I rented the recent Neil Gaiman-scribed/Zemeckis-directed Beowulf movie, and I was very let down and disappointed in the story. I prefer to take my heroes straight up please (hey no giggling in the balcony!) and the idea of a renowned hero who didn't properly earn his reputation in deeds left a sour taste in my mouth. I felt ambivalent with Angelina Jolie's rather Lilith-y figure as well.
More even than that, the whole notion of Grendel going down to the mead all to bash heads because the noise kept him awake from miles away wasn't very satisfying or easy to buy into either. I mean everyone knows that monsters trash mead halls because Danish are tasty and good with mead!
I found the animated appearance of the characters kind of uncanny and a turn off as well. Beowulf himself excepted he was totally amazing-hot! But not hot enough to save the story..
For the much more satisfying original, go here.