The characters in Beowulf, and in Henry James, and in Joel Schumacher's latest slam-bang movie extravaganza, all participate, with more or less elaborate variations, in archetype.
I guess an era when someone can unironically say that MIT will "try to keep meaning alive," and will "take the next quantum leap in storytelling" needs reminders, no matter how understated, of archetype.
Thanks, MIT! Storytelling has been suffering from a dearth of meaning, and we're glad you're here to Hollywood to show the rest of us rubes how it's done. If only Chaucer had access to the latest film-making technologies, we might still read his work today! Zemeckis certainly improved the story that boring ol' Beowulf by turning it into a video game. And Peter Guber is certainly right when "he blames the audience for the perceived breakdown in narrative quality," because there's nothing an audience hates quite so much as a good story.
It's basically impossible to write about this without getting snarky.