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    Beowulf Movies

    What does everyone think of the newest Beowulf incarnation?
    Or the Icelandic one with Gerard Butler as the lead actor for that matter.

    Are they a corruption of an ancient Germanic saga or a new way to look at and old masterpiece?

    I tend to think they are good introductions to the tale, and a way to modernise it to appeal to a newer generation.

    Any thoughts?

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    The GCI cartoon was wacky, very comic-book like in quality. The Gerard Butler one has been around for a bit, its low-budget with almost made for TV quality, but otherwise its an OK interpretation.

    Probably The 13th Warrior film was the closest interpretation of the story I enjoyed on the big screen the most,even though I liked the soundtrack better than the movie itself.

    *There was another cartoon version made in the late 90's which wasnt that bad either.

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    I tend to agree that none were masterpieces. Personally, I enjoyed the Gerard Butler version the most. It seemed more realistic. The acting was pretty awful in all of them though.

    What do you think of the adaptation from the original though? Are they a good intro to a Germanic tale or just flashy movies?

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    I thought the new one was entertaining and I especially enjoy all the references to Odin and the stabs at Christianity. The action scenes, particularly with the sea monsters and the dragon, were very well done. All the characters looked appropriate for their respective roles. That said, changing the plot line so that both King Hrothgar and Beowulf mate with Grendel's mother was a bad change in my opinion. I also thought the opening scenes depicting the mead hall made the Danes look overly barbaric, sleazy and primitive.

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    I can't offer any real, valuable comments here. I think I've seen 13th Warrior once, and was only halfway paying attention as I wasn't really into such movies back then.

    That said, I must say when the CG movie first started airing trailers on TV, I thought it was for a video game. I lost any ability to take it seriously after that. Every time it would come on TV my then-roomie/friend and I would immediately start doing air-game-controllers. "A A B triangle octagon. Punch! Punch dammit!"

    Don't ask me what type of imaginary game console we had that included an octagon in the controllers. :p
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    Well, it certainly wasn't the best film I've seen, but it was still an interesting look at it, seeing it in 3D though was amazing!

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    I have all three ((13th Warrior, Beowulf and Grendel (Butler), and Beowulf (CGI))
    and I like the latter the least. 13th Warrior has good points (I'm not going into details) but the directors had a chance to really get it right authenticity wise -
    but they chose to cheat in order to have more 'mass appeal'; the armor looks like it came from a roman yard sale...

    The Butler film was far better but the accents of the actors (especially Selma)
    spoiled the effect. It was also notable that the troll was more honorable than the Danes. I liked to see him playing Kub!!

    All in all, I have a big problem with all these flicks in that the Vikings (insert favorite Northern Folk here) are always portrayed as violent, abusive, nasty, drunk, and unsavory folks till the end of the movie when they are all amazingly transformed into noble beings.

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    I haven't heard of the 13th warrior one, and haven't seen either of the others, only trailers and such.

    Even though there are some fairly large changes in both of the two I do know of, I would much rather see the one with Gerard Butler over the newer CGI version.

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    The cgi Beowulf: An entertaining, highly stylized introduction to general Germanic mythic themes, but absolutely not a good introduction to the actual Beowulf. I hated this movie when I first saw it because it really is just a fancy cartoon. The second time I watched, a long time after the first, I could appreciate some of the themes and more subtle things going on.

    The 13th Warrior: Bits and pieces of this were spot on, other parts not so much at all, especially the central plot. It really is just Michael Crichtons pseudo-scientific fictionalization of the world-view and culture of the people the movie portrays. Like Jurassic Park, it might encourage some interest in the subject but it really doesn't tell us anything about it.

    Both movies are good for a little taste of ancient Germanicism, especially when watched with someone who has some knowledge of the subject matter.

    I didn't see Beowulf and Grendel, but its on the list.

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    Saw the new one, called Outlander. Can't really recommend it, it was a type of sci fi viking movie based on Beowulf.

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