in about 100 words or less
Canada, Iceland, UK 102m, Colour
Director: Sturla Gunnarsson; Cast: Gerard Butler, Stellan Skarsgård, Sarah Polley, Ingvar E. Sigurdsson, Eddie Marsan
Notwithstanding the strange and seemingly inappropriate dialogue by Sarah Polley who portrayed the witch, this dramatic re-interpretation of Beowulf is the best yet put to film. The stunning landscapes and the beautiful photography more than make up for the film’s few shortcomings. Loosely based on the poem Beowulf, this adaptation provides a “realistic” interpretation of this literary work – which could be used to explain the origins of the work itself. Of particular note is the wind, fog and rain which apparently hampered the production, but appear to give the film a level of realism that is rarely captured on film (Klaus Ming July 2009).