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Beowulf vs. The Lord of the Rings

Living Universe vs. 3D Voyage to Schlockville: “Robert Zemeckis’ new film Beowulf gives a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘the sublime and the ridiculous.’ Zemeckis took the oldest and most important text of our ur-language, and turned it into a 3-D Disneyland ride so cheesy he should have called it Anglo-Saxons of the Caribbean. Of course, there’s nothing new or surprising about this. Hollywood has been profaning history and literature since long before Cecil B. DeMille cast Charlton Heston as Moses. If the Bible isn’t sacred, why should the oldest poem in our ancestral language be? But the Beowulf travesty is especially glaring, because of the obvious contrast with another work that mined the same ancient field: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. ” — Gary Kamiya (Salon)