagonists......Ray Winstone and Angelina Jolie never looked so sexy in their computer-generated bods, it’s a shame the technical crew forgot to give them genitalia. Be sure and check out the “making of” short in the extras section....very interesting.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jan 04, 2014

Despite the 'sometimes wooden' facial expression due to computer animation, this film delivers fantasy and escapism, big time. I enjoyed it greatly. The fact that Beowulf is portrayed as a flawed hero delivers a dose of humanity to the plot. 'A Hero Comes Home' is one of my favourite songs.

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Marcell_Murray
Oct 07, 2013

So I'd give this one a 4/5. I really enjoyed the plot and animation, as well as the characters. I do feel that the story's situation of the theme could have been more discreet, and the in-between-scenes would have been better off deleted, once you understood what the main factor was. Still, Robert Zemeckis did an outstanding job, as I watched the movie with fairly good excitement of A and B connections.

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Monolith
Dec 07, 2012

The computer animation definitely took some getting used to, but I adjusted, eventually. It had a really long 'video game' feel to it, less the controllers, naturally. That's not to say it wasn't impressive -- it was. It just gave me as a viewer a discomfort that's difficult to explain. Loved the cast (two specifically reliving similarly styled roles). Robin Wright resurrecting "The Princes Bride", per se, and the same for Brendan Gleeson with a battling 'Hamish' from "Braveheart" type character. Creepy Crispin Glover as Grendel; Sir Anthony Hopkins as the king; and Botox lipped Jolie as the evil succubus (fitting). Malkovich was perfect as the weaselly character, too. The only one whose likeness was inaccurate was Beowulf himself. Enjoyed him intensely in "The Proposition", but have you seen Ray Winstone lately? (lol) Check out the special features, if not.

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Feb 01, 2010

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jul 06, 2010

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jul 06, 2010

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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noob123
Jul 16, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Sharmink
Jul 10, 2008

Violence: Even though it's animated, there is a lot of graphic violence. A lot of horrible injuries and deaths. Definitely not for the squeamish.

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Marcell_Murray
Oct 07, 2013

"I am Beowulf!"

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Monolith
Dec 07, 2012

Beowulf: "I am Ripper... Tearer... Slasher... Gouger. I am the Teeth in the Darkness, the Talons in the Night. Mine is Strength... and Lust... and Power! I AM BEOWULF!"

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