The blood-soaked tale of a Norse warrior's battle against the great and murderous troll, Grendel. Out of allegiance to the King Hrothgar, the much respected Lord of the Danes, Beowulf leads... See full summary »
Set against the coming of Christianity, this is the story of the last hero: in 507, a monstrous troll wreaks havoc in the mead hall of the Danish king, Hrothgar. He offers rewards for the death of Grendel, so Beowulf, a great and boastful Geat warrior, arrives with his thanes. Beowulf sets aside his armor and awaits the monster; a fierce battle ensues that leads to Beowolf's entering the watery lair of Grendel's mother, where a devil's bargain awaits. Beowulf returns to Herot, the castle, and becomes king. Jump ahead many years, and the sins of the father are visited upon Beowulf and his kingdom. The hero must face his weakness and be heroic once again. Is the age of demons over? Written by
Crispin Glover portrays Grendel in a similar motion-capture method as Andy Serkis did for Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Glover and Serkis were both born of the same day; April 20 1964. See more »
"Bards sing of Hrothgar's shame from the frozen north to the shores of Vinland." Vinland wasn't known until about the year 1000AD. See more »
I understand that when a piece of literature is translated into a movie that changes have to be made. Indeed, considering the source material it would be understandable why the director might make significant changes. In fact, it is my opinion that movies such as this should not be a page by page copy of the original, but should by the directors own vision and interpretation of the story. It may even by OK to add to the story to bring greater depth and complexity to the characters.
Overall, it doesn't matter how similar the plot is with the original poem, but how well it represents the themes of the original. Therefor, Beowulf(the movie) is probably the worst adaptation of any piece of literature ever.
The Beowulf of the poem and the Beowulf of the movie have little in common when it comes to their characteristics. In many ways, this movie was a betrayal of the original. in the original, Beowulf was a role model of Anglo-Saxon society, but in this version he was responsible for the dragon and doesn't kill Grendel's mom. the themes represented in this version are nowhere to be found in the original.
This movie is altogether not the story of Beowulf, it is a completely different movie. Robert Zemeckis took an entirely different story,and made some changes to make it sound like the poem probably so that it get more publicity.
Disreguarding the fact that its supposedly the story of Beowulf, the story wasn't that bad, though it could use room for improvement. this would probably have been a better movie had they not been trying to make it into Beowulf. The CGI is OK, but it still doesn't beat the real thing. I would have given this a 6/10 if it wasn't for the fact that they lied by naming it Beowulf, which in my opinion dishonest and Extremely disrespectful of the poem it was "based" off of.
Therefor its a 1/10
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