This evening I went to the cinema for the first time this month to see Beowulf. There have been posters all over town, and I was interested to see how a motion captured film would actually look on the big screen.
If you don't know the story, it is based on an Anglo-Saxon poem that is believed to be about 1,200 years old and is one of the earliest examples of English literature.
The story is set in Denmark, where aging dragon slayer King Hrothgar (played by Anthony Hopkins) is holding celebrations in his new mead-hall. Unfortunately this disturbs the rest of the monster Grendel, who attacks the hall.
A message goes out across Scandinavia that the King will give half his gold to anyone who can kill the beast.
Beowulf hears of the Thanes plight, so comes to their land with his troops. On their first night he manages to kill Grendel, but this incurs the wrath of its mother (played by Angelina Jolie).