Beowulf (2007, USA) C-113m. SCOPE *** D: Robert Zemeckis. Starring Ray Winstone, Robin Wright-Penn, Anthony Hopkins, Sebastian Roché, John Malkovich, Crispin Glover, Angelina Jolie, Chris Coppola, Alison Lohman. Computer-generated adaptation of the epic medieval poem, much like director Zemeckis' earlier THE POLAR EXPRESS (2004). Aging king Hopkins makes a call out to heroes to free his people from monstrous creature Grendel that comes down from his mountain lair every once in a while to wreak havoc on the community. Enter heroic warrior Beowulf (Winstone), who might even become the king's successor if he can kill the monster. A bit simplistic storywise, but these flaws are quickly forgotten in bombastic action sequences, all set to a majestic score by Alan Silvestri. CGI effects are not entirely seamless, but with such a sweeping spectacle it doesn't really matter. A powerful movie experience, which was also shown in 3-D. Screenplay by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary. Filmed several times before, most recently as BEOWULF & GRENDEL (2005).

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