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Beowulf

Beowulf

Robert Zemeckis (2007)

109min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

The realm of Danish King Hrothgar is terrorised by a fearsome monster. A renowned warrior arrives to slay the beast, but an encounter with its seductive mother gives rise to a terrible bargain with tragic consequences. Animated fantasy based on the English language's oldest surviving epic poem, using motion-capture technology to recreate real actors, including Ray Winstone, Robin Wright, Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Robert Zemeckis
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Other Information

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

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