Beowulf & Grendel
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- Commentary by director Sturla Gunnarsson and screenwriter Andrew Rai Berzins
- Deleted scenes
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- Cast interviews
- Costume sketches
Top Customer Reviews
Gerard Butler is superbly cast as Beowulf, a hero and fighter from Greatland who comes to help the Danes fight a troll who has been wreaking havoc among them ... The King of the Danes provides a background of the troll's murderous activity but fails to tell the whole truth to Beowulf and his mighty warriors. The scenery in Iceland is breath-takingly beautiful - views of stark rocky mountains, steep icey cliffs, green hillsides and crashing waves against the shoreline. Although, the Danes were fierce fighters a certain fear had taken hold - they no longer trusted their own gods to support and protect them. They were fighting a troll who managed to elude their fiercest efforts ... The Danes succumbed to baptism and the beliefs of the after life as taught by wandering Christian monks. Amazingly, even the Danish King was baptized after falling deeply into depression and alcoholism while watching some of his best men die.Read more ›
1. sweeping, windy, frigid landscapes with a sort of terrifying beauty
2. modern revisionism that updates a classic adventure tale's meaning
3. extremely attractive Northern European he-males
--you may wanna skip Beowulf.
And yet...and yet, I suggest you try it, even though I was less than blown away.
Well, certainly number one above. Visually, this film takes you someplace stunningly cool (metaphorically, not just literally), an environment so bleak in spots and so callous in others and so apathetic to human suffering, that it's a fitting background for this stark tale of revenge and bloodshed and loss and heroics and loyalty. A cold wind surely does blow, outside and inside the soul.
Also, you may enjoy the revisionist take. Grendel is now the terribly injured party dealing with a sort of bigotry for his "monsterhood": He and his kind are hated for being different, ugly, smelly, not evil. (I believe, if memory serves from the long-ago high school reading, that Grendel did represent evil, and not merely a symbol of aggrieved minority.)
And almost certainly you will enjoy the charisma of actor Gerard Butler. That man is good. He can act--see THE JURY or PHANTOM OF THE OPERA or DEAR FRANKIE or even CRADLE OF LIFE to see how he can inhabit various types of roles and make them come to life with that combination of personal magnetism, vocal expression, facial expression, body language and just plain emotive power. I have no idea why this man is not a huge, huge star. He's got everything it takes, the complete package of ridiculous good looks and acting chops and versatility. He can be funny or menacing or romantic or so vulnerable you weep.Read more ›
Stellan Skarsgard does an excellent job in his role of Hrothgar, the Dane king whose spirit is beaten and broken by the depradations of a vengeful Grendel. I am a huge fan of Gerard Butler, and enjoyed watching how he fleshed out the character of Beowulf, giving him far more dimension than the rather stilted script offered.
I think that is what I disliked about this movie. Most of the characters never achieved the level of credibility needed due to the stilted, and sometimes awkward dialogue, which ranged from poetic to middle-school boy's bathroom.
I didn't hate the film; I guess I just expected more from it.
was very impressed with the beauty of production. It is a very
unusual story and definitely not the usual 'hollywood' fare. The
story was real study in what is good and evil, and our perceptions
of heroes and villians. Not everything is always black and white. The scenery is unbelievably beautiful and other worldly. The
acting is good, especially Gerard Butler and Stellan Skaarsgard.
I understand it is going to be released later this month in limited
engagements in five or six major U.S. cities. There will also be
a DVD released in July from Canada.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An interesting version of the BeoWolf story...and of course, anything with Gerard Butler has got my vote.Published 2 months ago by Virginia
For a production that clearly put a lot of effort into historical details for clothing, buildings, even religion, so odd the story was left out. Read morePublished 3 months ago by RT
For those that fret over the 'revisionism' of this film, I fully understand as a historian. This is particularly true when the truth is reasonably well known about a particular... Read morePublished 4 months ago by HistoryNut
This is a very fine film. Loved the setting in Iceland. It was very difficult for cast and crew to make film during the Icelandic winter as shown in documentary, Wrath of Gods. Read morePublished 6 months ago by BarbaraT
Well made. Great actors. The environment is as adverse as it appears on the movie. The movie set team had to overcome and conquer just like the story in itself. Read morePublished 7 months ago by bt
Didn't set the world on fire, but nevertheless a pretty good movie. Good actors such as Gerard Butler and Stellan Skarsgård.Published 9 months ago by too many books