Movies, Action and adventure
4 out of 5 stars
Perhaps it’s best to see Robert Zemeckis’s animated Beowulf in IMAX, where the 3-D dimness only enhances the sense of immersion in an age before electric light. You are there, in A.D. 567 Denmark, as Crispin Glover’s slobbering Grendel, Angelina Jolie’s nekkid water demon and a nasty-ass dragon take on Beowulf (Winstone), with their tentacular parries literally thrust in your face. No doubt paired through Writers Guild Mad Libs, screenwriters Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary rework character and structure, adding enough action to fill a Lord of the Rings movie. But the mere idea of a multiplex Beowulf is enough of a hoot. If we must have mead halls, let them be populated by rogues like John Malkovich.

By: Ben Kenigsberg


Release details

Rated: PG-13
Release date: Friday November 16 2007
Duration: 114 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Screenwriter: Neil Gaiman, Roger Avary
Cast: Alison Lohman
Ray Winstone
Anthony Hopkins
Angelina Jolie
Robin Wright Penn
John Malkovich
Brendan Gleeson
Crispin Glover