Beowulf and Grendel (2005) Fantasy Movie Review
Fantasy movies Review
Plot Synopsis: Adapted from the Anglo-Saxon epic poem, Beowulf, BEOWULF & GRENDEL is a medieval adventure that tells the blood-soaked tale of a Norse warrior’s battle against the great and murderous troll, Grendel. Heads will roll in this provocative take on the first major work of English literature. Out of allegiance to the King Hrothgar, the much respected Lord of the Danes, Beowulf leads a troop of warriors across the sea to rid a village of the marauding monster. The monster, Grendel, is not a creature of mythic powers, but one of flesh and blood - immense flesh and raging blood, driven by a vengeance from being wronged, while Beowulf, a victorious soldier in his own right, has become increasingly troubled by the hero-myth rising up around his exploits. Beowulf’s willingness to kill on behalf of Hrothgar wavers when it becomes clear that the King is more responsible for the troll’s rampages than was first apparent. As a soldier, Beowulf is unaccustomed to hesitating. His relationship with the mesmerizing witch, Selma, creates deeper confusion. Swinging his sword at a great, stinking beast is no longer such a simple act. The story is set in barbarous Northern Europe where the reign of the many-gods is giving way to one - the southern invader, Christ. Beowulf is a man caught between sides in this great shift, his simple code transforming and falling apart before his eyes. Building toward an inevitable and terrible battle, this is a tale where vengeance, loyalty and mercy powerfully entwine. A story of blood and beer and sweat, BEOWULF & GRENDEL strips away the mask of the hero-myth, leaving a raw and tangled tale that rings true through the centuries.
Review: Beowulf has been changed from the classical representation to a more modern interpretation as to what if the demon depicted in the story was not a demon. In this movie, Grandall is shown as the primitive missing link of man, a advanced Neanderthal. It explains his hugeness his longer then usual arms. Also primitive man is speculated to have had greater strength then modern day man. Still a story of revenge, Grandall takes revenge on those who killed his father. Gradalls’ mother is also depicted as another primitive species in the shape as life began in the sea so what if; I’ll leave it at that. A great movie through and through that I very much enjoyed. Make up artists should be praised in this m movie as well. The Beowulf in this movie is not as legendary feeling in this movie though.
Synopsis:The blood-soaked tale of a Norse warrior's battle against the great and murderous troll, Grendel. Out of allegiance to the King Hrothgar...
About Beowulf and Grendel (2005)
Starring: Tony Curran, Stellan Skarsgård, Sarah Polley, Gerard Butler, Mark Lewis, Eddie Marsan, Spencer Wilding, Ronan Vibert, Helgi Björnsson, Philip Whitchurch, Þórður Helgi Guðjónsson, Kristín Hrönn Gunnarsdóttir, Rory McCann, Daði Freyr Guðjónsson, Martin Delaney, Egill Ólafsson, Elva Ósk Ólafsdóttir, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir, Gísli Örn Garðarsson, Gunnar Hansson, Benedikt Clausen, Steindór Andersen, Matt John Evans, Hringur Ingvarsson, Jon Einarsson Gustafsson, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson, Gunnar Eyjólfsson, Arnór Hákonarson
Runtime: 103 minutes
Director: Sturla Gunnarsson
MPAA Rating: R
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