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Animation - Adult, Fantasy - Sourcery, Horror - Monsters

Beowulf (2007)

Duration 1h 55m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story Loosely based on the epic English poem.
Writers/Script Neil Gaiman, Roger Avery
Additional Info The poem itself hangs over English students like a threatening cloud, since it is written in Old English, but at some point they have to study it. The original manuscript, now in the British Library, is dated between 975 and 1010 AD.
Director Robert Zemeckis
Starring Robin Wright, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Crispin Glover, Ray Winstone, Brendan Gleeson, Angelina Jolie, Alison Lohman
Elevator Pitch A hero, Beowulf, arrives a the court of the Danish king in order to slay the monster Grendel who regularly lays waste to the population, particularly those feasting in the king’s great hall. He succeeds in his task, but is then faced with the need to dispose of Grendel’s mother who has taken revenge on the king’s entourage, killing them all. When he succeeds in his mission the old king names him as his heir, but after many years things may not be as they had at first seemed.
Content The king and his warriors feast, Grendel, a sort of troll like figure attacks, a naked Beowulf fights the troll and goes on to confront the naked Grendel mother who may be some sort of a shape shifter. Beowulf and his aides grow old, and then he has to fight a dragon. So you can see that there is nudity, the hero’s rude bits being hidden in a way often used in comedy and Grendel’s mother’s by a sort of gold coating. No sex, but she caresses the tip of Beowulf’s sword suggestively.
A View I kept wondering what I was reminded of as this oeuvre played out, and it was computer games, the animation being very similar, and the characters speaking quite slowly. I have no doubt that some will be attracted by the nakedness of AJ, but apparently it was not her. Looks low budget, but cost a fortune and probably did not quite give the investors a return. It is an interesting step in motion capture, and for that reason may be a watch for film buffs.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels



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