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YMMV / Beowulf (1999)

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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This film's version of Beowulf is a white-haired swordsman with supernatural powers who's only calling in life is hunting monsters, whose true purpose is constantly questioned by people he's helping. In other words, he's a science fantasy version of Geralt from The Witcher franchise.
  • Older Than They Think: Some of this film's big changes to the Beowulf mythos are identical to those in the animated film Beowulf (2007). It is hard to believe it is just a coincidence. This includes Hrothgar being Grendel's father and Grendel not attacking him for that reason, Grendel's mother being a shapeshifting monster with a very sexy form that tries to have men to sleep and father half-human hybrid sons with her, and Beowulf having instant, corresponded Love at First Sight for the lady of the house, who is/was in a loveless marriage before his arrival.
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  • So Bad, It's Good: The movie in all of its 90 apunkalyptic raunchiness.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: Being a story about a lone swordfighter clad in black who roams a Crapsack World killing demons and bad people, and who encounters a creature that can shapeshift from a human shape to a giant monster one, it could be said this is the closest to a Berserk live action adaptation we have. Grendel's mother even resembles the Unnamed Apostle.

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