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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando


Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

ray-before-and-after.jpg Ray Winstone in Sexy Beast (20th Century Fox) and as Beowulf (Paramount)

When Robert Zemeckis' Beowulf (opening November 16 throughout San Diego) arrives in theaters it will be available in three visual formats: a standard two-dimensional computer animation; a 3-D theatrical print; and in IMAX 3-D (at Edwards Mira Mesa Cinemas). The motion capture technology used to create this state-of-the-art digital animation has both fans and detractors but one person who's not complaining (and who has visually benefited the most) is actor Ray Winstone who plays the title role of Beowulf.

You may remember Winstone as the retired crook in Sexy Beast ; or the brutal soldier trying to bring law to the Australian outback in The Proposition ; or Jack Nicholson's sidekick in The Departed . But when you see him in Beowulf you may not recognize him. Thats because the 50-year-old, five foot ten and self-described plump actor appears as a six foot six, perfectly sculpted blonde Adonis in Beowulf . Think of a twenty-something Sean Bean on steroids. But anyone familiar with Winstone's work will recognize the voice and maybe even a bit of his swagger in his computer generated alter ego.

November 18, 2007 at 12:03 AM
ive couldnt have said it better myself -----

November 20, 2007 at 08:56 PM
has anyone heard about giving out a free screening to see beowulf?

December 03, 2007 at 05:30 PM
I think you're missing the point on the Christianity being presented. I thought it was well done, especially the quote Beowulfs son laid down before torching Unferth (the Christian's) family "The Sins Of The Father.." Solid work indeed. Beowulf's quote about the Christ-God killed our heroes - I thought - was a direct reference to the sin that Beowulf committed (With Grendel's mother) and further the disgust he felt as his army was slaughtering the weak people they were conquering. I thought it was brilliant how Zemeckis presented Grendel's mother - as she was the temptation of every man. Not just looks, but power, money and legend. Who wouldn't fall for that! It was a sin that even might Beowulf fell to - and it was important to let a character like her live on because she still exists today.

Thomas Westgard
December 04, 2007 at 02:25 PM
Yeah, this movie was filled with pointless distractions. I hated it.

nicola king
December 06, 2007 at 12:34 PM
i saw this film last night with my boyfriend and i must admit i did'nt really want to go as i thought it would'nt be my cup of tea but i have to say i thought it was brilliant. it was action packed all the way through, kept you interested, beowulf was gorgeous to look at (and yes i did try to see behind obstacles strategically placed in front of beowulfs manhood to have a good look but the obstacles stayed there!) The graphics were really good and it seemed at some parts of the film that weapons were actually going to hit you and i dodged and ducked down a few times. i would recommend this film to anyone. i loved it.

willliam mallatratt
December 06, 2007 at 12:37 PM
this film was wicked man! i usually just watch love films and soppy's that make me cry and soaps but this was the dogs b*******s