Beowulf
PG-13
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: -2

Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn, Brendan Gleeson, Crispin Glover, Alison Lohman, Angelina Jolie. Written by Neil Gaiman & Roger Avary. Directed by Robert Zemeckis.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Robert Zemeckis offers a 14-year-old-boys alluring vision of the legendary saga of the mighty warrior Beowulf, who battles the demon Grendel and incurs the hellish wrath of the beasts ruthlessly seductive mother.

PREVIEW REVIEW: To look at, this rendition is awesome, if youll allow me the use that now corrupted word. Much of this awesomeness is due to the 3D trickery (do not see this film without the 3D effect). As with The Polar Express, a process known as performance capture has been used to excite our senses. Its not live action, its not animation, its a hybrid visual technique done because, well, because they can. Like a camera in a cell phone or an ipod capable of recording every song known to ASCAP theres really no legitimate reason for performance capture, but they can do it. Its like, cool. The look is the cinemas equivalent to the comic book.

The film has been sexed up, what with a seemingly nude Angelina Jolie prancing around as a fetching demon, complete with stiletto heels. And the special effects-driven dragon will entertain those who live for CG magic. But will this updated fable satisfy those who actually read the tome while in high school? Well, literary appreciators are not the intended audience. The story is condensed and refocused, but it does deal with the sins of pride and giving in to temptation. Somewhat. The legendary poem has as much to do with mans destiny and his foibles as with his conquests. But here mans nature takes a backseat to the action and special effects. What will no doubt draw repeat business is the hypnotic visual conception. It is a production where backgrounds become potent characters, the look of the film doing as much to propel the story as the dialogue or performances. Actually, more.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Warner Bros.

Summary
Crude Language: Several crude sexual references.
Obscene Language: Several minor expletives, but I caught no harsh obscenity.
Profanity: I caught none. Christ is referred to, but not in a mocking or disparaging manner. They merely refer to the new religion called Christianity.
Violence: Comic book in nature, but yes, theres a lot of violence, including a huge skinless creature who rips people to shreds or bites off their heads (nice crunching sounds); several battles. Blood: Lots of blood, but it doesnt look real.
Sexual Intercourse: It is implied that Beowulf has had sex with the demons mother; after he becomes king, he gains a mistress along with his queen; theres a great deal of womanizing by a drunken bunch of warriors; this is more implied than shown.
Nudity: It looks like animation more than real life, but we see several nude shots of a nude woman; male nudity from the backside; Beowulf battles the beast while stripped of all clothing.
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: there are several sexual conversations and humors remarks concerning sexual matters.
Drug Abuse: Hey, warriors drink lots of mead before and after fighting dragons.
Other: None
Running Time: 113 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and Adults

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