May 22nd, 2010
|01:41 pm - Awed by the badness|
So, the Syfy channel is having a Beowulf marathon, and so Becca and I decided to watch the first few minutes of the 2007 version of Beowulf with Angelina Jolie, which is what was scheduled. We then watched in amazement as we instead saw the first few minutes of what turned out to be the 1999 version of Beowulf with Christopher Lambert of Highlander "fame". Wikipedia describes it as "a science-fiction/fantasy film that, according to one film critic, "takes place in a post-apocalyptic, techno-feudal future that owes more to Mad Max than Beowulf." The film was directed by Graham Baker and written by Mark Leahy and David Chappe, and comes from the same producer as Mortal Kombat,". Random hanging chains, wacky weapons gadgets out of a Mad Max version of Batman, a guillotine that is literally made in the form of a giant straight razor, and a general lack of quality that is astounding - wow.
|Date:||May 22nd, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)|| |
I confess to a soft spot for that lumbering monster of Not Beowulf.
Oh, it's awful. So bad it's...well, not good so much as charming in its way.
I actually enjoyed the 2007 Gaiman/Avary Beowulf. Great fun, and didn't take itself too seriously.
I haven't seen it, but imagine that it's got to be worlds better than this bit of bizarre badness.
|Date:||May 22nd, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC)|| |
Don't forget the chainsaw swords! orthaevelve
inflicted that on a bunch of us at a party some time ago. That same night we also watched Tom Hanks in Mazes and Monsters
.Edited at 2010-05-22 11:13 pm (UTC)
Myself, I would have called it a Beowulf cluster. :}
*hands you stale popcorn to chuck at the screen*
This sounds so bad it's good!
|Date:||May 23rd, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)|| |
It is. It's truly awful, but it's never, ever dull. There's always something to make you ask "what was that?" or "but why?", and to discuss in amazed tones with your friends. I saw most of it one evening in Video Madness, Portland's coolest video store, and the manager said it was one of his favorite conversation-generators.