The trailers have been out for awhile now…but I was never interested enough to actually take a look. Movies about medieval warriors or epic battles or the sort, never have interested me much. And Beowulf I understand from some brief reading is based on an a poem about a Nordic warrior Beowulf…written some 1000+ years…and if not mistaken…its more legends and myth than fact.
So finally today…after yet again reading how another one of its trailers has been released….this time an international one…I checked it out. Guess what its CGI!!!! I didn’t know it was animated…all this time I actually thought it was a live action flick (Wouldn’t it have looked cooler)…especially because of the fuss with its red band trailer...
So how did the trailer look? Click away at the link below and see for yourself. At first glance…I guess one could be fooled. You might have thought a real actor was emerging from the waters. But as Beowulf comes fully out of the waters and with more light and as the cameras zoom in a tad closer…we’re able to see the skin, it is a little bit dead and rubbery looking…the face just doesn’t seem to have enough lines and wrinkles and then you realize that none of it is real its all just CGI. Then we’re given a few views of the landscape and some action sequence…right about now…I’m getting the feeling like I’m looking at a video game trailer rather than an actual movie trailer…which I’m sure that’s not what they’re exactly going for right? But hey maybe they’ll make lots of money off the video game which they should be releasing around the same time.
Then finally near the end…we get to see some of the main characters. And guess what else they did…??They actually modelled the characters after the actors who are voicing the characters…that means Grendel’s mother is Angelina Jolie!!! In CGI form of course. Yup. Now I never get this…Why do you model characters exactly like the actors? Why not make a live action movie and use the actors…and have them act like they’re suppose to??? Ok so one of the reasons (I’ve read or heard somewhere) is that it would have been less costly making it CGI because the story has a lot of fantasy, mythical aspect that could be very expensive in live action form…ok…so I get that…then…another question is… why not just slash the costs by hiring other voice talents or actors (for the motion captures)…not these expensive big name actors? Use the money instead to better the CGI...because right now, when you actually have a close up view of the faces…the eyes are pretty lifeless looking.
And maybe you’ve also heard of the little thing about the movie releasing an unrated and red band trailers…the marketing people are really working to get people talking ya?…A supposedly PG-13 movie releasing a red band trailer? What’s the deal with that eh? Or maybe they’re releasing several cuts of the film? Creating some hype? The unrated ones...I’d say they weren’t that bad…they weren’t entirely graphic…given it is CGI after all…There’s a character’s leg being thorn off…the body flung in the air and later impaled by a spear…some blood splatters and of course there a quick scene of Grendel’s(Angelina Jolie) mother in the nude, I have no idea what sort of creature she’s suppose to be…but here…she looks pretty alien looking, with that long braided hair (or was that a tail…and is that heels she’s wearing??)…and again, whats obvious here is that the eyes are dead. Come to think of it even the hair on characters such Robin Wright Penn’s weren’t light enough and didn’t move like…you know real hair…they all clump together.
Hmm I dunno…I still can’t get over the fact that the movie looks too much like a video game rather than an actual movie...especially since the CGI isn’t all that fantastic looking…but hey maybe the story is tight…and with some cool “action sequences” …this could be really good…and with such star power…it’s a pity if it wasn’t.
Comingsoon.net Beowulf trailer page --- Lots of links to the trailers
Opens 22 November 2007