Beowulf

Beowulf

Return to the Shieldlands

DVD - 2016
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This spectacular drama reimagines one of literature's most enduring heroes, the great warrior Beowulf. Featuring an ensemble cast of fascinating and fantastical characters, this epic drama follows Beowulf as he strives to be a man as well as hero, challenging the notions of good and evil, heroes and villains, and the rule of law against one's moral code.

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section31
Jul 09, 2017

Basically a game of thrones also runner up.

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CHail
Jul 07, 2017

Apart from the title 'Beowulf" the series is about an alternate world peopled by monsters. This world has a history of god like giants ruling, but now long gone; perhaps!. Their huge structures are now impressive ruins. A few soldiers try to hold the enemy, at the partly ruined Giants bridge. It is a bit like the 300 Spartans holding off thousands, but in this case only a few holding off a couple of hundred. There are fewer people in this world, and more non-people. It is an interesting tale, which I really enjoyed. I am looking forward to the following installment.

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lindy919
Nov 01, 2016

Aside from the names Beowulf and Hrothgar, this awful single season series has exactly zero to do with the Scandinavian epic. Instead, the creators have, quite blatantly, attempted to glom off the success of Game Of Thrones; from the music, to the opening credits sequence, to the political machinations, everything here is a much, much weaker version of that seen in the near-perfect GOT.

This show offers a cast completely bereft of charisma. The absolutely horrible fight sequences are far and few between in what you'd think would be an action-rich show. And then there's William Hurt, in ghostlike flashbacks, affecting a poor English accent in order to sound Danish? The only things that are at all worthwhile are the (completely anachronistic) sets and (some of) the CGI monsters.

In this terrible series, not only is Grendel not a factor but Beowulf is merely an above average swordsman, not the superhero from the epic.

There are many reasons this lasted only a single season. Skip it!

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