Despite the advances in motion-capture technology, we’re still not sold on it as a film medium. It’s not really animation and it’s not really a film, it’s sort of like the toaster oven. You know when companies try to sell you on all these combo inventions and they seem like a great idea: it’s a toaster and an oven? It’s a SUV and a truck? It’s a herpes medication and a weight loss drug? Unfortunately they sound great, but in the rush to accomplish two things, they don’t really do either individual thing all that great.
Sorry but I’d rather use a toaster to make toast and an oven to, well, okay, I don’t ever really use an oven, but you get the point. Mo-Cap technology is like the toaster oven of filmmaking.
I probably don’t have to remind anyone of the dead-eyed zombies in Polar Express. The good thing is that at least Tom Hanks didn’t have a mullet. Regardless, people seemed sold on forging ahead with this pointless technology, cough cough we’re looking at you Robert Zemeckis. The latest is Beowulf. That epic Norse poem you probably didn’t read in freshman English class.
We just don’t know what to think. The epic poem is amazing and sooo many flicks have been based upon it. The cast they’ve assembled is also top notch with Angie Jolie getting all the attention. Still, it just doesn’t do it for us. It’s too woodenie looking. Too stiff and not in the good way.
We got our hands on the new promotional spots for the Robert Zemeckis directed, Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary scripted flick. I mean with a team like that behind this it couldn’t possibly suck, right? Behold the 2,3, and 4 television commercials.
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Beowulf opens nationwide Nov. 16