Originally, I was hopeful about this movie.
But then I watched the clips and I was not hopeful that it would hew reasonably to the original story.
Then I decided to hold out hope that it might be ok.
I heard a horrible review on NPR yesterday morning, but that did not deter me.
When I saw a graphic novelization co-written by Neil Gaiman at Barnes and Noble today, I was hopeful again.
Hopes dashed: Mr Gaiman decides to be too clever. Grendel is the demon-spawn of Hrothgar and Grendel's mother (hence the seductive Angelina Jolie clips). And Beowulf succumbs to the same temptation. And the dragon is his spawn.
Blast. Leaning towards not going to see it...
For a nice graphic companion to the original story, I recommend Gareth Hinds' graphic novel.