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Not your English teacher’s Beowulf: Grendel’s mom was a hottie?

I taught "Beowulf" to seniors for seven years... I also had to read/interpret/analyze/compare/contrast the crap out of it in college... I don't remember Grendel's mom being a MILF.

In fact, she was a nasty old sea hag. Ahh well, bygones...

Beowulf opened this weekend. Review here...

Review excerpt:

Published: November 16, 2007/New York Times

You don’t need to wait for Angelina Jolie to rise from the vaporous depths naked and dripping liquid gold to know that this “Beowulf” isn’t your high school teacher’s Old English epic poem. You don’t even have to wait for the flying spears and airborne bodies that — if you watch the movie in one of the hundreds of theaters equipped with 3-D projection — will look as if they’re hurtling directly at your head. You could poke your eye out with one of those things! Which is precisely what I thought when I first saw Ms. Jolie’s jutting breasts too.

QUESTION: Has anyone seen it or do they intend to? How was it compared to the epic poem you were forced to read in English class?

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