Down in the (uncanny) valley

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Early reviews of Beowulf harp on the fact that it’s just goldurned unnachurl:

Here’s the deal: the best stuff in Beowulf is the most stylized, the most liberated from the motion-capture process–Angelina Jolie’s spike-heeled demon, the monster Grendel, the golden dragon and Beowulf himself. Beowulf is an idealized Adonis-version of Ray Winstone, and the most magnificently rendered human character ever put on-screen. But the other humans, from Robin Wright Penn to Anthony Hopkins, with their plastic eyes and murky teeth, are still strange and weird. They are stiff, robotic, less human than if they had been animated. The human eye is rigged to pick out anything wrong. The closer to reality you get, the easier it is to miss it


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