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The Old English epic poem, thought to have been written around the eighth century, chronicles the exploits of Beowulf (Ray Winstone - King Arthur, Cold Mountain), a Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly indomitable monster Grendel (Crispin Glover - Willard, Back to the Future).
Beowulf. Cracking film. Looks great. Interpretation marks not so great: Beowulf is a great story, which is why it has survived since 700AD. A hero, a hero's chum, monsters and a dragon, what more do you want? Perhaps not turning the main monster; Grendel's mother, into a demonic femme fatale, whom men simply cannot resist.. yawn. Poor beleaguered chaps. The real value of Beowulf is in the telling- Beowulf is a great hero, he seeks fame and a hoard of treasure, he wants to be remembered by other men. Grendel's mother is the villain, she wants to kill Beowulf not for glory but for the killing of her son. We loose that with this movie. It becomes a contemporary film concerned with infidelity and human fallibility. That's akin to Achiles saying his sword arm is a bit sore.. or Leonidas giving a compromise, and as such changes the cinematic experience.
i loved the whole style of the film, how it scared you at points and the cgi is very clever. its so unintentionally funny when beowulf strips and every shot there's something covering his...(thingy). great film, watch it
Absolute mind numbing rubbish, suffered this complete dribble for about one hour in the hope that it might get better, but in the end gave up and went to bed. It beats me, why they decided to use computer animation instead of the real actors, it was like watching a PC game, with expressionless characters that soon became very tiring to watch.... don't bother.
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 2007
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