Almighty Beowulf

I enjoyed reading the poem as well as watching the movie adaptation of Beowulf. However, I must say I liked the movie adaptation more than the story told in the poem. As much as I liked reading Beowulf I loved how the movie took the story and with some twist made it into its own piece. I thought the connection made by the film makers between the first battle with Grendel to the final battle with the Dragon was brilliant, because it works and most importantly makes sense. However, it’s interesting how the writers gave Beowulf a weakness in the movie, because in the poem Beowulf does not possess any weakness. In the poem and the movie he comes, he boast, he sees then conquers. Except in the movie he is manipulated and deceived by a beautiful woman who in a way directed his fate. It was a bold move by the writers, giving the fact Beowulf is supposed to be this almighty demon killer who never fails and always accomplishes his goal. Although, it was very interesting and enjoyable to witness the direction the writers took with the movie. Beowulf is a true warrior, like he says, “I am Ripper… Tearer… Slasher… Gouger. I am the Teeth in the Darkness, the Talons in the Night. Mine is Strength… and Lust… and Power! I AM BEOWULF!”

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