Beowulf & Grendel (2005)

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In Denmark, during the 6th century, Danish king Hrothgar and his warriors kill a troll whose son, Grendel, vows revenge.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hringur Ingvarsson ...
Grendel (as Ingvar E. Sigurdsson)
Gunnar Eyjólfsson ...
Mark Lewis ...
King Hygelac
Elva Ósk Ólafsdóttir ...
Wealtheow (as Steinunn Ólína Thorsteinsdóttir)


The blood-soaked tale of a Norse warrior's battle against the great and murderous troll, Grendel. 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. The monster, Grendel, is not a creature of mythic powers, but one of flesh and blood - immense flesh and raging blood, driven by a vengeance from being wronged, while Beowulf, a victorious soldier in his own right, has become increasingly troubled by the hero-myth rising up around his exploits. Beowulf's willingness to kill on behalf of Hrothgar wavers when it becomes clear that the King is more responsible for the troll's rampages than was first apparent. As a soldier, Beowulf is unaccustomed to hesitating. His relationship with the mesmerizing witch, Selma, creates deeper confusion. Swinging his sword at a great, stinking beast is no longer such a simple act. The story is set in barbarous Northern Europe where the reign... Written by Roundstone Communications

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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9 March 2006 (Thailand)  »

Also Known As:

A Lenda de Grendel  »

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$4,360 (USA) (16 June 2006)


$66,851 (USA) (11 August 2006)

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In 1731, the original manuscript that the movie is based on was severely damaged by fire, along with several other medieval writings, in London UK. See more »


When the priest is on his knees praying at night, Grendel steps up behind him twice (from two different angles). See more »


Brendan the Celt: I'm told you're the Danes' king.
King Hrothgar: Celt, you're a ways from home.
Brendan the Celt: I am. But safe with the sword of Christ.
King Hrothgar: Christ, eh? Heard of him. You ever have much luck with trolls?
Brendan the Celt: I'm of the thought they never cross paths. But if you're willing to bow before Christ you shall feel the blessing of his great strength.
King Hrothgar: My gods don't ask me to bow.
Brendan the Celt: And nor should they dare if they won't protect you. To face God's foes is an honor. I've come to drive this evil out.
King Hrothgar: [laughts] With a stick?
Brendan the Celt: With the fire of Heaven!
King Hrothgar:
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A wasted opportunity.
3 October 2006 | by (Alaska) – See all my reviews

I didn't read anything before watching this. I was hoping that in the aftermath of Lord of the Rings Beowulf might also be a fairly good film. It looks good. The weather is great. Iceland is a joy to see. But that's about it. They really wasted a fine chance to bring us the dark ages in mythic form. And they really destroyed the meaning of the story.

The worst parts are these: Grendel is made into a sympathetic human figure who basically just speaks a different language. The real Grendel is a bloodthirsty carnivorous monster and is the inspiration for Tolkien's Gollum. He's much more like an animal than human. Thus a whole subplot about Grendel's hurt feelings makes the story into an oddly politically correct mess at its core.

Selma... Who the hell is Selma? Just a trendy pretty witch girl. She represents the old magic. She is sensitive and pseudo-mysterious. Now I like Sarah Polley as an actress. But without some dialogue coaching here, she sounds like a refugee from "The Craft", not someone from the past. And her and her son's hairstyles are likewise so much anachronistic tripe. And what was going on with her and Grendel? Brendan the Celtic Priest? Umm, do you think Europe was really Christianized by buffoons like this? This was just a poorly written "comment" upon the Christian implications of the original story. Or rather one more chance to say that the wonderful pagan world was ruined by idiot Christians. If they were going to get all of the Christianity out of the narrator's version they should have just done that without the unclever potshot at Christianity.

Beowulf. Not a bad actor, but where did he get that "What the F..." lingo? Let's just blame the low grade imagination of the screenwriter.

There are I suppose people who don't really care about the original poem. And people who will mistake this for some sort of treatment of the dark barbarian times. Don't be one of them. Educate yourself. Read the original.

The sad thing is that it will be years before someone can attempt to remake Beowulf as it should be done. They wasted their chance.

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