The movie was a fun popcorn flick. The action was fun, and that's all that really mattered. I would have like to see the She-Monster's true form though. From what brief glimpse there was of her face, she didn't look all that beautiful.
Medusa is just one of the Gorgons, so there might be a whole race of creatures with the power to turn others into stones (and that have some snake-like qualities). There are male and female Gorgons, and there are ugly and pretty people among them.
At least that is the way it is in the D&D world. But I think there they call the race "medusas", so that you don't confuse with the other gorgon monster (which is a bull that can turn humanoids into stone with his breath), never mind the fact that you can confuse it with the sea creatures.
When I heard that there was a Beowulf movie coming out, I was all for it. I was thinking, "Oh! How neat. Another Beowulf movie. The tale was so epic." Then, I saw the preview. I was upset when they showed Jolie being Grendel's mother. Based on the story I read, I was under the impression that Grendel's mom was a terrible beast like her son. Not some hot, seductive succubus creature that would promote masturbation in movie theaters.
Due to geographical difficulties in travelling, city-states of Greece often had drastically different versions of certain myths. For instance, some say that the Gorgons were Phorcys and Ceto, or Typhon and Echidna. Sometimes they were born monsters, or were beautiful nymphs that were cursed. Sometimes I've heard that she was not ugly, for how could anyone tell if they turned to stone when they gazed upon her?
But anyway...look at Scylla from the Odyssey. She wasn't sexualized, even though she was supposed to be a beautiful woman with serpent heads behind her or something.
No, she had dogs for a lower body. "Scylla" means "bitch", and that myth is also what Milton drew on for his depiction of Sin in Paradise Lost, as a beautiful woman with a snake-body that kept giving birth to dogs and had some serious vagina dentata.
I think they should re-do that whatever scene where Angie is leaking gold off of her tits and slap on a gigantic fish head where her head used to be. That would at least explain how Grendel became the bastard retard child of Hopkins :V
I can see the beauty factor working for action, romantic and even drama titles. But in some myths the chracter is ugly for a reason. But when you deal with the modern morons you have to change it so they can like it. This means that just about all human like characters have to be pretty. Sadly if this affects the story in some way it will be ignored. This is why I like to read the book instead of watch the movie becaue it keeps the work more true to itself.
I didn't even see the damn movie and that pisses me off. She was supposed to be horrifying, not tantalizing. I mean, I appreciate sex appeal in its place. A lot. But that makes me take the whole movie that much less seriously. It's cliche. It's come to be expected.
Pretty much. It wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen. But you have to go into it acknowledging that it'll be very different from the story. (Granted, I don't have too much a problem with that considering we don't even know what the original Beowulf story was, what with intentional and unintentional translation errors by the first people to make it a written story and by the Christians who wanted to change the subtext.)
We got to read it in Old English because my teacher happened to know how to speak itO.O. I mean, she had to translate it for us line by line, but still! I know what you mean, though. Yeah, always trying to change the subtext.
I guess what I mean by my question... Was it like 300? Trying to be cool, but just ending up funny and humorous?