Beowulf Review

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Beowulf
Movie Review

Beowulf is a fantasy film with Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Robin Wright Penn, Brendan Gleeson,John Malkovich, Crispin Glover, Alison Lohman, and Angelina Jolie. The setting takes place between the 8th and the 11th century in Denmark and Sweden. It was written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary and directed by Robert Zemeckis. This film is an interpretation by the writers of an ancient poem with the same name. In 2007 it was released in the United Kingdom and United States and it caused many reactions, some were good and some were bad.

Beowulf is a legendary warrior who travels to Denmark in answer to the King Hrothgar’s request, to slay a monster called Grendel that has attacked the meal hall. Beowulf immediately becomes attracted to the king’s wife, Queen Wealtheow who does not love her husband and also becomes interested in him. In order to attract the monster back, Beowulf and his soldiers celebrate in the meal hall. Once Grendel comes back to attack everyone again, Beowulf notices that monster had hypersensitive hearing, which is why he interrupts Hrothgar's celebrations. Beowulf then tears Grendel’s arm off and as a reward the king gives him the golden drinking horn, which represents the time when he killed the dragon Fafnir. Grendel goes make to his cave and tells his mother what has been done to him, she then swears revenge. Once Beowulf finds out about Grendel’s mother and how she is the last Water Demon, he goes to the cave to kill her. She however offer’s him a deal, to make him the greatest king who ever lives if he gives her another son to replace Grendel and let her keep the golden horn. Beowulf gives in to her seduction and goes back to the kingdom claiming to have killed her. The king realizes what was happening and names Beowulf his successor as the king before committing suicide. Years later, the golden horn is found by a slave and returned to the King, Beowulf. He goes to the cave to return the horn to Grendel’s...
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