Despite this, the film is one of the more faithful film adaptations and attempts to be somewhat accurate in costuming to the 6th century. Grendel is a 1971 novel by american author john gardner. The storyline and script are simplistic at points and the acting is sometimes below standard. Beowulf and grendel beowulf and grendel are actually the same stories in the fact that they are based on the same epic beowulf. As beowulf and his band of warriors search for the vicious and elusive grendel, he crosses paths with selma sarah polley, a beautiful and. Though he has many animal attributes and a grotesque, monstrous appearance, he seems to be guided by vaguely human emotions and impulses, and he shows more of an interior life than one might expect. The film is ahistorical in many details beginning with the fact that it took place in denmark, not iceland, where the geography looks markedly different no icebergs. The ogre is vulnerable because beowulf uses no weapons, and the hero has the strength of 30 men in his grip. The movie systematically leads us through a labyrinth of history, cultures, the psychosocial reaction to outsiders and the unfortunate results of those actions to. Beowulf simple english wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. After watching this movie several times now, i find that i cant get sick of it. Based on the seminal 9th century anglosaxon poem, beowulf, it tells the bloodsoaked tale of a norse warriors battle against a great and murderous troll, grendel, who has laid seige to the kingdom of hrothgar, the much respected king of the danes. Grendels mother in film beowulf 840 words essay example.
King higlack of the gauths entrusts prince finn and a fire ball weapon to his champion, slayer beowulf. Eventually grendel crashes the party, and beowulf leads the charge, bouncing off beast and walls completely naked, his genitals hidden by convenient obstructions. The narrator of beowulf claims that grendels motivation is hearing hrothgars bard sing songs about gods creation of the world, which rubs his demonic nature the wrong way. Out of allegiance to the king hrothgar, the much respected lord of the danes, beowulf leads a troop of warriors across the sea to rid a village of the marauding monster. In a besieged land, beowulf must battle against the hideous creature grendel and his.
In many ways, grendel is the most interesting character in the epic. Beowulf s army slaughters its enemies on the battlefield. Beowulf begins with grendel literally ripping apart his victims and ends with beowulf tearing the stillbeating heart out of a dragon. Beowulf and grendel is a 2005 of icelandiccanadian viking film directed by sturla gunnarsson that retells the story of beowulf in a somewhat revisionist manner. Directed by sturla gunnarsson, starring gerard butler as beowulf. Beowulf, that is told of here is translated by kevin crossleyholland, and there are many different translations which makes beowulf the epic so interchangeable.
Firstly, its got a much better beowulf in gerry butler, freshly graduated from strathclyde universitys law department and in his absolute prime here. May 07, 2019 grendels mother is not different from other women, and she exposes this by her revengeful attack on the camp. Grendels mother also sometimes called hag in the old viking beowulf saga is one of the three main antagonists in the viking saga beowulf as well as its many retellings over the years. Grendel quotes in beowulf the beowulf quotes below are all either spoken by grendel or refer to grendel. Grendel is a 2007 american actionfantasy television film directed by nick lyon and very loosely based on the anglosaxon epic poem beowulf. Grendels mother is one of the most devious characters. The bloodsoaked tale of a norse warriors battle against the great and murderous troll, grendel. Grendels mother kills almost an entire group of warriors, who are shown as shadowy, bloody figures hanging from ceiling beams. Trying to give us the true story behind the epic, the movie only. The toronto star has discovered that gerard butler has many devoted fans south of the border, and many of them have gone to great length to be able to see beowulf and grendel. Mar 22, 2020 firstly, its got a much better beowulf in gerry butler, freshly graduated from strathclyde universitys law department and in his absolute prime here.
The old hall was destroyed by the monster grendel, whose wretched life consists of being the ugliest creature on earth, and destroying mead halls. This is depicted when she seduces beowulf while being disguised as a beautiful woman. Beowulf is a classical epic poem which describes beowulfs heroic deeds and his acts towards bringing justice and peace to the scandinavian society by eradicating grendel. Despite the impressive icelandic scenery, beowulf and grendel fails to find its. It stars gerard butler as beowulf, stellan skarsgard as hrothgar, ingvar eggert sigur. Likely the poems most memorable creation, grendel is one of the three monsters that beowulf battles. Beowulf dismembers grendels arm after a long handtohand battle. The character of grendel in beowulf from litcharts the. The giant claw later hangs from heorots roof as a trophy. As grendel begins his slaughter of the kings 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. With remarkable costuming, enchanting scenes, and the handsome face of gerard butler, this movie has the makings to. In between, enough virtual blood is spilled to fill a second life swimming pool.
Beowulfs battle with grendel and the soaring, dipping, weaving sequence with the dragon near the end. In a besieged land, beowulf must battle against the hideous creature grendel and his vengeance seeking mother. I dont remember exactly what i said in commentary on the dvd, but i would still maintain that beowulf had not been filmed when we took it on. Grendel, a 12foottall monstrosity, shreds his victims like paper dolls. With christopher lambert, rhona mitra, oliver cotton, gotz otto. Op het beroemde oudengelse epische gedicht beowulf gebaseerd. This is purely a medieval action flick with plotting loosely based on the original epic poem. They lead twelve men on a mission to help king hrothgar of the danes, whose once glorious realm is terrorized by the undefeated monster grendel. The film was a cooperative effort among eurasia motion pictures canada, spice factory uk, and bjolfskvida iceland, and it was filmed in iceland. Beowulf 1999 film beowulf and grendel 2005 film grendel 2007 film. The novelist john gardner wrote a book called grendel that explores these ideas about grendel more fully, and tells of the events of beowulf from grendel s point of view. The anglosaxon poem, beowulf, was originally told orally then. Met gerard butler, benedikt clausen en stellan skarsgard. She uses her womanly charms to lure beowulf when he goes to her lair to kill her.
Mar 09, 2006 the bloodsoaked tale of a norse warriors battle against the great and murderous troll, grendel. The monster, according to this charity paradigm, is just misunderstood rather than evil. Entertainment has different measures and can be personalprivate or more general as well as social forms of home entertainment. Sometimes only ideas or themes are taken from the story. Here is information about some of the best and most noteworthy film adaptations of beowulf. Grendel s mother kills almost an entire group of warriors, who are shown as shadowy, bloody figures hanging from ceiling beams.
The television film was produced by the sci fi channel as an original movie for broadcasting on the sci fi cable television network, and began airing on january, 2007. Most other beowulf films show grendel as a gigantic monster of sorts while this film shows grendel as a wildman who has been wronged by a greedy and arrogan king in his youth. It is a retelling of part of the old english poem beowulf from the perspective of the antagonist, grendel. Its the kind of film that will appeal immensely to the 300 audience, although its not as visceral or as grandiose as the earlier production. Spectacle and highwattage action interweave in the movies two most impressive fight scenes. If youre looking for a beowulf film that feels accurate to the tone and plot of the original poemthough. The warrior fights the monster grendel, and his mother, but strangely the events that provide the inciting incident for zemekiss film are the climax here, with ensuing pacing issues.
Released in 2005, the film attempts to recreate fifth or sixthcentury scandinavia. Beowulf himself looks the part, with the body of adonis and a full head of hair but the second that ray winstone speaks, the whole film jumps the shark and the only sane response is to snigger. Beowulf is obsessed with these spaces, the borders between civilization and wilderness. The film opens with a scene of the danes hunting down grendels father and also grendel when he was a child. Dormer wrote the series based on the poem beowulf and executiveproduced it along with haines and newman, while stephen smallwood produced the series. Grendel and beowulf, this paper will explore the elements of beowulf in such a light. In this thoroughly updated version of the seminal anglo saxon poem, the battlescarred norse hero beowulf gerard butler king leonidas in 300 leads a troop of warriors across the sea to help an old friend, king hrothgar stellan skarsgard pirates of the caribbean. This is why the film is ccalled beowulf and grendel and not simply beowulf. Grendels mother is not different from other women, and she exposes this by her revengeful attack on the camp. Beowulf and grendel was a smash hit at the sarasota film festival. The story of beowulf has often been told in books, plays, and films. The novelist john gardner wrote a book called grendel that explores these ideas about grendel more fully, and tells of the events of beowulf from grendels point of view. Keeping the monster alive also dovetails with the actionfilm formula in which a hero the dashing gerard butler as beowulf battles a villain.
This is a very updated version of the anglosaxon poem beowulf, using contemporary english. Ill start with writer andrew rai berzins, who says that he was drawn to the beowulf story in part because it had never been filmed. As grendel begins his slaughter of the kings 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. In 3d mode, audiences sometimes get doused with the stuff. The series began airing in the united kingdom on 3 january 2016 and in the united states from 23 january 2016. Beowulf is a british epic fantasy drama television series broadcast by itv.
With remarkable costuming, enchanting scenes, and the handsome face of gerard butler, this movie has the makings to be the next big hit. Grendels father was killed by the danes, over a fish he had stolen from them. Drama actie film geregisseerd door sturla gunnarsson. The warrior beowulf must fight and defeat the monster grendel, who is terrorizing denmark, and later, grendel s mother, who begins killing out of revenge. The narrator of beowulf claims that grendel s motivation is hearing hrothgars bard sing songs about gods creation of the world, which rubs his demonic nature the wrong way. Jul 07, 2006 keeping the monster alive also dovetails with the action film formula in which a hero the dashing gerard butler as beowulf battles a villain the imposing ingvar sigurdsson as grendel while. It was created by james dormer, tim haines and katie newman. Beowulf dismembers grendel s arm after a long handtohand battle. Sometimes the full story is told, sometimes just parts of the story.291 1440 854 627 737 1069 937 887 897 1319 142 603 140 1479 900 799 1150 833 680 1412 1126 794 101 1496 473 1247 262 746 838 1191 1443 625 398 1073