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THE GREAT WHITE NORSE

picture - BeowulfFilm Review
by Kevin Bowen

published November 20, 2007

Beowulf
rated PG-13
now playing nationwide

Perhaps if you knew Beowulf could be this cool, you wouldn’t have hated reading it so much in seventh grade. Robert Zemeckis turns the middle school standby into a computer animated cornucopia, never lacking for blood or excitement. Like 300 before it, live actors and thousands of megabytes merge into a visually expressive world. Ray Winstone plays the muscularly mythic Norse epic hero, riding the waves to Denmark to slay the monster Grendel, who has one Eliudnir of a demon mother (Angelina Jolie). Although a little short on memorable story (Viking mythology tends to be more spear-tipped than poetic), the overwhelming visual experience (particularly in 3-D IMAX) is enough to make you want to run out and raid a Celtic village.

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