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[Movie] Beowulf
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Posted 11/27/07

asics wrote:


whoopye wrote:

I liked the part where he always say "I am BEOWULF~!!!" lolz


I didnt see the movie but on the commercial that part reminded me so much of THIS IS SPARTA!!! from 300


omg i agree.
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Posted 11/27/07
It looked rubbish in the ads.. not even real actors
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Posted 11/27/07
I read the book at the beginning of the school year. I liked that a lot better than the movie.
Posted 11/27/07

azrael910 wrote:
Well, I think the issue is that the movie sounds like it is masquerading as something it may not be (I haven't seen it yet). I don't know to what extent the movie has differed from the only surviving copy of the tale, but certain changes can be capable of altering the very nature of the story - and that is an issue.

Ah, finally a reasonably well thought out answer to my question. You're the first person who seems to have actually engaged their brain.

I really need to go read Beowulf again. The only time I read it was on my own in middle or high school, and in heavily annotated old english. I didn't understand half of it. Somehow I managed to make it through the rest of my schooling without being required to read and discuss it.

Isn't it possible though that the scribe who wrote the only known original manuscript that we have (well, sort of have. I think that manuscript was damaged even when it was originally "found" and some people had to try to reconstruct missing letters/words.) was edited for political correctness before it was written? Not sure if the culture of the scribe at the time would have been drastically different enough for that to be an issue though.
Posted 11/28/07
Azrael: Do you have links to any of the scholarly reviews you were reading?
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Posted 11/28/07
I havent seen that,.. but ive read it
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Posted 11/28/07
yeah me too. i read the book . the movie doesn't look that good....
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Posted 11/28/07

shibole wrote:
Isn't it possible though that the scribe who wrote the only known original manuscript that we have (well, sort of have. I think that manuscript was damaged even when it was originally "found" and some people had to try to reconstruct missing letters/words.) was edited for political correctness before it was written? Not sure if the culture of the scribe at the time would have been drastically different enough for that to be an issue though.


That's always been a hot topic with Beowulf since it appears to have been written during the christianization of northern europe. As best as we can tell, early christian monks copied down this pagan tale. How much did they alter?

There are christian references in Beowulf (grendel being a descendent of Cain), but there is plently of taditional folklore as well. It's highly unlikely those references were there if the story is older than christianity's presence in the region (which is unknown).

While there isn't any guarantee that the written copy isn't highly distorted as well, it's a helluva lot closer to the source material than we are and is the whole of our knowledge of the story. For better or worse, this is the closest we are going to get and for all practical intents and purposes might as well be the original.

Like I said, my issue isn't that they altered Beowulf - it's that they're billing it as the original as we know it when it very clearly isn't. The dramatic license they've taken is far too extreme and compromises nearly every aspect of the original tale.


shibole wrote:

Azrael: Do you have links to any of the scholarly reviews you were reading?


Hmm, I think I was a bit hasty in saying "scholarly" now that I look at them again. I think from educated reviewers would be a better term (as in familiar with the original text). Most of the genuine scholarly reviews are subscription only, but I saw some of those referenced and quoted.

This is one from a professor of literature. Although he likes the film, he does go into detail about the significant number differences. There is also an explanation from the screenwriters why they did what they did at the end.

http://blogs.jsonline.com/dudek/archive/2007/11/16/the-real-beowulf.aspx

Here is a quick blurb from a professor of medieval studies:

http://www.smu.edu/newsinfo/pitches/beowulf-16nov2007.asp

Here is a list of some major differences:

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/living/movies/s_539150.html
Posted 11/28/07
how come i think of 300 when i hear the name?
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Posted 11/28/07
Dude. Doesn't it have A. Jolie in it? what'd ya expect? xD
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Posted 11/28/07
yup. u can never go wrong with angelina jolie in the movie.

i'd see the movie juz to see her
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Posted 11/28/07
I downloaded it, couldn't get past 5 minutes...zzzzzz

Come on I AM LEGEND (and I might go see The Mist again)
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Posted 11/28/07
beowulf....one word it sucks .
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Posted 11/28/07
the 3d version was really good definately worth the $7.5 hehehe

yea awesome pwnage movie la
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Posted 11/28/07
It's ok i guess,,,not very interesting though...quite predictable too
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