Truly miscellaneous. I was trying to find a thread to post my thoughts on a past film without resurrecting an old thread or creating a new one devoted to just that film, so I've come up with this as an alternative. Like the Western Society thread, this one is almost impossible to derail as it can be about any odd film that you've not seen in a long time and were perhaps surprised by or reminded of something you really liked about it. Whatever you like.
The film in question: Robert Zemeckis' 2007 film BEOWULF.
Most everything that's good about the script could arguably be attributed to Neil Gaiman, but some of the performances are quite good, including Crispin Glover playing what is in my mind the most inspired and definitive version of Grendel. I saw it again recently and was reminded of how sympathetically the film treats him. He's in constant pain and his eyes are so expressive and tragically human and child-like that you can't help but feel something for him even as he stomps, tears and chomps his way through innocent people. I'm not especially fond of the full on mo-cap thing, but aside from snagging Gaiman, casting Glover to do what he does was maybe the brightest decision Zemeckis made. In contrast, Angelina Jolie as Grendel's Mother via Alexander McQueen is probably the least interesting thing about the film, even if they use her cleverly as the fulcrum on which to pivot and add shade to certain characters and to deepen the plot.
Also, Winstone is still great as a hero who is utterly amazing at what he does, knows this to be a fact, but still can't help but pay tribute to himself every chance he gets. His Beowulf is the most competent narcissistic asshole ever.
It's a male fantasy film made for a male audience about how ludicrous male fantasies can be.