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 Post subject: Beowulf (in 3D) is a pretty good movie...
PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 2:39 am 
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Certainly not for everyone. What it does it does very well. Set around the 6th century, it is a dark movie focusing on battling mythical monsters, beasts, and dragons. The dragon was the finest dragon that I have seen. The Angelina Jolie beast was the most beautiful beast I have seen. I think she could have seduced me as well. Since she could dissolve a great sword by touching it and was impervious to it as well....what was the point of battling her anyway?

Plenty of eye candy for all sexes. Plenty of action for the men. Plenty of romance for the women. I was very well satisfied with the time and money spent. I'd rate it amongst the more memorable movies.

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Well, at first blush, it seemed to minimize the book into something less literary on screen.

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There was a Canadian/UK/Iceland version called Beowolf and Grendel that stuck to keeping the actors human. Great version. Less glitz and glamour- great story!

http://www.beowulfandgrendel.com/

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"It's good, bloody fun that stirs the intellect whenever it feels like it, and as a swashbuckler, the dead-game Butler outswings just about anyone in Troy or Kingdom of Heaven or Tristan & Isolde. Those overblown historical epics played just as loosely with history as this one does, but they didn't boast a third of its bawdy, sly humor." says Bill Gallo in The Village Voice

Read the full VILLAGE VOICE review

So they took artistic license with history to its extremes as well! Oh well at least it has some humor.

I was surprised that they made another version of it so quickly, but whatever makes money is the motto. Hope they do one of the Epic of Gilgamesh!

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Channel Zero wrote:
Well, at first blush, it seemed to minimize the book into something less literary on screen.


I see reports like that quite often. Let me see. Average reading speed of maybe 400 words/minute. Average book takes maybe 8 hours to read. That would be 192,000 words. Very, very rough guesses here.

Are we ready for movies with 192,000 words? That would take 2-3 days to view?

I read books for education and entertainment. Movies are for entertainment. I've beem disappointed in every single movie I have ever seen if I read the book first. Reason? They have to leave out 90% of the material.

I just don't think it is fair to compare a movie to the book.

I'll be even more direct here. I decided to see the movie after viewing Jolies profile in the advertisment. I knew I would enjoy at least a small of the movie. Which is more than I can for some. Speaking of which....I just tortured myself through Saturday Night Fever. Utter garbage. That movie may have killed disco?

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Exactly.

The movie sounds like the express "Readers Digest" of the book.

The movie has probably whittled down the complexity of the book to its primal instincts.

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