Monday, December 31, 2007

Beowulf Rocks

Just back from viewing Robert Zemeckis's Beowulf in 3D. I enjoyed it tremendously. A rollicking good time for the sword & sorcery enthusiast. In case you haven't seen the previews this is the fully computer generated film with motion capture performances by Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, and Angelina Jolie. The action is pretty much non stop in this one, with lots of fights and monsters and the kinds of stuff that I go to movies for. It is a bit on the violent side and the monsters are pretty scary, so parents should probably be aware that this isn't a kids cartoon. It even stays fairly close to the original legend.
The 3D effects are very impressive so try and catch this one in the 3D version. You get to wear nifty glasses and everything. Arrows come flying at you, and it seems that at any moment a dragon may drop into your lap. (I was hoping Angelina might pop out, but no go.)
On an odd note, Brenden Gleeson, who plays Beowulf's right hand man Wiglaf, looks amazingly like photos I've seen of the late fantasy author Karl Edward Wagner, red hair, beard and all.

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