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23 June 2008 @ 08:39 pm
"I... Am... BEOWULF!"  
Quel and I are watching Beowulf.

We're at the point of Grendel's first attack on the mead-hall.

So far, we have:

  • Rubbery CGI.
  • Off-color "humor", including belching and flatulence.
  • A surly ogre who dislikes noisy neighbors.

When does the talking donkey show up?

Christopher Bradleycpxbrex on June 24th, 2008 04:52 am (UTC)
I watched that movie a couple of days ago. Adrienne's off on a conference, so I often watch movies I might not otherwise bother with when she's gone, and that was on my list.

I could see the good movie trying to get out, but it never actually makes it out, hehe. The combination of the truly hideous CG - ugh, just because you can computer animate something doesn't mean you should - and the (in places) extremely crudity of the dialog ruin whatever point the movie might have been trying to make about the nature of lies and corruption. With a few changes - like, better art direction on the CG trying to make things less "realistic" but better looking (I mean, what's the frakking point of using CG if you're trying to make things look real?! - not to mention how horrible it is when you try to make realism and fall as flat as these guys did), and tightening the dialog - the movie could have been quite good. But they missed good, narrowly, and then the shot sailed deeply into "bad".
Tombfyretombfyre on June 24th, 2008 06:49 am (UTC)
Just wait until the Dragon shows up, then all will be well. ^^()
Araquan Skytraceraraquan on June 24th, 2008 08:58 am (UTC)
I hear she's not in this one, except right at the very end. u.u
Tombfyretombfyre on June 24th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, they saved the eye-candy for last.
pseudo manitoupseudomanitou on June 24th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
You know, the only way I could be enticed to see yet another storyline base on the Beowulf poem is if they had done a story using the actual poem.

It has a lot of undertones that could educate people about what was going on in those middle ages -- that period in particular was a time of migration and an end/death to a lot of cults and tribes...

But no... Hollywood needs CGI tits and explosions.
ebony14 on June 24th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
Up until Beowulf's fight against Grendel, I was okay with everything. The selective shading of naked Beowulf totally destroyed that. When it looked like it might recover, Grendel's mother with built-in stiletto heels killed it completely. The idea behind the story (i.e., Beowulf's lies) was good, I thought, but the execution lacked in a lot of places. I didn't mind the CGI so much, I thought it was a good way to let some talented actors play fantastic characters. It could have been better, but they did a pretty good job of getting the body language of the actors into the animation.
Pakapaka on June 24th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
So basically, what everyone's saying is that if I want to see "Beowulf," I should go watch "Thirteenth Warrior" instead.