Beowulf and Grendel ***

Category: Beowulf & Grendel Reviews | Posted by: admin
Article Date: October 11, 2005 | Publication: | Author: TC Staff
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(Sturla Gunnarsson, Canada/Iceland/UK, 2005)

Making the most of what was obviously a small budget, this could have been an interesting humanitarian interpretation of the Beowulf legend but for one thing: Sarah Polley. In a movie where we come to accept everyone as accented (not all the same accent, but we forgive that), Polley's Ontario tones jar us out of the story every time she appears. The rest of the movie is good (Gerard Butler is excellent as Beowulf) and her acting isn't bad, but it's unfortunate that one bout of miscasting had to send this film so far wrong.