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Beowulf & Grendel back to product details

A Splendid Monster
written by talltale November 11, 2006 - 2:07 PM PST
0 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Wasn't this one of those awful reading assignments in high school? Or was it college? The past continues it annoying habit of meshing. Whatever: members ought to give this filmed version--via Iceland, Canada and Britain--a look-see, as BEOWULF & GRENDEL is a visual knockout that offers more than the usual acceptance of Mr. Grendel, turning him into a splendid monster brought to wonderful screen life by actor Ingvar Siggurdssen. Gerard Butler makes a thoughtful, butch hero; Sarah Polley a quiet, caring witch; and Stellan Skarsgard a sad and ashamed king. I found Ms. Polley's accent somewhat troubling against those of all the others, but that is a small thing compared to the real achievement here: a movie about a classic myth that honors its source while providing some fine entertainment.


(Average 6.07)
28 Votes
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