Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Will Beowulf be any good?

After the disappointing film adaptation Beowulf and Grendel, a proper movie version of the Oldest Longest Poem Ever, directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avery no less, sounded pretty sweet. But, as much as I'd like to be 100% on board, trailers don't get me there.
Cons:
This mo-cap thing isn't perfected yet
The digital motion capture process, which works so well for Gollums and King Kongs, still isn't entirely convincing with human characters...and, y'know, that's what we'll mostly be watching for 2 hours (although it must be said that they've clearly come a long way from Polar Express)

Story's been messed with
I get the whole "It's been retold in different ways for centuries; we're just retelling it again" angle, but why tinker with the classic story? I'd be willing to let the reinterpretation of Grendel's mother as a slinky seductress slide if they weren't marketing the whole movie around something that's not even a part of the poem

Can it really work?
There's a reason adaptations of the poem haven't been done much, and the trying-to-go-after-key-demographics journey to the big screen can sometime leave big projects like this a little muddled or uneven...will the idea be better than the realization?

Pros:
Really cool-looking
There are worse things than movies with an exciting, distinct style - even if it's a style that trumps heart or intelligence

In 3D
Anything in Imax already looks great, let alone Imax 3D

Certain to be action-packed
With epic battles, monsters, yelling, and other things that fill the holiday Lord of the Rings void which still lingers

Um...did I mention it looks cool?

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