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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Beowulf & Grendel Movie Review


Beowulf & Grendel
One of the oldest epic poems in the English language gets a robust visual interpretation in this historical epic shot on location in Iceland. Hrothgar (Stellan Skarsgård) is a Danish king who murders a troll that has been terrorizing his countryside. But Hrothgar spares the life of the troll's strange young son, who with the passage of years grows to become Grendel (Ingvar Sigurdsson), a fearsome warrior intent upon avenging his father's death. As Grendel begins his slaughter of the king's closest confidants, Hrothgar realizes his life is in danger, and he calls upon the brave and fearless Beowulf (Gerard Butler) to track down and kill Grendel. As Beowulf and his band of warriors search for the vicious and elusive Grendel, he crosses paths with Selma (Sarah Polley), a beautiful and sensuous witch whose alliances are divided between Beowulf and his archenemy.
  • Starring: Stellan Skarsgård, Ingvar Sigurdsson, Gerard Butler, Sarah Polley
  • R Profanity, Adult Situations, Graphic Violence, Sexual Situations
  • DVD Release: 09/26/2006

Chance Review

Bringing to life one of the oldest epic poems in the English language was sure to be a difficult challenge. The director delivers incredible landscapes shots that capture both the beauty & bleakness of nature. The writer has skillfully expands the story to a featured length, though always being faithful to the source material. Though violent & bloody, filled with superstions & beliefs from that era, the movie is excellent. The hero is gallant, brave, & courageous with a heart, who completes his task & it becomes a super heroic deed with numerous embellished tellings.

Rating: ****

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