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Despite the impressive Icelandic scenery, Beowulf And Grendel fails to find its footing in the transition from epic tale to the big screen.
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Trying to give us the true story behind the epic, the movie only reminds us of why humans write epics in the first place.
[You can] feel the filmmakers yearning to have Beowulf and Grendel go all Rambo on each other. Instead, they keep pulling back for more Old English angst, as if they're torn between commerce and winning the approval of their high school English teacher.
A semi-mythic period piece, Beowulf & Grendel offers sublime scenery that's breathtaking and bone-chilling.
This gristle-intensive R-rated version of Beowulf travels a predictable revisionist route.
A muscular, ardently naturalistic retelling of the ninth-century Anglo-Saxon saga.
Andrew Rai Berzins' script spruces up long stretches of Old English with unexpected bursts of cussing and gleeful vulgarity that feel as misguided as everything else in the film.
The thrilling beauty of this reading of Beowulf is that it makes [the characters] feel modern... These people live in the real world, not in a fable and not in a history book.
Gunnarsson has made a film that would make the real Beowulf and Grendel, if they ever really existed, quite proud.
A fascinating trip to the dark ages and a good story well told
If you're game for a strange and beautiful-looking new version of the (very) old legend, you can safely give this one a rental.
Beowulf's reality-driven approach suffers for lack of scope and questionable poetic license.
Well done, but hard to understand. No subtitles available, so why certain things happened aren't really clear to me. But, the attempt at storytelling was really good..
Ah, pretty fast and loose with the source here. Which sometimes is not disastrous. This is not a full-blown disaster, but it's definitely not Beowulf either. Call it a fully blown half-blown disaster.
Decent retelling of the classic tale
this movie was really fun to watch. gerard butler is always good and it portayed the original story decently. the movie is little known so i assume they didnt have a lot of budget to work with, and it some ways that shows, but this is a pretty good movie.
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