John Wayne is coming back Fur Shur.
Boy, a lot different than the Beowulf and Grendel that Gerard Butler was in! woo.
When he was a high school senior, he and a team of his buds got an A+ on a "Beowulf" project they did for their English class.
They used the XBox game "Gears of War" and created selected scenes involving Beowulf and 3 other characters to tell the story of "Beowulf"...the hunt for Grendel and the slaying of the dragon and many others.
They took screen captures then overdubbed the audio with their own voices and sound effects and a hard rock soundtrack...edited it all together using Windows Movie Maker and burned it onto a DVD with titles and credits.
They titled their project "The Geats of War". It was awesome. Quite imaginative.
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Amazing. My friend and I are going to go sometime as part of a project on modern retellings of the Beowulf story (we also got to watch Beowulf & Grendel and 13th Warrior). Now I’m really psyched to go see it, the fact that it’s Beowulf is enough to interest me but the technology has got me really really interested, along with a few of those still shots =).
In a related note, I seem recall reading somewhere that the writers completely butchered the story of Beowulf, pretty much standing it on its ear.
Spoiler follows in negative review.
OK, I just made the mistake of seeing it today. We went because of a favorable review in the WSJ. I cant believe that they made this heroic tale into humanistic brainwashing propaganda.
The appeal of mythic hero stories is that there is someone out there who is worth emulating and that evil can be defeated.
But, in in this version the hero poo poos his reputation. Unlike the authentic character, this Beowulf lies about his deeds and doesnt actually defeat the chief demon.
The film sends the message that to believe in a savior who is capable of defeating evil is foolish.
Instead we are supposed to believe that sixth century Viking warriors dont call on the gods because the gods only do for us what we do for ourselves.
This film is blasphemy for Beowulf devotees. The producers should be sued for using his name in the title.
Perhaps most outrageous is that the final scene is dominated by Grendals mother still hovering around the body of Beowulf (who doesnt seem to go to valhalla)and is present to tempt the new king. This is so wrong.
With Oden and the new Roman god Christ dismissed from the storys universe, we are left in the end with a powerful demon trying to wreck more corruption so much for eliminating the point of epic myth that usually seeks to bring closure to the problem of evil.
Are they thinking of a sequel?
There are a few good points, such as some of the effects are nice. Grendal does look exactly as you might imagine him. But, you should be aware the the computer graphic imagery is often cartoonish and not fluent like 300.
I went in with such hopes. This Demythologed Beowulf is plain stupid.
It is no shame to be curse by demons. It is a shame to waste time seeing this cursed film.