Went and saw Beowulf last night in digital 3D... amazing graphics
My wife wanted to see Beowulf when it came out, so I took her on a date last night to see it in the digital 3-D version. While I'm not a huge fan of that time period/genre, I will say that I enjoyed the story more than I thought I would. In addition, I was blown away by the animation and graphics... And it had nothing to do with the "naked" Angelina Jolie. :)
It struck me that this level of detail in computer-generated/motion-capture movies is a leap along the lines of what Pixar did with their releases. The realism was stunning, and there were only a few moments when the animation seemed to lack the "real life" quality. Adding in the digital 3-D aspect, it was hard *not* to become immersed in the story and events. There were also some very humorous scenes, such as when Beowulf strips down to bare skin to battle Grendel. Every potential frontal nudity shot had a strategically placed arm, leg, beam, or something else. It actually reminded me of those types of scenes in the Austin Powers movies. :)
If you're wondering how true they were to the actual story, I couldn't tell you. As I said, I'm not into that time period, and I haven't read the story (yes, there *are* things I haven't read). But from the perspective of someone who was just looking for a couple of hours of entertainment, Beowulf was very good. And if you're a geek when it comes to computer animation in movies, it's a must-see.