beowulf: SPOLIER

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  1. lucifers angel same shit, differant day!! Registered Senior Member

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    so i finally got to watch this last, and i want to say, how disapointed i am in it, it was very violent, (which did not bother me), what bothered me was, IT WAS OVER TO FAST!!

    here is what the film is about for the peopel who haven't seen it yet!

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    Plot
    Set in Denmark, the film opens with King Hrothgar celebrating the construction of his new mead hall, Heorot. The noise of the celebration echoes into Grendel's cave and torments him. In a mad fury, Grendel breaks into the hall and kills many people. After being challenged by Hrothgar Grendel runs off into the night. Back at his lair, Grendel is admonished by his unseen mother for attacking the humans and possibly inviting retribution. She calms down after Grendel tells her that he did not harm Hrothgar.

    Meanwhile, Hrothgar closes Heorot and proclaims that he will give half of his kingdom in gold to any man who can defeat Grendel. Beowulf and his men arrive by ship from Geatland and convince Hrothgar to reopen Heorot. Beowulf's credibility is challenged by Unferth, the King's most trusted advisor. Beowulf proceeds to tell a tale to convince the people of Heorot that he is capable of killing Grendel. Hrothgar offers Beowulf his Golden drinking horn in the event that Grendel is destroyed.

    Later Hrothgar and Queen Wealtheow argue. Hrothgar states that he needs an heir. Wealtheow refuses to comply due to Hrothgar's earlier involvement with Grendel's mother (thus conceiving Grendel).

    That evening, Beowulf asks his men to sing loudly. Grendel is agitated once again and attacks the hall in a blind fury. While fighting Grendel, Beowulf discovers an external eardrum and begins to attack it. This disorients Grendel who then tries to escape. Beowulf traps him with chains and later slams the door on his arm breaking it off. Beowulf is proclaimed a hero and Grendel's arm is nailed above the door of Heorot.

    After Grendel returns to the cave to die, Grendel's mother cries out in grief over the loss of her son. Determined to avenge his death, she flies to Heorot in a rage. She initially appears to Beowulf in a dream disguised as Wealtheow. When Beowulf wakes from the dream he finds that all of his men are dead except for Wiglaf, who (striken with grief at the deaths of some of the other men in Beowulf's band) had elected to forego the festivities and tend to the ship. Beowulf confronts Hrothgar, whose evasive answers imply that he knows more of Grendel's past than he will state openly, tells Beowulf how he can find Grendel's mother. Unferth, who has by this time converted to Christianity, appears before Beowulf and apologizes to him for his previous behavior, offering him the use of his ancestral sword Hrunting, which Beowulf accepts.

    Beowulf and Wiglaf find the cave. Beowulf enters it alone, eventually confronting Grendel's mother. She appears to him as a beautiful nude woman with golden liquid dripping from her skin. She promises him fame and power if he gives her a son. She also demands the Horn of Hrothgar with the promise that as long as it is in her safekeeping, Heorot will be safe. As she entices Beowulf, she melts Hrunting with her bare hands. Beowulf gives in to her temptations.

    Beowulf returns to Heorot and tells a disbelieving Hrothgar that he killed Grendel's mother. Hrothgar states that his curse has been lifted (implying that it has passed to Beowulf) and then publicly proclaims Beowulf heir to his kingdom -- and its queen. Hrothfar leaps from his balcony and falls to his death. Beowulf is crowned king and marries Wealtheow.

    Many years pass. King Beowulf is now old and disillusioned, a shadow of his former self. Unferth's servant has found the Horn of Hrothgar upon a stretch of moors, and Unferth presents it to the king. Beowulf sees this as a sign that Grendel's mother will return and dreams that evening of a man in gold, who threatens both the old Queen Wealtheow and Beowulf's young mistress, Ursula. (The two women get along better than one would imagine.) The next day, a fierce dragon attacks a village outside of Heorot and leaves a message with Unferth for Beowulf, after having slain Unferth's wife and children in front of him.

    Beowulf, intending to break the cycle of foreign heroes killing the current monster only to father another one by the same female demon, rides with Wiglaf to the cave of Grendel's mother to kill the dragon. Beowulf tells Wiglaf that he has instructed the heralds to proclaim Wiglaf king should Beowulf fall in the coming battle. Beowulf enters the cave alone and attempts to mollify Grendel's mother by returning the Dragon Horn to her. She tells him it is too late to do that and then sends the dragon to attack Heorot. As the dragon attacks Queen Wealtheow and Ursula, Beowulf kills it by a daring maneuver: While dangling from the dragon on a chain, Beowulf is unable to reach the dragon's heart with his sword. He then severs his own arm in order to be able to reach it. As he is feeling through the dragon's innards to reach its heart, the dragon swallows some of Heorot's battlement on which Wealtheow and Ursula are attempting to take cover, jostling the sword from Beowulf's hand. Beowulf then proceeds to rip the heart from the dragon by using his bare hand. Wealtheow and Ursula survive.

    The two fall to the shores far below. The dragon reverts to the golden man of Beowulf's dream, whom Beowulf realizes is his son. He then dies in Wiglaf's arms.

    Wiglaf prepares a Viking funeral for Beowulf. As Wiglaf watches the burning boat loaded with Beowulf's treasure that serves as Beowulf's funeral pyre, he sees Grendel's mother kissing the corpse amidst the flames shortly before the boat sinks. The Dragon Horn washes ashore at Wiglaf's feet. As he picks it up, Grendel's mother emerges from the sea, beckoning him. The movie's ending is ambiguous about what Wiglaf will do next. (Hrothgar became king after killing a dragon that was terrorizing the people, and at some point fathered Grendel; Beowulf became king after killing Grendel, and fathered and later slew a golden dragon; Wiglaf is now king and had a hand in slaying the golden dragon).

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    Cast
    Alison Lohman
    Ray Winstone
    Anthony Hopkins
    Angelina Jolie
    Robin Wright Penn
    John Malkovich
    Brendan Gleeson
    Crispin Glover

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    anyone else seen this?

    what did you think?

    i loved the dragon near the end, that was brilliant and great to look at!!
     
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  3. draqon Banned Banned

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    I hated the movie, killing dragons is wrong.

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  5. lucifers angel same shit, differant day!! Registered Senior Member

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    yes we know that draqon,

    but the film was brillaint! and over to fast!
     
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  7. draqon Banned Banned

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    This film was disgusting.
     
  8. draqon Banned Banned

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    Embrace dragon's love...

    ...dragon will give the love right back to you

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  9. lucifers angel same shit, differant day!! Registered Senior Member

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    oh it was not!!

    all because it had no oriental women in it, dear me draqon, what sort of films do you like?
     
  10. draqon Banned Banned

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    Pitch Black

    Mission to Mars 2

    Chronicles of Riddick
     
  11. lucifers angel same shit, differant day!! Registered Senior Member

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    then you wouldnt like this film!

    Chronicles of Riddick, i agree was a good film, pitch black was tosh!
     
  12. Michael 歌舞伎 Valued Senior Member

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    lucifers angel

    I watched at the IMAX in 3D and thought it was really good.

    Michael
     
  13. shaman_ Registered Senior Member

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    I was a little disappointed. I thought it was quite slow in the middle. It was alright but I wouldn't watch it a second time.

    I saw it 3D as well which was pretty cool.

    I think this is the third beowulf movie I have seen made in the last few years. I don't have a problem with that though. I wish there were more movies based on fantasy and epic poems.
     
  14. lucifers angel same shit, differant day!! Registered Senior Member

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    did anyone else notice that the charaters didn't blink?
     
  15. visceral_instinct Monkey see, monkey denigrate Valued Senior Member

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    Ray Winstone is soooo sexy.
     
  16. spidergoat Venued Serial Membership Valued Senior Member

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    I enjoyed the movie and the animation was incredible, but I saw another recent movie, live action, called Beowolf and Grendel (Beneath the Legend Lies the Tale), and it was very good. It was more realistic, Grendel was the child of a native who was murdered and grew up feral. I highly recommend it. During the story there is someone making up the legend, but the movie is told from the point of view of how it could actually have happened. The cast is mostly scandinavian.
     
  17. DanceAndExplode Fear me, for I am Death. Registered Senior Member

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    sorry, but i have to say this...
    me and two mates went and saw this at the movies.. and walked out halfway
    i honestly think it was the worst movie i have ever seen
    :/
     
  18. superstring01 Moderator

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    The sad thing is that Riddick was supposed to be a trillogy. You can tell that the writers were inspired by Dune and I just wish they would have finished.

    ~String
     

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