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First Look: Beowulf

Speaking of Comic-Con, apparently there was a screening of 20-minutes from Robert Zemeckis' computer-generated version of the epic tale Beowulf, starring Angelina Jolie and Anthony Hopkins, among others. MTV's movie blogger was there, and reported this:

"This is the oldest story in the English language," [Neil] Gaiman told the crowd of press and VIPs. "And it’s told with the most modern technology available," [Roger] Avary finished.

After a few hundred people strapped on their 3-D glasses, the verdict was in. While scenes featuring Anthony Hopkins and a near-nude Angelina Jolie are astonishingly photo real, the fantasy epic still occasionally suffers the "Dead Eyes" look of Robert Zemeckis’ Polar Express.

The flick, which costs $1 million per minute, is aiming for a PG-13 take on the tale we were all forced to read in high school. "That was my reason for doing this," grinned Avary. "I wanted to make it easier or future generations."

Well, for us poor hacks slaving away at work instead of chatting up Neil Gaiman at Comic-Con, at least we can check out the trailer for Beowulf, which hits theaters November 16. As was sometimes the case with Zemeckis' Polar Express, I find it eerie to see well-known actors portrayed in not-quite-reality, but I'm still supremely excited to see this movie in 3-D. To see the CG-tastic trailer,


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Estelle07 Estelle07 9 years
If it's done well, it could be amazing. The trailer looks pretty good, but don't they all?
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i love angelina with long braided hair! Also love robin wright penn. this looks really thrilling!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
in my honors brit lit class my senior year of highschool we only read a part of beowulf. bo-ring.
figurine figurine 9 years
Haha, Angelina and her accents. :D She's got a great voice, though, and of course I'll be seeing this movie.
dixierain68 dixierain68 9 years
I loved reading it in school. I personally can't wait to see the movie. I might have to watch it on DVD if it's long, but it will definitely be better on the big screen.
rouma rouma 9 years
i really can't wait until this comes out. i wish i would have been at comic-con this year. i am going to be there opening day no matter what.
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
Can't wait to see this (when it comes out on DVD - I almost never go to the theater.) I love who's in it and the story!
misslarue misslarue 9 years
i love angelina, but will probably wait for dvd.
andreadeann andreadeann 9 years
it looks pretty good, i hope it's not long. At least we know that won't be a sequel.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
I want to see it, I loved reading Beowulf. But, thats me. Are children even required to read anything anymore?
jianna jianna 9 years
I was more into the idea of this movie before I saw the preview. All-CG Almost-Real people just... completely give me the willies.
death-of-marat death-of-marat 9 years
lame lame lame. beowulf is not meant to be dumbed down, im sorry "made easier" and prettied up. its a dirty and bloody and i like it that way!
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Linda McP - I wondered about that too. How many people who automatically recognize the story or even want to see a movie based on it, no matter how interesting the effects? I probably will eventually, but I'm an English major - required reading!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
If this movie helps younger audiences appreciate the epic story of Beowulf, then I'm all for it, but I worry a little that this group won't be all that attracted to a "textbook" story. Maybe all the English teachers can unite and lead their students on a field trip to see the film!
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
Thanks for the update Buzz, I'll see if I'm still interested then. I didn't enjoy The Polar Express that's why I'm a bit hesitant on this one. Until then I seriously can not wait for I Am Legend and The Golden Compass!!! The only time I'm excited for winter to come is when they have excellent movies coming out and plus Christmas cookies. aurora, in my case it was
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
Hey pinkflats — I Am Legend and The Golden Compass both come out in December, but Beowulf will be out November 16, so you should be good to go. :)
aurora420 aurora420 9 years
hopefully no cliff notes will be needed in order to watch the movie
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
hmmm...angie looks hot here and voluptious. unfortunately it's CG not real life. I wonder if Beawulf will be competiting with the Golden Compass or Will Smith's I Am Legend in the winter, because it is I'm definitely going to catch the latter two instead of Beawulf.
pinkdragonfly pinkdragonfly 9 years
Love Beowulf! :)
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
WHOA! That looks likea video game or something! I'm excited to see it, looks rad!! I love Angelina!! And Anthony Hopkins!!! Can't wait!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
Okay does Angelina Jolie's boob need to be accentuated that much? And what is with this? Not what I pictured. It looks like she's doing another Lara Croft or something.
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