Fans of Angelina Jolie rejoice! You’ll no longer have to satisfy yourself with your Lara Croft games – you’ll soon be able to play her in her new avatar as Grendel’s nasty ol’ mum.
The who? The what? The huh? Well, you obviously haven’t been paying any attention to your Old English literature. But fear not, Robert Zemeckis (Polar Express, Forrest Gump, Romancing the Stone) is out to fix all that.
The movie, starring Ray Winstone, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn, Anthony Hopkins, Crispin Glover as Grendel and Angelina Jolie as Grendel’s Mother (no, I didn’t forget what the character’s name was. ‘Grendel’s Mother’ is the character’s name), comes out this November 16. Filmed in CGI, the producers brought the movie out for a sneak peak at the big gathering of people whose opinion really matters… especially where advance word of mouth is concerned – the Comic-Con:
The final scene, with Jolie’s villainess emerging from a body of water, is a stunner for multiple reasons: a) the lighting and use of water to interact with the characters is uncanny, b) the scene is intense, not only for its content, but also because, as he showed in earlier scenes, ANYTHING could happen in a film so uncompromised and we’re holding our breaths because we don’t know if Zemeckis will underplay the scene or turn the volume up to 11 and c) the nudity. Unless Jolie performed the scene nude or just provided animators with copies of Gia, it’s safe to say she wore a skin tight body suit during filming (which, according to Avary, took place May of 2005). Barely a single curve on her gorgeous figure is obscured as she emerges from the sinister watery depths, and audiences afterward couldn’t stop talking about the potentially R-rated imagery and how Jolie is now the hottest artificial sexbomb since Jessica Rabbit (which, come to think of it, was also a Zemeckis character).
Attendees at the screening got to watch an extended clip but the rest of you perverts will have to make do with the trailer above. Until the flick comes out. When you’ll find that it’s been absolutely slaughtered to achieve a PG-13 rating. And then you’ll have to wait until the Director’s Cut DVD comes out. Oh, how I laugh at your misery.
Several of the scenes appear to have a Lord of the Rings feel to it, especially from Return of the King. And that’s fitting given J.R.R. Tolkien was one of the foremost Beowulf scholars and his fiction bears a definite imprint of his fascination with and study of the manuscript.
Unlike Peter Jackson’s effort, however, Zemeckis seems all set to deviate more than a little from the original story. Jackson had to walk a fine line straddling his vision and the Pure, Unadulterated Truths that the Hobbit lovers absolutely knew. Where did that song eulogising beer right before the Ring Wraiths attack go, eh Jackson? And how about those hobbit feet? You can’t fool us! We know all about you! Grrr.
Excuse me while I mop my heated brow.
Zemeckis, however, can afford to do all sorts of things given he won’t have Beowulf-fanatics breathing down his neck. Or is there a Beowulf subculture out there that I don’t know about?
Ooh, scandal and fireworks!