I finally got to see Beowulf, and I’m not really sure what to make of the whole package. It’s based on an old English epic poem, and so is suitably dark and foreboding.
The techniques used in the production of the film are an unusual mixture of live action and computer graphics. I say unusual, as most films are predominantly live action with computer graphics layered on top, whereas Beowulf is computer graphics with live action layered in. The result is slightly unreal, and I couldn’t help feeling that something wasn’t right.
I also read up on the original story, and the screen play differs in a few significant points. I shan’t explain them for fear of spoiling the film, but have a look a the Wikipedia entry and make your own mind up.
Saying that, the film is still worth watching, although I’m surprised it was only a 12A!! There is much gore and sexual references!