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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality Scenic Film With A Great Sense Of Humor
I just saw this film in San Francisco. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from this troll myth but some gory violence and primitive script spoken with unintelligible accent.

So I was more than pleasantly surprised when the impacting music and the spectacular pristine scenery quickly took me into the world where a giant's young son experiences a major trauma...
Published on July 6 2006 by Mic Murdoch

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1.0 out of 5 stars stinky
This movie makes me embaressed to be both a Canadian and a fan of the fantasy genre. I can only assume that the author of the previous review was involved in the making of the film, due to the fact that I have never seen such over the top praise of such an amateurish, unfunny, boring, uninspired and ultimately uninteresting production. Yes the scenery is pretty, but...
Published on June 2 2006 by J. Fernando


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Selma (Sarah Polley) can bewitch you with her forwardness and charm, Jan. 20 2008
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Beowulf and Grendel (Widescreen) (DVD)
The story is now nearly two thousand years old. We are used to the written version that was solidified centuries later. This story in the original tradition places a different slant on the tale while holding close to the original. If told verbatim this would be a twenty minute movie so some of the information was filled in from inference. The ending has been changed to pose a new question and allow for a possible sequel.

The Dane King Hrothgar (Stellan Skarsgård) crosses paths with a troll (instead of some Harry Potter or Shreck type creature this is more of a Neanderthal) who had the audacity to steal a fish. That is a killing offence. Unfortunately after the troll is dispatched Hrothgar realizes he left a trollet behind. Through an act of kindness or for some other reason he lets the little Grendel (Hringur Ingvarsson) survive. Now grown up Grendel (Ingvar E. Sigurdsson. Actually two actors) as required by tradition takes revenge on Danes.

With out knowing the facts the Geet hero Beowulf (Gerard Butler,) (twelve years later, even though they are a day's sail away) hears about King Hrothgar plight and takes his men to the rescue. There he meets a distraught King, a mad monk, a witchy woman and an illusive and cunning Grendel.

One thing that gives the film worth is that Grendel may be strong but mortal and Beowulf is not as strong as 30 men; this makes the tale more like something that could have really happened and turned into a myth.

You will enjoy the real scenery and the refreshing absence of all that mind warping CGI.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Nov. 1 2011
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This review is from: Beowulf and Grendel (Widescreen) (DVD)
I thought this was an OK movie. It only deals with a portion of the Beowolf novel. It is certainly a good effort.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beowulf and Grendel - a legend, Nov. 20 2010
This review is from: Beowulf and Grendel (Widescreen) (DVD)
As most legends go, the story is quite intricate. I had never heard of it and found it quite interesting. The movie is somewhat gory, as a lot of other movies these days, but the acting takes you beyond this (mostly). I will definitely watch it again... and again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The bones of the story, July 31 2007
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Vance L. Schowalter "movie man" (Edmonton, AB Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Beowulf and Grendel (Widescreen) (DVD)
Some regard this film as an international movie. The truth is, without the Canadian screenwriter and director, this film would never have happened. And in spite of the rugged beauty of Iceland, the the horrendous weather of the late season filming almost destroyed the production.

The whole concept of this film was based around, "What would it be like if Beowulf were based on an event that actually happened? How might we tell it?"

One of the biggest complaints of the movie is in regards to the amount of swearing. The swearing actually goes way way back in history and one must remember that Christianity was not the big thing back then, as well as the culture itself being non-Christian (pagan). To the critics I say, lighten up and realize that there is more than one kind of belief system in the world.

People argue that it's not true to the original story. But the film makers had to make a creative choice, stay true to the sanitized barbarians who bore no resemblance to the scandinavians of the time, or stay true to the feel of the age while re-envisioning one third of the original story to make it feel like something that could have actually happened. It's simply not possible for a man to totally rip Grendel's arm completely off. Try pulling a wing off an uncooked chicken and it'll give you a good idea.

If you watch the film carefully, you won't see Beowulf's men seeing what Beowulf sees. For example, on their journey to Daneland, nobody sees the sea witch grab Beowulf's arm, as he had his back to them. That's why they look at him wondering why he was suddenly so upset. The men don't see Grendel's arm come off as he killed the one witness (apart from Beowulf) before prying off his arm with a spear head for leverage. Hence, when the men start retelling the story of Beowulf, they do what most of us would do (even historians). They embellish to make for better telling.

As for Selma's accent, although she is a Dane, she is also an outcast. Having her use a modern accent helps to set her apart as an outcast, and to being someone who is somewhat ahead of her time in moral sensibilities.

Grendel was a child who lost his father figure and had emotionally been stunted from it when he grew up. He was essentially a kid in an adult body. And we all know how much trouble kids and teens get into when they don't have adult supervision.

Someone is going to make a note for note production of Beowulf one day that scholars will be happy with. And the day that it happens, movie goers will have to watch this film to get a good sense of the reality that the Beowulf saga had sprung from, because they won't find it in the happy scholar version.

I only hope that financing will come to allow this group of filmmakers to get back together and complete parts 2 when Beowulf becomes king and 3 when Beowulf dies after slaying a dragon. It would be great to see how the dragon would be portayed.

This film will not make the insane amounts of money that your typical Hollywood epic will make. But it has the substance, the campfire story-telling feel, the honesty of a ripping good yarn, to ensure that it never vanishes the way that so many other films have before and since.
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7 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars stinky, June 2 2006
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J. Fernando (Toronto) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Beowulf and Grendel (Widescreen) (DVD)
This movie makes me embaressed to be both a Canadian and a fan of the fantasy genre. I can only assume that the author of the previous review was involved in the making of the film, due to the fact that I have never seen such over the top praise of such an amateurish, unfunny, boring, uninspired and ultimately uninteresting production. Yes the scenery is pretty, but believe me, that's all this movie has going for it. I'm done wasting any more effort on reviewing a movie which has already stolen 2 hours of my life. Take heed, you have been warned.
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