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Review: Beowulf

A throwback to the mindless effects-laden adventures of the 1960s, Beowulf is full of special effects, writes Rashid Irani.

movie reviews Updated: Nov 24, 2007 18:46 IST
Rashid Irani

Beowulf


Cast :

Ray Winstone, Angelina Jolie


Direction :

Robert Zemeckis


Rating :

**1/2



It’s believed to be the oldest surviving story in the English language. Utilising the ‘performance-capture’ digital animation technique he pioneered in

The Polar Express

(2005), director Zemeckis envisions the 1,250-year-old epic Anglo-Saxon poem.



Interestingly, a 3-D version is also being released at the IMAX dome auditorium.



At the pivot of the fantasy, there’s the eponymous Viking warrior (Winstone) who must vanquish several adversaries – including a skeletal demon (Crispin Glover) and a malevolent, shudder-inducing woman (Jolie, drenched from head to high heels in gold paint).



A throwback to the mindless effects-laden adventures of the 1960s,

Beowulf

is more special effects than special. See only if you have a thing about Jolie coming out from water depths, vamping it up to the hilt.