1 hour, 54 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for intense sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sexual material and nudity.
DVD Features: Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; A Hero's Journey: The Making of Beowulf; Beasts of Burden - Designing the creatures of Beowulf; Creating the Ultimate Beowulf; The Art of Beowulf.
Featuring the voices of:
Ray Winstone as Beowulf
Anthony Hopkins as Hrothgar
Robin Wright Penn as Wealthow
Crispin Glover as Grendel
Alison Lohman as Ursula
Angelina Jolie as Grendel's Mother
Beowulf (Ray Winstone) is a young warrior who emerges out of a raging storm in a Viking ship to rescue a Danish kingdom ruled by old King Hrothgar (Anthony Hopkins) and his lovely queen Wealthow (Robin Wright Penn). The monster Grendel (Crispin Glover), angered by the noise of singing and drinking in Hrothgar's great hall, has butchered many warriors.
Grendel looks like a mummy with a contagious disease. He's a slobbering, puss-filled, bloody, drooling, hideously deformed giant with a lop-sided face and rotting teeth that can barely chew a man's head. Realizing that there are no weapons that will defeat this monster, Beowulf removes his clothes and waits for the next attack. In an epic battle, Beowulf rips off Grendel's arm. Whimpering,Grendel limps home to his mother's lair to die.
His mother (Angelina Jolie) takes revenge by attacking the hall following a night of celebration. She strings up the corpses of all of Beowulf's men except for his trusted lieutenant, Wiglaf (Brendan Gleeson).
Unferth (John Malkovich) presents Beowulf with a ceremonial sword, despite the fact that he had initially doubted Beowulf's resolve. Beowulf enters the the grotto of Grendel's mother but rather than battling Beowulf, she sets out to seduce him, as she had Hrothgar years before.
Director Robert Zemeckis ("Back to the Future" and "Polar Express") has not been afraid to indulge in moments of camp and brutality. Using his keen pop sensibility, he features plenty of gruesome violence and nudity mixed together with ribald humor that may displease many high school English teachers but will heighten the admiration of almost everyone else, mightily entertaining them as well.