Beowulf

Beowulf

Beowulf

Robert Zemeckis uses the performance capture animation he developed on Polar Express to animate the epic, English poem Beowulf. The legendary warrior Beowulf arrives in a Danish town to rid it of the horrible beasty Grendel. Co-writer, best selling novelist Neil Gaiman, describes the film as a "cheerfully violent and a strange take on the Beowulf legend".

It's got a hell of a cast - Ray Winstone is big B, Jolie is Grendel's Mother, Hopkins is King Hrothgar, Penn is his Queen, and Cristin Glover is Grendel.

2007Rating: M, Violence & Sexual References114 minsUSA
AdventureAnimatedFantasy
Director:
Robert Zemeckis ('Back To The Future', 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?', 'Forrest Gump', 'Cast Away', 'The Polar Express')
Writer:
Neil GaimanRoger Avary
Cast:
Angelina JolieRay WinstoneBrendan GleesonCrispin GloverAnthony HopkinsRobin Wright PennJohn Malkovich
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Reviews & comments

Total Film

Total Film

press

Some leavening humour might have helped dispel the portentous, gloomy tone and energise the boring scenes of exposition that fill the yawning chasms between action set-pieces. You exit mildly diverted by the story and admiring the technique; if this is the future of film, though, we'll stick with the past...

3.0
0
Newshub

Newshub

press

The technology really is very cool, and the freedom that comes with animation makes for a few great visual moments.

Pity that freedom didn't bring life to the unremarkable and pedestrian story, and its poorly scripted and delivered dialogue...

2.0
0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

Certainly, modern interpretations should add their own spin to an ancient tale, but in the hands of director Robert Zemeckis, Beowulf becomes... silly...

2.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It’s not a reinvention of the wheel, but in 3D this is an astonishing experience that borders on ‘must-see’, and raises the bar for what James Cameron is planning with Avatar. And you’ll be glad to know that the creepy dead eyes thing has been fixed...

4.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

This is fast, furious and about as silly as a bum full of smarties. Its quite possible that the poems original authors would approve...

3.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Apparently the animated movie improves with the addition of 3D, but in 2D, the original monster-killing yarn, full of swords, sorcery and the super-natural, has been rendered simultaneously impressive and dull. Beowulf aspires to follow in the footsteps of both 300 and Lord of the Rings but falls short of both. It's an average movie wrapped up in pretty technology...

3.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

Ground-breaking and technologically exciting it may be, but while Beowulf might be significant in the history of moving pictures, it is not a picture that will move you...

3.0
0

did anyone else notice that?

3.0
0

Had higher expectations from this movie and was a tad dissapointed.It was cool to see the 3D effects however. Big screen movie for the masses

3.0
0

After some confusion last night went to Sylvia Park and saw BEOWULF in 3D. Half of us went there and half to the competition at Queen St (since we hadn't twigged there were two 3Ds going on). We've since discussed as a group today. Hoyts movie was OK, 3D effects were amazing, but it's in a pokey little cinema and they didn't even use the full screen! Since...

4.0
0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Some leavening humour might have helped dispel the portentous, gloomy tone and energise the boring scenes of exposition that fill the yawning chasms between action set-pieces. You exit mildly diverted by the story and admiring the technique; if this is the future of film, though, we'll stick with the past...

3.0
0
Newshub

Newshub

press

The technology really is very cool, and the freedom that comes with animation makes for a few great visual moments.

Pity that freedom didn't bring life to the unremarkable and pedestrian story, and its poorly scripted and delivered dialogue...

2.0
0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

Certainly, modern interpretations should add their own spin to an ancient tale, but in the hands of director Robert Zemeckis, Beowulf becomes... silly...

2.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It’s not a reinvention of the wheel, but in 3D this is an astonishing experience that borders on ‘must-see’, and raises the bar for what James Cameron is planning with Avatar. And you’ll be glad to know that the creepy dead eyes thing has been fixed...

4.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

This is fast, furious and about as silly as a bum full of smarties. Its quite possible that the poems original authors would approve...

3.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Apparently the animated movie improves with the addition of 3D, but in 2D, the original monster-killing yarn, full of swords, sorcery and the super-natural, has been rendered simultaneously impressive and dull. Beowulf aspires to follow in the footsteps of both 300 and Lord of the Rings but falls short of both. It's an average movie wrapped up in pretty technology...

3.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

Ground-breaking and technologically exciting it may be, but while Beowulf might be significant in the history of moving pictures, it is not a picture that will move you...

3.0
0

did anyone else notice that?

3.0
0

Had higher expectations from this movie and was a tad dissapointed.It was cool to see the 3D effects however. Big screen movie for the masses

3.0
0

After some confusion last night went to Sylvia Park and saw BEOWULF in 3D. Half of us went there and half to the competition at Queen St (since we hadn't twigged there were two 3Ds going on). We've since discussed as a group today. Hoyts movie was OK, 3D effects were amazing, but it's in a pokey little cinema and they didn't even use the full screen!...

4.0
0