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Computer-generated images allowed the director, Robert Zemeckis, far more freedom than live-action filming would permit. Zemeckis has already made an all-CG movie, The Polar Express (2004) (2004), and knows its benefits. For this film, they include:
- camera moves that would not otherwise be possible;
- greater control over the art direction;
- greater ability to convincingly age the main character, who must grow fifty years over the course of the story;
- keeping costs down;
- the relative ease of creating 3-D images: once a scene is built for one 'eye', the other eye's view can be created by repositioning the virtual camera and re-rendering; and
- images that look especially good in 3-D processes, such as IMAX or Real D.
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He is speaking in Old English (sometimes called the Anglo-Saxon language), from which modern English is derived. It is closer to its German roots. Here are his lines, translated (some of Grendel's mother's words are in Old English as well):
(In Grendel's Lair, after his first attack)
GRENDEL'S MOTHER: Grendel, what have you done? What have you done, Grendel?
GRENDEL'S MOTHER: Fish and wolf and bear, and sheep or two, but not men.
GRENDEL: Men? They are small.
GRENDEL'S MOTHER: Men, Grendel. They have slain so many of our kind.
GRENDEL: The men screamed! The men bellowed and screamed! The men hurt me, hurt my ear.
GRENDEL'S MOTHER: Was Hrothgar there?
GRENDEL: I did not hurt him, I did not hurt him, no.
GRENDEL'S MOTHER: Good. Good boy, and tender.
(Beowulf and Grendel battle in the mead hall)
BEOWULF: Your bloodletting days are finished, demon.
GRENDEL: I am not a demon.
BEOWULF: It speaks. It speaks!
GRENDEL: What are you?
BEOWULF: I am ripper, tearer, slasher, gouger....
(Grendel returns to his lair)
GRENDEL'S MOTHER: Grendel. My son. My poor son.
GRENDEL: Mother. They hurt me, Mother.
GRENDEL'S MOTHER: Sleep now, my son.
GRENDEL: He murdered me, Mother.
GRENDEL'S MOTHER. Who murdered you, my son?
GRENDEL: He ripped off my arm.
GRENDEL'S MOTHER: He will pay, my darling. Who was the man?
GRENDEL: He was so strong. So strong.
GRENDEL'S MOTHER: Who was the man?
GRENDEL: His name was Beowulf.
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John Murphy's In the House - In a Heartbeat from the soundtrack for 28 Days Later... (2002) (2002).
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Hrothgar was Grendel's father. The overrunning theme of the movie is that Grendel's mother takes a beautiful human form and seduces men into giving her a son, in return for riches or a kingdom. This is why Hrothgar kills himself after Beowulf makes a similar deal with Grendel's mother; he realises that she was coming to kill him anyway. Edit (Coming Soon)