Okay, you twisted my arm -- I'll see the movie. Actually, I was planning on seeing it anyway -- I'm intrigued by how Robert Zemeckis keeps inching forward in his quest for photo-realism in the CG world. The Holy Grail of that being, obviously, faces. The faces of the characters in The Polar Express were aptly described by some as being like 'death masks' which probably frightened little kids more than wowed them, but you can't make an omelet, right? Based on the little bit I've seen of Beowulf -- on a small computer screen, mind you -- it looks like Zemeckis is still wrestling with that same problem. The faces don't seem to have a lot of life in them, but maybe it's such a technical challenge that inching forward a little bit at a time is the only way to go. Zemeckis, has, however, found a good trick for misdirecting us away from the faces -- shots of Angelina Jolie's naked breasts. The international trailer for Beowulf is being hosted over at ComingSoon.net, and it's mostly the same as the other trailer we recently saw, except that this one has a shot of Angelina from behind, a couple of her from the side and one of her straight-on naked from the belly-button up.
Speaking of Angelina, someone really needs to talk to her about the accents, because the voice she's sporting in this film seems like Dracula again, which is exactly what we heard in Alexander and even a bit in A Mighty Heart. When I spoke with her at the press day for Heart she talked about working with a voice coach and how some accents were more challenging than others, and I have no doubt she's talented enough to broaden her accent range, but she probably needs someone to tell her that it's necessary. We've heard Transylvanian Jolie -- let's hear something else.