I really don't. I didn't even know I was going to blog it. But Liam Guilar, a poet with his own blog, Lady Godiva and Me(I've read the poems), wants to know if any good films have been made of any medieval epics. I sure can't think of any. He mentions two films made from Beowulf, which he reviews here, unfavorably. He didn't, except in passing, mention The Thirteenth Warrior, which I saw a few years back, and it was good fun, I guess, and rather vaguely based on Beowulf, but more so on Michael Crichton's Eaters of the Dead. This was written before Crichton went bat---- about environmentalists, and when I read it last, it was mainly for the "Neandertal" connection. I read Beowulf a lot longer ago than that, in a college course devoted to the study of epic literature, from Gilgamesh onward. I should mention here that Guilar didn't like these two Beowulf films. I never saw them, but those who did, would agree with him, from what I've heard. Well, that's Hollywood for you.
He then asks if the Irish Tain cycle, or the Song o9 Roland(another epic I read in that epics course), have ever been made into films. I don't think so. Fortunately. If what the film industry has done to Beowulf is any indication, they should stay away, stay away, stay away from medieval epics! Because the film makers butcher them! I'm not eve sure either of these epics would work very well for modern tastes, except for that core of (mostly male) moviegoers who like lots of action, blood, and gore. And as far as the Song of Roland goes, there would be additional problems that I don't think any film maker would be prepared to handle. The first lines of that epic have the "infidels"(actually Muslims who inhabited Spain at the time), worshiping statues of the Prophet Muhammad, as well as statues of the Greek god Apollo, neither of which any good Muslim would be caught dead doing. And modern Muslims would, I think, be awfully quick to point this out, while "opposite numbers" would then start screaming "PC! PC! PC!"
Other "medieval-themed" films are what might be called "good fun", but they're not epics. The various versions of the Arthurian cycle come to mind, as do the innumerable versions of the Robin Hood legends, but I don't think this is what Guilar had in mind here. The Robin Hood films tend to reflect modern social problems of one sort and another, though they all draw on the same basic legends. But a real medieval epic? As I said, I don't know. Any more than I know what to title this bloog.