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Beowulf The Legend

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Stacy Moore
Professor Graham
EN 231
July 27, 2016
Beowulf the Legend The action packed, fantasy film Beowulf, released in 2007 is an animated 3D film inspired by the fictional old English epic poem Beowulf. The film was directed and produced by Robert Zemeckis, and contains an all-star cast including, Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie, Ray Winstone, Jon Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn, Brenden Gleeson, Crispin Glover and Alison Lohman. The film is a loose adaption of the epic poem Beowulf, and the screenwriters, Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary have weaved various tidbits of differences throughout the film, adding a touch of “Hollywood” to the story. Avary is a Hollywood screenwriter, and Gaiman is a well-accomplished author across a huge number of
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Beowulf, the movie differs in various ways from the original poem, including some degree of deception on Beowulf’s part and the characterization of the cast, it is still an amazing work displaying a heroic, super human being that in the final moments ultimately sacrificed his own life for the sake of his kingdom. Beowulf, the film is about a monster slaying, heroic, seemingly superhuman man that sails to Denmark to slay Grendel, the demon spawn offspring of King Hrothgar and Grendel’s mother, a water demon portrayed by Angelina Jolie. King Hrothgar closed the mead hall in following an attack of Grendel, but Beowulf is adamant that in order to draw out Grendel, they must reopen the hall and celebrate. Beowulf encourages his men to sing, knowing how Grendel does not like loud noises, and as he guessed, Grendel is pained and irritated by the noise and attacks Beowulf and his men. Beowulf, wanting a fair fight, undresses and takes on Grendel unarmed. Grendel is in fear of Beowulf and tries to escape once his arm is wrapped in a chain, but Beowulf uses the door to rip Grendel’s arm from his body, ultimately killing him. Beowulf is awarded the …show more content…
The most noted difference being that in the poem, Beowulf actually kills Grendel’s mother, who is described as a beast. In the movie, she is portrayed as a beautiful seductress, naked and dripping with gold, and he is unsuccessful at killing her, rather he is seduced by her. In the poem Beowulf bring back the severed head of Grendel, but in the movie, Grendel’s mother severs his head and sends it with Beowulf in attempt to fool the King. Another major difference in the movie and the poem is the characterization of King Hrothgar. In the poem, the king is characterized as noble king, caring for his land and people, however the movie puts the Hollywood spin on his character and he is depicted as a drunken, lazy, womanizing man with no real concern for his people. Other differences are that in the poem, Beowulf rips Grendel’s arm off with his bare hands, yet in the movie, his arm is severed after being trapped in the door. The poem portrays the cave to Grendel’s mother as guarded by sea monsters, which Beowulf kills, however in the book, the cave is dark and quiet, and he does not encounter any monsters in his attempt to reach her. The poem ends with Beowulf being burned at a pyre, and buried, while the movie shows Beowulf on a boat being burned at sea. The final moment of the movie has a slight twist as Beowulf’s best friend, Wiglaf is watching the boat burn and mourning the loss of his dear friend, Grendel’s

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