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In the age of heroes comes the mightiest warrior of them all, Beowulf. After destroying the overpowering demon Grendel, he incurs the undying wrath of the beast's ruthlessly seductive mother, who will use any means possible to ensure revenge. The ensuing epic battle resonates throughout the ages, immortalizing the name of Beowulf.
The process of creating Beowulf was more interesting than the movie itself--though many of the movie's fans will be disappointed that the "making-of" featurette does not include Angelina Jolie in her skin tight motion-capture suit. We do, however, get to see Ray Winstone (who admits he has a less than heroic physique), live horses bedecked with plastic dots, a "Robo-Grendel," wire props painted fluorescent pink and orange, and a poor production assistant whose job is scooping up horse poop. Other featurettes discuss the monster design (including giving a sea monster a single eye because, apparently, cyclopean creatures have mythological street cred); how excited the filmmakers were to combine Winstone's gruff voice with a preposterously burly bod; and a brief bit discussing the original epic poem, how much director Robert Zemeckis hated it, and the various liberties the screenwriters took with it. But for anyone interested in computer animation, the most interesting extra feature may be the deleted scenes. Because they were cut long before the animation was finished, they show the process at a variety of different stages--at some points the faces don't even move, making Beowulf look like a Thunderbirds-style puppet movie. --Bret Fetzer
- A Hero's Journey: The Making of Beowulf
- Beasts of Burden
- The Origins of Beowulf
- Creating the Ultimate Beowulf
- The Art of Beowulf
- Deleted scenes
- Theatrical trailer
- Easter Eggs: Coffee Break with John Malkovich
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Though the animated movie does not follow the book,while I did read it 10+ years ago and it was not fresh on my mind,this does not detract from the movie on its own,if your into the sword&sorcery fantasy genre buy this movie you will enjoy it as much as I have.
"I am Ripper... Tearer... Slasher... Gouger. I am the Teeth in the Darkness, the Talons in the Night. Mine is Strength... and Lust... and Power! I AM BEOWULF!"
With a line like that how cn you not love this movie?!?!
This film is broadly based on an Old English heroic epic poem of the title name. It is set in Scandinavia in the late 5th century, and is commonly cited as one of the most important works of Anglo-Saxon literature. In the poem, Beowulf has defeats three main enemies:
 Grendel - a very large troll
 Grendel's mother
 A Great Dragon
The third battle takes place 50 years after the first two. At this time, he has become king of the Geats, unfortunately in this battle he is fatally wounded.
An Animated Marvel:
This film is an animated using motion capture techniques. The animators did an excellent job in making all the actors, monsters and sets look very realistic. This film is one of the most life-like animations that are available; this alone makes the movie a collector's piece.
The action unfolds quickly, as the immoral behavior of a king come back to haunt him. Grendel is a vicious man-eating troll that hates the sound of merrymaking and puts an abrupt stop to it.
Enter Beowulf, who's mission in life seems to be to seek out and destroy monsters that threaten humankind. Strangely enough, he baits Grendel, and awaits him complete naked. The action is fast paced and the fighting is brutal and gory at times.
There are some surprises and the level of action is taken to even higher heights as he battles the dragon in the climax of this film.
Excellent graphical content, acceptable storyline, and lots of action.