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Mike H





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PostPosted: Thu 26 Jul, 2007 10:49 am    Post subject: Beowulf         Reply with quote

Well I don't really know what to think of this. The computer animation in this film has the Spielberg inside of me jumping up and down with excitement but then this movie has the historian and scholar inside of me screaming in rage. I want to know what you guys think.
http://www.apple.com/trailers/paramount/beowulf/large.html

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PostPosted: Thu 26 Jul, 2007 11:07 am    Post subject: Re: Beowulf         Reply with quote

Mike H wrote:
Well I don't really know what to think of this. The computer animation in this film has the Spielberg inside of me jumping up and down with excitement but then this movie has the historian and scholar inside of me screaming in rage. I want to know what you guys think.
http://www.apple.com/trailers/paramount/beowulf/large.html


I think I will go for the " Spielberg " and just give up on the historic part at least as far as any details are concerned.
( Or maybe even something even remotely historical ).

Visual spectacle of an unhistorical graphic novel maybe like the 300.

Giving up early means being able to enjoy it for what it is and not it could have been. Wink

In any case we have the low budget Beowulf from a while back for consolation. Razz Laughing Out Loud

Bonus: With this technology there can still be a young Angelina staring in new films years from now when she's in the oldfolks home ! Or, CURSE an unending number of Die Hard, Terminator, Rambo sequels until the end of time. Eek!

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PostPosted: Thu 26 Jul, 2007 11:20 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

So, this would be...301?
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PostPosted: Thu 26 Jul, 2007 11:43 am    Post subject: Re: Beowulf         Reply with quote

Jean Thibodeau wrote:

Bonus: With this technology there can still be a young Angelina staring in new films years from now when she's in the oldfolks home ! Or, CURSE an unending number of Die Hard, Terminator, Rambo sequels until the end of time. Eek!


And more Rocky sequels...oh wait, they already did that...

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PostPosted: Thu 26 Jul, 2007 11:51 am    Post subject: Re: Beowulf         Reply with quote

Greg Coffman wrote:


And more Rocky sequels...oh wait, they already did that...


Though Rocky has more to do with good makeup and filming (to avoid showing how slow he actually is...); though the digital department will soon have their work cut out to get rid of the Zimmerframe.
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PostPosted: Thu 26 Jul, 2007 12:12 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I watched that trailer twice... and I must say its a little difficult to see the connection to the original story.

At least it will inspire more people to read the original.
Thats really the most positive thing I can say after seeing the preview.
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PostPosted: Thu 26 Jul, 2007 12:49 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's kinda what I was thinking also. Not sure why they don't make a movie closely based on the story. It would make a great movie.

Dan P wrote:
I watched that trailer twice... and I must say its a little difficult to see the connection to the original story.

At least it will inspire more people to read the original.
Thats really the most positive thing I can say after seeing the preview.

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PostPosted: Thu 26 Jul, 2007 12:52 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I have to admit I'm a tad disappointed, why do they all look vaguely Graeco-Roman? It seems Hollywood has had a severe imagination failure.

I was hoping to see weapons and armour based on the Vendel/Valsgärde and Sutton Hoo finds. Sad
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PostPosted: Thu 26 Jul, 2007 1:17 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ah, it's all the same "Days of Yore" (TM) costume department...

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PostPosted: Thu 26 Jul, 2007 1:51 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hisham Gaballa wrote:
I have to admit I'm a tad disappointed, why do they all look vaguely Graeco-Roman? It seems Hollywood has had a severe imagination failure.

I was hoping to see weapons and armour based on the Vendel/Valsgärde and Sutton Hoo finds. Sad

WTF?! I have give up the hope for that, anyway! they use a cool technic for that movie Happy
Divx trailer for they w/o QT Cool

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PostPosted: Thu 26 Jul, 2007 2:41 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

it sortof reminds me of conan the barbarian
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PostPosted: Thu 26 Jul, 2007 11:16 pm    Post subject: fun movie1         Reply with quote

i thinkk'll itll be a fun movie.......cuz it has nothing else going for it = )
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PostPosted: Fri 27 Jul, 2007 1:37 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Great........... Just great.............................. This is what, the third or fourth version of Beowulf on film that they have butchered and ruined??????? Its beyond sad that such beautiful true ancient poetry that is perfect as is, has to get into the hands of idiots and ruined.........
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PostPosted: Fri 27 Jul, 2007 5:22 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

David D wrote:
Great........... Just great.............................. This is what, the third or fourth version of Beowulf on film that they have butchered and ruined??????? Its beyond sad that such beautiful true ancient poetry that is perfect as is, has to get into the hands of idiots and ruined.........


What really boggles my mind is that while it has some historical elements, Beowulf is already a Fantasy story: So why do film makers see any need to adulterate the story at all?

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PostPosted: Fri 27 Jul, 2007 6:22 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Beyond what Korey said about changing the story what kills me is CGI does not have the limitations real life does in getting armor and costumes for the actors; why do the armor so wrong?

Sad part is that this movie is why Beowulf and Grendal did not get a national release last year. WTF?!

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PostPosted: Fri 27 Jul, 2007 6:33 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I really liked the other Beowulf movie with (coincidentally?) Gerard Butler.

http://www.beowulfandgrendel.com/

but this new one makes the 300 look like masterpiece theater

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PostPosted: Fri 27 Jul, 2007 6:37 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

What is that accent Angelina is using? Is she supposed to be hungarian or something?
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PostPosted: Fri 27 Jul, 2007 7:46 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Mike,
I think that this should do for Beowulf what that last film did for Arthur, which is to confuse a whole new generation about the original legends, except for those who still take time to read... but thanks to those happy few, the real stuff will live on where the hollywood crap will just make another layer in some land fill site .

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PostPosted: Fri 27 Jul, 2007 8:14 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Maybe the problem is that the "moral" or "lesson" from the original Beowulf (as I read it, that its good to be strong, brave, honest, and generous) is too simplistic for a modern audience that wants things like self-doubt, romance, temptation, flaws that make heroes seem more human, and the rest of that stuff.
In between the scenes of big dudes ripping the arms off monsters.
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PostPosted: Fri 27 Jul, 2007 8:20 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

From what I can tell from that trailer it looks like Beowulf has an affair with Grendel's mother possibly fathering Grendel....Just a slight deviation from the original Wink
And yet I'm such a geek I'll still probably go see it....

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