Beowulf

  • 12
  • Robert Zemeckis (2007)
  • US
  • 109 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

Myth and technology combine in this spectacular animated fantasy that reworks the English language's oldest surviving poem using 21st-century computer power. As in The Polar Express, director Robert Zemeckis employs state-of-the-art "performance capture" techniques to turn his cast - including Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins and Brendan Gleeson - into digital avatars. The earthily entertaining script by award-winning comic-book writer Neil Gaiman (Stardust) and Pulp Fiction co-writer Roger Avary adds a bold new dimension to the story of Beowulf's battle against the monstrous Grendel (Crispin Hellion Glover) in 6th-century Denmark. Zemeckis creates a dark fantasy full of haunting images, not least Angelina Jolie's sultry turn as Grendel's demonic mother. Ironically, the attempt to take animation to a new level of photorealism occasionally produces a strange distancing effect; some viewers may feel more intrigued by the process than immersed in the action, particularly when they can choose from conventional 35mm, IMAX 3D, Real D and Dolby 3D Digital Cinema formats.

Plot Summary

Fantasy adventure based on the epic poem, starring Ray Winstone and Angelina Jolie. Following a bloody attack on the house of Norse king Hrothgar by the giant Grendel, fearless warrior Beowulf takes on the demon for the promise of riches. But his act of retribution incurs the wrath of Grendel's mother, who appears to Beowulf as a beautiful woman.

Cast and crew

Cast

Beowulf
Ray Winstone
Grendel's mother
Angelina Jolie
Grendel
Crispin Glover
King Hrothgar
Anthony Hopkins
Unferth
John Malkovich
Queen Wealthow
Robin Wright
Olaf
Chris Coppola
Wiglaf
Brendan Gleeson
Ursula
Alison Lohman
Old Cain
Dominic Keating

Crew

Director
Robert Zemeckis

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, sexual references.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 16 Nov 2007
Certificate 12
Categories
Drama

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