Beowulf & Grendel
Category: Beowulf & Grendel News | Posted by: admin
Article Date: July 1, 2006 | Publication: MovieMaxMagazine | Author: Nathalja Boogaard
Of course it is a known fact that J.R.R. Tolkien was a gifted writer who made the fantasy genre famous, but originally he was an English Professor. In this capacity he was not only familiar with, but also loved an Old-English, heroic and epic poem named Beowulf.
Rumor has it that it even inspired him to write The Lord of the Rings. The poem manuscript can not be dated accurately, but it appears to be from the 10th century. It tells the tale of the battle that Beowulf engages into with the monstrous troll Grendel. The monster has ruled the town of Heorot for years and the courageous warrior Beowulf manages to outwit him. This infuriates Grendel's mother and once again Beowulf has to prove himself as the strongest. In the fantasy film Beowulf & Grendel, the ancient story is given a liberal interpretation for the white screen. The movie was filmed in Iceland, and this produces a multitude of magnificent scenes that really do justice to the natural beauty of that environment. And that is just one of the strong points of this production, because Beowulf & Grendel holds its own when compared to some of the better fantasy movies.
The acting is good (lead rolls by, amongst others, Stellan Skarsgård and Gerard Butler) and the plot line is fairly plausible. Definitely a recommendation!
Thanks to mathprof and Roosmarijn for the translation!!