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Beowulf Reviews

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November 21, 2015
Fine entertainment for those who love blood and guts.
November 11, 2015
Unfortunately, the CG characters were not quite realistic enough, and looked like zombies. I spent too much time noticing how creepy they all looked. But even if they characters were human, the movie was too predictable and uninteresting.
½ October 13, 2015
Even though the stunning motion capture animation gladly bring visualization to the Old English poem, the only faithfulness this adaptation manage to do is the spirit and bringing in few of the brought-up interpretations on the writing to the film. It's one of those adaptations from literature that went to the filmic approach than staying to the text, especially ignoring most of the poem's theme and nature as the portrayal is flawed. (B)

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½ October 12, 2015
This is one of those movies I could watch over and over and over again.
August 24, 2015
While the animation is undeniably excellent, it still contains that uncomfortable quality that renders the human figures awkward and plastic-looking, and the overuse of showy, swooping aerial shots coupled with a dull script do little to compensate for these visual shortcomings.
½ August 21, 2015
Shockingly boring film. Didn't realise the film was cartoon like to start with. Ray winstones voice does not fit in with the film at all. The plot is highly confusing. The start of the film is boring. There doesn't seem to actually be any plot, it's just not flowing or really has any sense of direction.
August 18, 2015
Highly realistic visuals but a somewhat uninteresting plot.
½ August 11, 2015
Story was dull, not a single character interested me and the animation was unconvincing so the fight scenes, the only possible redeeming quality had zero impact on me as their outcome meant nothing to me. Plus the choice Beowulf makes after the first act and everything that comes after it makes no sense at all to me. Not to mention Angelina Jolie character is one step up from a cameo and not the villain at all. Not as terrible a film as I thought it might be but certainly nothing to remember about it at all.
July 26, 2015
I enjoyed this movie. It was better than I expected. The animation looks realistic and sharp. The story, which is the meat of the film, is compelling and deeper than just a typical action/adventure movie.
½ July 21, 2015
Beowulf is a mixed bag, for every good thing theres a bland one. The voice acting and soundtrack are amazing, but the visuals on the character models look and feel stiff and give off little emition. The "Epic" story of Beowulf is told as mostly a lie, but has that what goes around comes back around lesson to it that I think people appreciate to look past the movies flaws. Maybe in the right hands we can see the Epic story of the king of the monster slayers as told to us in the poems, but not in this adaption.
June 20, 2015
The animation serves to tell the legend of Beowulf.
June 15, 2015
Dazzling special affects brings this movie full circle
June 10, 2015
It has questionable animation, but it's a great adaptation to the book with some really cool action sequences. (A-)
June 3, 2015
Oh boy. Do yourself a favor and go get the Rifftrax version. Otherwise, this is a creepily computer animated train wreck. Moderately fun to watch at times. But seriously... Get the Rifftrax.
May 16, 2015
This was a pretty damn good movie filled with action, as well as stunning animation. The only reason I'm not giving this a full five stars is that this film ripped off many cinematic elements of 300.
½ April 15, 2015
Very interesting screenplay, but some real problems with casting and an absolutely unwatchable, dive into the uncanny valley.
½ April 8, 2015
Although the decision to fully animate the characters helps them blend in with the digital environment it doesn't do the movie great favours in its aging process. Put that and some anatomical silliness aside however and you will find Beowulf to be an expressively poetic thrill ride.
April 1, 2015
It liked the movie, but Grendel was just painful to look at, it hurt my soul to see something so ugly, the movie picked up from this horror in the second half, and I came out pretty satisfied.
½ March 23, 2015
If the Norse fantasy, filled with drink, women and demons enchants you, why wouldnt it, then Beowulf may just be worth you time and money. This simple story propels itself with its outlandish action sequences and mythology, that it is quite easy to be whisked away by its charms, much like the films antagonist. In the time of yesteryear when kings ruled the land, monsters and demons plagued the forests and the seas and warrior were rife, King Hrothgar and his kingdom are troubled by Grendel, a violent and gruesome beast that doesnt take kindly to the tunes and soul from the kingdom, decimating all in its path. After one atrocious attack, The King sends a message to all warriors, any man who can kill the Grendel shall receive an almighty treasure. It doesnt take long before Beowulf and his men show up to aid The King, defeating the Grendel and saving the land, however Grendel is the least of Beowulf's worries when his demon mother finds out and strings Beowulf's men up, leaving him no choice but to encounter her. Simple yet effective, the film has a tonne of subtext which is wonderfully woven throughout by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avery's script. The dialogue is hearty and carries a weight to it, the script also knows however when to allow visuals to do the work, and for this Beowul exceeds many an animated film, it doesnt need to spell everything out, even if its easy to get lost in mythology and rather difficult to pronounce names. The cast is super brilliant, Ray Winestone is marvelous as Beowulf, thundering out lines like a warrior, yet managing to emote with a secret and insecure side. Anthony Hopkins does a marvelous job as the king, Hopkins is always magical and here he does what weve come to expect from him, however there are at points time when his dialogue is extremely hard to follow, due to the nature of his hybrid scottish/welch accent. Brendan Gleeson is marvelous and subtle as Beowulf's right hand man, John Malkovich is sinister and marvelous as the cowardly kings aid and Crispin Glover smacks the weird out the park as the Grendel himself. This isnt just a film for the men however as female talent in the form of Angelina Jolie as the seductive demon, Robin Wright as the Queen and Alison Lohman all turn in equally powerful and contrasting roles, adding an even bigger weight to the men's escapeds. The women give the piece a sense of vunerability and hope, it really is testament to great casting and terrific writing. Robert Zemekis also must get a pat on the back for executing such a visually stunning, if not slightly dated CGI adventure, that flings and slides the "camera" into places you need to be. Rather than stick to conventional animation, here Zemekis mixes mo-cap with CGI, giving the whole feel and look a living and breathing element to it. Scenes are made more nail biting with slow tracking shots towards characters as we allow the facial work to emote exactly what is going on and make no mistake about it, this is a pretty dark and disturbing piece. The music steals the show however, for all the good work done visually, the audio is of such a high caliber its impossible not to get goosebumps on the back of your neck, with loud drums, pounding bass and atmospheric strings, it gives a serious sense of scale to the entire thing. For all its wonderment and boldness, the film does lack in a few departments. As mentioned earlier the animation is stunning, even now, however in places it seems mismatched, for example Angelina Jolie's face seems to come across as the most photo realistic out of all, its okay when compared with Winstones gruff exterior but with Grendel and some of the other female models, it really stands out to have had a lot more work done, it feels slightly inconsistent at times, luckily her face is not seen for a massive portion of the film. Her inclusion although essential is also not explained very well, she doesnt have a name, that i heard, were never quite sure what or where she came from, nor what she really is. Why does she have such problems? It's hinted at from time to time but never set in stone. Also the movie time hops a huge chunk of timeline and although it does a grand enough job of holding Beowulfs character arc in the foreground other characters get lost in the shadows. Malkovich, Wright and Lohman all just seem like something huge has went on, however we the viewer were not and never will be privy to that information, its a minor gripe as your imagination can surely fill in the blanks, i for one would have loved to have maybe had some more chunkier support exposition. Also sometimes characters reasoning's can become questionable or even hint at some foreboding subtext that never comes to fruitation, watching this film, i cannot help but feel that there was a much larger film in here somewhere. Despite these niggles, Beowulf is enjoyable, wonderfully epic and full of adventure, it might not make a whole lot of sense for those unaware of the source material and it can some times leave you feeling a bit lost as to character motivations, the animation, execution and acting are all done to a caliber that is hard to dislike.
½ March 4, 2015
Unlike most the motion capture movies, Beowulf's animation is much more impressive and realistic. Bringing a sense of wonder and visual splendor to it's old story
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