Beowulf

December 5, 2007

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A little while ago I had the unfortunate opportunity to see the movie Beowulf after I was given free passes to it. Beowulf is the animated film adaptation of the Old English epic poem of the same name. This film was created through motion capture, which is a technique similar to the one used in The Polar Express. All of the actors look like their characters; however, it is clear that they are animated.  The movie stars such actors as Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone, John Malkovich, and Crispin Glover. Rober Zemeckis directed the film and took several directorial liberties to change the story to make it more appealing to general audiences.

 

Despite changing the original story of Beowulf, the greatest injustice to the public was the needless addition of nudity to the movie. Zemeckis decided to take every opportunity that presented itself to portray the animated characters with barely any clothes on. Although the film is animated and obviously not trying to portray reality, the nudity was still offensive and unnecessary to the general understanding of the film.

 

Beowulf is rated PG-13 for the violence and nudity, but for as many sexual references as the movie has and the nudity, it seems like the movie should have been rated higher. There is no strong language in the movie or profanity, but there are many anatomical and sexual terms that would very inappropriate for children.

 

I definitely wouldn’t recommend this movie to anyone, especially children. The fact that it is animated seems to attract many children, but it would be highly irresponsible to let them see this film.

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What’s the point?

December 5, 2007

What is the point of movies having unneeded and unwanted explicit material?

 I’ve found that most people are uncomfortable with explicit scenes or intense swearing, so I wonder why movies are so heavily endorsed which contain those sorts of things. Many people don’t like it, but they support movies that contain these things anyway and just say “it was good, except for that one scene…”

 It almost seems like movie producers are competing with each other to be the most controversial, and the ones who aren’t are less of a producer because they have standards. I think all the explicit material in movies is not there because people want it there, it is there because people have become convinced that if it is rated pg or g that it is for children. The only way to appeal to adults it seems is to provide some sort of sex, violence, or swearing.

 Do you guys agree or disagree?