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Set against the coming of Christianity, this is the story of the last hero: in 507, a monstrous troll wreaks havoc in the mead hall of the Danish king, Hrothgar. He offers rewards for the death of Grendel, so Beowulf, a great and boastful Geat warrior, arrives with his thanes. Beowulf sets aside his armor and awaits the monster; a fierce battle ensues that leads to Beowolf's entering the watery lair of Grendel's mother, where a devil's bargain awaits. Beowulf returns to Herot, the castle, and becomes king. Jump ahead many years, and the sins of the father are visited upon Beowulf and his kingdom. The hero must face his weakness and be heroic once again. Is the age of demons over?
Victor, South Africa. 31 December 2014
The story shows us TWO kings who have been seduced by Grendelâ€™s mother, a union that resulted in strange and frightening offspring on both occasions? Yes, Angelina Jolieâ€™s naked golden body is wonderful. Somehow, most reviewers seem focused on that alone and not on the fact that she is not what she seems. We see her talons several times, especially when sheâ€™s cradling the dying Grendel.
I think this film is a terrific new art form. I found the film moving, dynamic, and even with the blood and guts, very poetic and sad. Like in traditional Chinese theatre, the sometimes immobile faces of this evolving filming technique contributed -- rather than detracted â€“ to the telling of the story.
I think this film (and use of the digitized technology) is storytelling at its best, even with the plot deviations that do not exist in the original. For example: At the filmâ€™s end, Beowulfâ€™s stalwart friend (and now the new king) stands in the waves contemplating the ship where Beowulfâ€™s body is being ceremonially burned. When he suddenly finds that magical dragon cup in the sand, and stares at the newly beautiful mother of Grendel, like Beowulf, he finds himself on the threshold of an important decision. Will this lead to more monsters? Probably so. Letâ€™s not forget that Hrogarth got this very same cup by killing a dragon. Was this dragon â€“ also his son?
In this modern age of frequently lackluster tales of vapid emotion, in my view this was a wonderful story about the secret darkness that exists in all human hearts.
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