"Pride is the curse. "The warrior Beowulf must fight and defeat the monster Grendel who is terrorizing towns, and later, Grendel's mother, who begins killing out of revenge.
Glorious 3D treat requiring little brain engagement
This movie is a lot of fun. In 3D. I suspect its impact will be
considerably diminished in 2D, so I urge anyone who wants to see it to
seek out the 3D version. There are lots of beautifully constructed
tracking shots where the camera glides and swirls forward, back up and
down, and trees, rocks, arrows, dragons or whatever slip past the edges
of the frame, and this effect is stunning in 3D. In fact, all the
action scenes are stunning in 3D, particularly the climactic battle
with a top-notch, fire belching monster of a dragon.
The plot isn't much to write home about (although there's just a hint
of a theological debate about the way Christianity has displaced the
old mythic religions, which made me think for about 5 seconds). The
acting is variable - Robin Wright-Penn is fine, but about as sexy as a
paper cup, Hopkins is his usual reliable self, Ray Winstone is suitably
heroic as the heroic, self-aggrandising Beowulf, and Crispin Glover is
just brilliant as Grendel. Grendel is a lovely creation, oozing slime
and blood, and wracked with pain.
But who cares about all that. This is not a scholarly work, it's
entertainment. And my wife and I were as royally entertained as the
kids surrounding us in the cinema (and we're both 40-somethings). Leave
your serious head (and any timid youngsters) at home, and go and have