- Summary: Beowulf & Grendel is a medieval adventure, part legendary fable, part horror-story. Based on the seminal 9th century Anglo-Saxon poem, Beowulf, it tells the blood-soaked tale of a Norse warrior's battle against a great and murderous troll, Grendel, who has laid seige to the kingdom of Hrothgar, the much respected king of the Danes. (Equinoxe Films)… Expand
- Director: Sturla Gunnarsson
- Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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75Credit Icelandic director Sturla Gunnarsson for having an ambitious vision: He took a look at the eighth-century epic poem "Beowulf" and decided he could cut it down to size. And he has, for better and worse.
58Removing many of the mythical elements of the tale is an intriguing idea that would undoubtedly have paid richer dividends if it didn't mean relying on a heavy who looks like a cross between a Neanderthal on steroids and stilts, and an unusually hirsute wrestler.
25Imagine the worst "Deadwood" episode ever, and you'll get an idea of the general tone of Beowulf & Grendel, which is full of anachronistic cursing, tortured syntax, dark humor and lots of hairy, homely, filthy-looking people.
MarkC.9The movie gave more to the story than the legend. It showed the human part of grendel and his tragic story and how beowulf is struggling with his problems. But the sex scenes were wierd.… Expand
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Pros
Cinematography, dramatic landscapes (filmed in Iceland)
Crazy, timeless story
Swords, armour, Vikings a plenty (a la 13th Warrior, LOTR)
Difficult to understand some of the accents and dialogue (Scottish, Irish, Scandinavian tongues all in the mix). Some of the tongue in cheek humour didn't seem quite appropriate.
Ended with the thud
Few action sequences (one expected more)… Expand
TonyR.4Slow moving, poor use of plot tools, poorly cast (with the exception of Grendel). The film's only saving grace is occasionally interesting cinematography. If you're looking for a slice of Viking life, you're better off withThe 13th Warrioir.… Expand