29 September, 2020


A curious mix of the human and the animated: Jolie, Malkovich, Hopkins are not really themselves here...

Starring: Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie, Robin Wright Penn, John Malkovich
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Rating: **

I didn’t watch Beowulf in 3D format but it came across as an intriguing piece of cinema primarily because of its cinematic form. The live action is digitally enhanced to create a curious mix of the human and the animated. So Jolie, Malkovich, Hopkins are not really themselves here; they are a little more than animated characters but a lot less than full-blown human beings.

Based on the English epic poem, the film is all about brave men battling demons, not just outside but also the metaphorical ones deep within. The action is set in the Denmark of AD 507 in the kingdom of Herot. King Hrothgar (Hopkins) and his people are living in constant fear of the monster Grendal who attacks them during festivities. He assails them on what Hrothgar refers to as days of "merriment, joy and fornication". Grendal is...



To read this piece, and more such stories in India's most exciting and exacting magazine, plus get access to our 25-year archives goldmine, please subscribe.

More from Namrata Joshi

Latest Magazine

October 05, 2020

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section