Beowulf and Grendel (2005) Movie Review

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Beowulf and Grendel (2005)

2005 | R | Drama, Action, Fantasy, Adventure
103 minutes / 1h 43min

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Beowulf and Grendel Plot Synopsis:

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 of the many-gods is giving way to one - the southern invader, Christ. Beowulf is a man caught between sides in this great shift, his simple code transforming and falling apart before his eyes. Vengeance, loyalty and mercy powerfully entwine. A story of blood and beer and sweat, which strips away the mask of the hero-myth, leaving a raw and tangled tale.

Beowulf and Grendel (2005) Review

Sturla Gunnarsson directed Beowulf & Grendel (2005) won 1 movie award and was nominated for 6 more awards. This Beowulf & Grendel film grossed $66,851 at the US box office.

Beowulf & Grendel has been changed from the classical representation to a more modern interpretation as to what if the demon depicted in the story was not a demon. In this movie, Grandall is shown as the primitive missing link of man, an advanced Neanderthal. It explains his hugeness and his longer than usual arms. Also, primitive man is speculated to have had greater strength than modern day man. Still a story of revenge, Grandall takes revenge on those who killed his father. Grendel’s mother is also depicted as another primitive species in the shape as life began in the sea so what if; I’ll leave it at that.

Beowulf & Grendel is a great movie that I very much enjoyed. Makeup artists should be praised in this movie as well. The Beowulf in this movie is not as legendary feeling in this movie though. The cast did all they could, but I still could not help but expect a little more mysticism in the storyline. I loved the re-imagining of the same old story made in films so many times, but I still thought the full vision of the film could have been experienced fully in a bigger budget movie.

  • Beowulf and Grendel Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 5.90
  • IMDB: 5.9
  • MetaCritic: 5.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 4.7

About Beowulf and Grendel 2005

Title: Beowulf and Grendel
AKA: Beowulf & Grendel
Year: 2005
Runtime: 103 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Drama, Action, Fantasy, Adventure
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.95/5 stars from 16,609 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 16,609
MPAA Rating: R
Beowulf and Grendel Cast Starring: Stellan Skarsgård, Stellan Skarsgård, Spencer Wilding, Tony Curran, Eddie Marsan, Gerard Butler, Sarah Polley, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Ronan Vibert, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Mark Lewis, Rory McCann, Helgi Marteinn Ingason, Þórður Helgi Guðjónsson, Tómas Axel Ragnarsson, Kristín Hrönn Gunnarsdóttir, Gísli Örn Garðarsson, Guðmundur Karl Sigurdórsson, Daði Freyr Guðjónsson, Gunnar Hansson, Bárður Smárason, Egill Ólafsson, Benedikt Clausen, Bryjar Ágústsson, Tómas Axel Ragnarsson, Steindór Andersen, Guðmundur Karl Sigurdórsson, Matt John Evans, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Bárður Smárason
Beowulf and Grendel Writers: Anonymous, Andrew Rai Berzins
Beowulf and Grendel Director: Sturla Gunnarsson
Production: Union Station Media
Language: English, Latin, Icelandic
Country: Canada, UK, Iceland, USA, Australia