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Beowulf (2007)

 

 
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I am Beowulf! You’ve probably heard, read or seen the story of history’s first superman “Beowulf” at one time or the other. My memory is a shaded one and it stems from an English class in high school where we read the poem passed down from the bards of Danish/Swedish lore. The Adaptation: Beowulf, the […]

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beowulfI am Beowulf!

You’ve probably heard, read or seen the story of history’s first superman “Beowulf” at one time or the other. My memory is a shaded one and it stems from an English class in high school where we read the poem passed down from the bards of Danish/Swedish lore.

The Adaptation: Beowulf, the man who through strength and smarts, slew three major enemies in the original poem: Grendel, The Mother of Grendel and a Dragon. Driving his legend throughout his life, Beowulf dies with honor after slaying the Dragon, from mortal wounds recieved in the battle. My feelings as a youth reading this poem was one of reserved admiration. Beowulf was the embodiment of the warrior’s spirit to look death in the face and stand up to him as a man. That and the only true death being one that comes from battle.

The movie adapts the story beautifully and adds a twist of humanity that seems very relevant for a story such as this. The all powerful alpha male character, immortal in his strength and bravery placed against the intelligent, beautiful and extremely sexual female… who do you think wins in a face-off such as this? Now replace the female’s presence with the perfectly sculpted features of an Angelina Jolie, and all male audience members like myself will understand the position Beowulf is in. If anything, the writing was well done in adapting a short story into an hour and thirty minutes of action packed humanity. It felt like a story about our male spirit, moreso than an old bard-song passed down throughout the ages.

The CGI was great, but still not perfect. The night scenes that involved the humans looked a bit plastic and video game-like but the day scenes… oh my! The scenes that had light were awesome, CGI has come a long way since Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. The emotions looked oh so real and the features of every character made you lose the sense of watching an animation and more like watching an epic movie. The soft edges of real characters against real backgrounds was not established but the villains were mighty and the human element was very much there. From the CGI we felt lust, longing, sadness, anger, guilt and lust… wait I said that already, but even in CGI Angelina is blazing. There was alot of nudity in this film… ladies no worries you get as much cheek shots as we do in this one.

Closing

All in all, I love the way the story was handled, the music was not memorable but appropriate for the most part, and Anthony Hopkins stole the show as usual with his excellent voice acting. The cinematography wasn’t that much to be honest, since the movie had only three locales: The meadhouse, the cave, and the sea. The supporting women could have used some work in the detail department, when only Queen Wealthow (Robin Wright Penn), Ursula (Alison Lohman) and Grendel’s mother (Angelina Jolie) seemed convincing, I cannot say that this ruined anything for me however.

I want more movies like this, I love CGI and I want it to get to the point where we just cannot tell the difference. It is coming and I cannot wait, though many stunt people will be out of work… sorry Zoe Bell, you can come stay with me though hon. Beowulf did not wow me, or made me wish it had another hour, but it did not disappoint me either.

I will be purchasing the DVD for my collection. Till Ragnarok!!

 

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Greg Dragon

 
Cinephile and opinion writer, Greg Dragon has been a fan of movies since the 80's when Kung Fu theater was all the rage and Roger Moore was James Bond. Greg is the founder and lead critic of Spicy Movie Dogs. You can follow him on Twitter @Rafacus or on his Google+ account.