Study Help Film Versions of Beowulf




Rated PG-13

This animated IMAX version of Beowulf (in 3D!) is WAY over the top. Other than the setting and plot starting point, this adaptation does not follow the original epic poem at all. The screenplay was written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, and reflects their dark and satirical visions as reflected in some of their other works. The movie features an impressive voice-cast, including British actor Ray Winstone as Beowulf, Anthony Hopkins as King Hrothgar, and Angelina Jolie as Grendel’s Mother. Very entertaining stuff, even though it’s only marginally useful as a reference for the original epic poem.