'Beowulf' (2007) is set in Denmark in the year 507 AD This epic old English poem and ancient tale of heroism and betrayal is greeted enterta
'Beowulf' (2007) is set in Denmark in the year 507 AD This epic old English poem and ancient tale of heroism and betrayal is greeted entertaining to life in this screen adaptation which is stunning animated using computer generated graphics, sword and sandals fantasy adventure movie. A beguiling and thoroughly enjoy film, with picturesque Icelandic vistas shot by Jan Kiesser and a timeless theme of religious conflict (Christian versus Nordic paganism) and intolerance.
Originally made in 3D, to best show off the special effects, the movie is a must have DVD for your home cinema, especially the director's cut version, with special features about the technical creation of the movie, design and filming, which makes interesting viewing .
Anthony Hopkins plays elderly King Hrothgar, set in a time of demons and dragons, warriors and temptresses in this Viking land. King Hrothgar, to the approval of his Queen, Wealthow (Robin Wright Penn) celebrates his contocation of other lands and accumulated wealth with drunken cavorting revelry in his new mead hall, where the assembled warriors and wenches make merry with mead, singing and dancing.
However, in a dark cave not far away, lurks the huge, half-demon, half-human grotesque Grendel (Crispin Glover) who is fired into a rage at hearing all these sounds of revelry and strikes a horrific violent attack on the mead hall and its 'revelers, killing and maiming many of the brave warriors with his own flesh seemingly imperfect to most weapons despite sparing the Kings' life, because of past history between the two. After this blood-bath the beast returns to his cavern where his mother, a water demon (Angelina Jolie) comforts him.
The next day King Hrothgar makes it publicly known that he's willing to pay a handsome sum to rid his kingdom of Grendel. A hero steps forward proclaiming himself defender of the realm – Beowulf (Ray Winstone). Beowulf and his fellow Geats pledge to kill the monster in exchange for gold and a kingdom.
Although at first Grendel looks invincible, Beowulf historically manages to defeat him in a desperate battle to the death. Devastated by her son's violent demise at the hands of Beowulf, Grendel's mother, a splendidly sexy naked water siren, sets out in search of revenge. Later, Beowulf faces the biggest challenge of his life when he attempts to slay a powerful dragon.
The movie is a spell-binder, a fully fledged cinematic assault on the senses, as if an old painting of Norse Gods had sprung to life and begon rising spears, arrows complete with geysers of blood spurting in all directions and exceptional sound effects. A celebration of bold, carnivorous manhood married with up-to-date technical wizardry and punctuated with sly humor and a surprisingly sophisticated sting in its' tale.