As I foreshadowed in a previous post, I made my way to the IMAX theater last night to see Beowulf in 3-D. Belinda joined me, for which I was grateful. I would have gone to see the movie alone, but preferred the company. It turned out to be a fun evening for both of us.
The movie itself was fantastic. The special effects and fight sequences were expertly done without being overwrought. The plot, while perhaps a bit underdeveloped in places, was fantastic and portrayed the underlying themes of temptation and betrayal quite well. The 3-D aspect of the movie was also well done and there were a few points where I just about jumped out of my seat.
The ending was particularly powerful in my mind. It left me wondering whether Beowulf’s friend and successor would slay the troublesome she-demon or make the hero’s same mistakes, thereby repeating the cycle. Belinda is sure the latter is more true, but I’m not entirely sure. But then, I suppose that just shows my eternal optimism.
As I mentioned previously, this was the first time I’ve ever seen a movie in IMAX. I think that I could not have chosen a better show for my first experience. There’s something about seeing the battle scenes in this movie on such a large screen that is well worthwhile. In fact, I enjoyed it so much, that I’m considering repeating the experience with other friends who couldn’t make it last night. Considering the fact that I usually complain about the cost of regular theater tickets, I’d say that says a lot about how I feel about this movie.
Of course, I now have yet more reason to buy myself a copy of the original epic poem.