Beowulf

I’m not sure if I was the only person who didn’t know this, but I had no idea that it was animated. From looking at the cover art, it really doesn’t look like an animated movie but nonetheless, this film was still rather good.

Beowulf is a film based upon the poem Beowulf which was written sometime between the 8th and 11th centuries. As far as I know, this is the only full length feature film based on a poem. The general plot is that there is a kingdom that is being tormented by a monster named Grendel. The King says that he will pay half of the kingdoms gold to the person or persons who kill this monster. Beowulf and his Geats set out to kill the monster.

That is the loose plot, and I mean loose. The battle between Grendel and Beowulf happens at the start of the film, and then there are two other battles in which Beowulf partakes.

During this film, there is an ‘honour of battle’ feel occurring. For example, Beowulf decides to battle with Grendel naked so that they are both evenly matched. This also happens at the end of the film when Beowulf decides not to kill a soldier on an opposing army.

I can honestly say that this was one of the best animated films that I have seen. It’s good to see a new take on the animated genre. Most films like this are, dare I say, childish. Wreck-It Ralph and Finding Nemo for example, are primarily aimed at children and younger audiences. Although there are some gags that adult will enjoy, it’s still for children.

Beowulf is different. This film has a very grown-up plot and quite a fair bit of ‘adult’ content. For a rated 12, it’s a fairly gory film, something that would not be expected in a conventional animated film. I also wouldn’t have thought that a 12 rating would be high enough for this film, but I’m not the BBFC.

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