Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Beowulf 2007

    This film is based on an English epic poem.  A monstrous troll wreaks the mead hall of the Danish King Hrothgar.  A reward is offered for the killing of the troll Grendel.  Beowulf is a great and boastful warrior and he arrives with his thanes.  He sets aside his amour and awaits Grendel.  There is a fierce battle and Beowulf enters the watery lair of Grendel’s mother.  Beowulf later returns to Herot and he becomes King.  Many years pass and Beowulf is forced to face weakness and be a hero again.
     A lot of items are thrown at the audience, spears, blood, arms, legs, bodies, tables, heads and mead.  Over time, you become used to these activities!!  According to the rating, sequences of violence including disturbing images!!  Yes, many scenes of disturbing images.  You would not want to meet a lot of the characters on any dark night!! 3 1/2* (I liked this movie)

115 min, animated action directed by Robert Zemeckis with Ray Winstone, Crispin Glover, Angelina Jolie, Robin Wright, Anthony Hopkins, Sonje Fortag, Charlotte Salt, Julene Renee, Jonny Rees, Rik Young, Sebastian Roche.

Note:  Imdb 6.2 out of 10, 71% critic 50% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 3*, Amazon 4.0* out of 5* with 609 reviews, Metacritic 59  out of 100 with 35 critic 6.3 out of 10 with 140 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Culver City, California.  Winstone and the other cast members spent days filming in a blue skintight suits for motion capturing.  He complained that the suit shows all the lumps and bumps at the bad places of your body!!  This story is based on the oldest known written story in a language supposedly English.  When Grendel speaks, he is using Old English and it resembles modern Swedish.  Almost 300 cameras were used in filming.  Beowulf is an adaptation of the Anglo-Saxon word for Bear.  Model Rachel Bernstein was a body double for Jolie in some of her scenes.  Release theater prints in some areas were delivered with fake titles such as Epic or Sally to prevent copies?

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