Several of my companions thought that she was Grendel and Selma's child's real mother! You should never see a movie based on numbers. Thus a whole subplot about Grendel's hurt feelings makes the story into an oddly politically correct mess at its core. While I really enjoyed Gerard Butler's performance I didn't see the true Beowulf coming through. Without going into the story, it can safely be said that the introduction of the hero Beowulf wonderfully played by Gerard Butler leads to a tale of honor, friendship, loyalty, bravery, horror, and retribution. At the time, there were a lot of hurricanes in the Atlantic, which results in very high winds. Tidak main-main, alur cerita dalam film ini diciptakan sangat menarik. Even the screenwriter, Andrew Berzins, was both surprised and impressed by the levels to which Mr.
I regret having spent money to see it. Despite some breathtaking scenery - there's little entertainment to be had here. Oh, it was moderately entertaining to a modern man and woman, the scenery was magnificent and the cinematography splendid - almost a given, these days. The Hero's journey, punctuated by pre-destined acts of violence, is one in which we participate and evolve along with Beowulf, with the assistance of the witch, Selma appropriately ambiguously played by the popular Canadian actress, Sarah Polley. Spoilers below: - They tried to stay close to the story, but in the original, none of the characters have much in the way of motivation; Grendel just shows up and starts killing people.
Grendal takes father's head and seeks revenge years later by attacking the mead hall. It should have been chopped because its unnecessary -- it seems like they just wanted Sarah Polley in the movie so they wrote this whole subplot just for her. While they weren't his cup of tea, he did find that Butler jumped off the screen. The quiet acceptance of her own violation is extremely troubling, as was her defense of Grendel. Watch this movie if it shows up in the dollar bin, and only if you've never had a taste for the ancient tale and have absolutely no other use for the next two hours. At least Stellan Skarsgard lets loose from time to time as Hrothgar. Why did the writers mess with a good thing? Selma, portrayed like the glassy calm surface of a deep river by Sarah Polley, is the conscience of the piece.
With Berzins' thoughtful and humorous script reflecting the real camaraderie of the talented cast, and Gunnarsson's direction reflecting his obvious love both for the story and for Iceland, we get a moving and beautiful film. It was refreshing to find myself sympathizing with the monster after he cuts his arm off to free himself. To me, the campfire-to-mead-hall timeless folktale would have been better served by a more primitive collection of instruments rather than the majestic orchestra suited to an epic. However, judged on its own merits, Beowulf and Grendel is a fine film. I was anticipating this movie from the time filming began, and what film can live up to a year's worth of my ruminations and expectations? I know it may seem harsh - but I'm going to have to give this a 3.
I was fortunate enough to view the world-premiere performance of Beowulf and Grendel at the Toronto International Film Festival this past September 14th, and I found it to be a hauntingly beautiful film, with some surprising comedic moments added into the mix. A star studded cast including the very handsome Gerry Butler The Phantom Of The Opera , the sweet Sarah Polley Road to Avonlea hit television series , another Scottish hunk Tony Curran Flight Of The Phoenix and Martin Delaney. I saw this film at its world premiere in Toronto, and was so moved by it, I had to see it a second time on Friday before I went home. There's a reason the story of Beowulf is considered an epic that has been remembered for hundreds of years -- its a great, great story. Her gaze is wide open - holding no illusion about the goodness of human nature and rather discomfiting to Beowulf.
The film will be added to my personal movie collection to be enjoyed for years to come. The story of Beowulf is an ancient one, and told beautifully and powerfully in this amazing cast lead by the incomparable Gerard Butler. I saw this film at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival. I can't say I didn't enjoy myself because I love the story of Beowulf but I really expected something much better. Will the fat lady please sing so this show can end? Let me first say that Grendel engaged me throughout the movie. Grendel is splendidly brought to heartbreaking life by Iceland's biggest Star, Ingvar Sigurdsson. Instead, he relies on the talents of an impressive international cast and an intelligent screenplay against the backdrop of a stunningly primal Icelandic landscape upon which no human had set foot in 800 years.
It is a film infused with humor, heart, suspense, and qualities of character and motivation which make it memorable indeed! Swinging his sword at a great, stinking beast is no longer such a simple act. That and the odd swear word thrown in by Beowulf and Hrothgar. The musical score, sets, costumes, armor and weaponry, and especially the landscape filmed entirely in Iceland! If they were going to get all of the Christianity out of the narrator's version they should have just done that without the unclever potshot at Christianity. The film looks epic, thanks to the on-location filming in Iceland. Was it Ingvar Sigurdsson's acting skills to express intense emotions and engage the audience despite virtually any words in the script and enough prosthetic make-up to impede facial expressions? She plays the part almost without affect, as if all her actions were the product of cool rational thought, and didn't matter very much, anyway.
How and why we assign those roles is at the heart of the first-ever serious adaptation of the anonymous poem. I know the story well and yet I couldn't follow it during certain parts. Gunnarsson feels that Polley brings something to the moral conscience of the story. So much of Western Civilization's history has come to us written down by Christian men and as such carries a certain bias. The way he saw through the Danes' hatred of Grendel and why Grendel is a monster, was very characteristic of Beowulf.
I felt like I missed out on some important parts. 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. The soundtrack was indeed beautiful, but personally, I don't think it fit. Now I like Sarah Polley as an actress. The story was originally told to inspire warriors to be stronger men. We a Christian priest baptizing people, Beowulf meets the witch and we see Beowulf's doubts and Hrothgar's problems. The comic relief serves, as in Shakespeare's tragedies, to lighten and make palatable the raw impact of some harsh realities revealed.