Beowulf & Grendel

Beowulf & Grendel

Beowulf & Grendel

A medieval adventure, based on the 1000 year old Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf. It tells the tale of a Viking hero's battle against Grendel, a murderous troll who is terrorising the village of the Danish King Hrothgar. Beowulf's determination to aid his kin falters as it becomes clear to him that the King carries the responsibility for the Troll's bloody rages. This film reveals what happens when mercy, vengeance and loyalty collide, stripping away the hero-myth in a beer-soaked story.

2005104 minsCanada, Iceland, UK
AdventureDramaFantasy

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Beowulf & Grendel | Reviews

Variety

Variety

Icelandic-shot version of the legendary revenge saga is visually arresting and plausibly retrofitted for modern consumption, but lacks the savage bite that might have given the sixth century-set tale real impact...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

With all the mystery and meaning sucked from the story, the filmmakers do what filmmakers often do when faced with their own lack of imagination: they toss a little sex in with the violence...

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

The accents, the dialogue and the ribald tone is all over the place in this Icelandic production of cosmopolitan cast. Think Monty Python meets The Lord of the Rings somewhere cold, coastal and scenic - in this case the wilds of Iceland which, visually, more than make up for a fantasy film eschewing computer effects or decent makeup for its lead hairy beastie...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Gunnarsson's film ultimately lacks the grandeur and wit necessary to make the legend fully come alive. Still, the film does offer certain kicks to those who like their action films infused with fantastical elements and benefits greatly from its highly effective lead performances...

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

A muscular, ardently naturalistic retelling of the ninth-century Anglo-Saxon saga...

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