Of course, my biggest problem is with the creepy-looking animation. It wasnít so much a problem with Beowulf himself and the other major characters, but with the extras and minor characters, it was a huge problem. While Beowulf had facial features and detail in his muscles to make him look human, the barmaids and extra soldiers looked like a 2nd grader made them out of clay. The entire opening scene was a good example of this and a poor way to open up the film.
Despite the creepiness, I actually enjoyed the film. It moved along nicely and kept you entertained throughout. Itís a fast paced film with some nice looking visuals and cool special effects. I thoroughly enjoyed the battle sequences even though the humans looked rubber at times. I also enjoyed the characters and thought they did a nice job of giving them motivations and a purpose without slowing down the film.
Robert Zemeckis is a good storyteller and this animation technique is light-years better than what he was using on the POLAR EXPRESS. BEOWULF is an old story, but Zemeckis does a fine job with it and makes it very exciting and fun to watch. If you can make it past the animation, you might actually enjoy yourself.
Beasts of Burden: Designing the Creatures of Beowulf (6:56): This was a quick featurette giving some time to the various creatures in the film. I didnít even realize that Crispin Glover was Grendel. It fits now that I think about it, but I was still surprised. This is also worth watching.
The Origins of Beowulf (5:10): This wasnít as in depth as I had hoped, but it was a brief overview of the story of Beowulf. I was glad that Robert Zemeckis didnít understand the original prose of Beowulf because I didnít either. I donít know much about the original Beowulf and after watching this, I donít feel like I know any more.
Creating the Ultimate Beowulf (1:56): They said that no one captures the vision of Beowulf that Zemeckis envisioned, but I disagree. I think the cartoon version looks and moves a lot like the real life Brad Pitt, but maybe thatís just me. This was pretty much a worthless featurette that barely touched on the casting of Ray Winstone.
Deleted Scenes (10:09): These are a few unfinished scenes. I struggle watching unfinished animated scenes, but these were ok. I donít think the movie lacked because of their absence, but theyíre worth the time if you liked the film.
The Art of Beowulf (5:22): The film looked and felt very impressive and this is a quick featurette detailing the artwork in the film and the time spent on making the film look good. Itís brief, but it was mildly interesting.
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