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5.0 out of 5 stars The sins of the fathers will be visited upon the children, 28 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Beowulf - 1 Disc Edition [2007] [DVD] (DVD)
This is a great animated feature, I believe that it could be enjoyed by younger viewers (it is rated 12) as a straight forward monsters, dragons and heroes action flick, although quite violent it is no more so than the actual source material itself or a lot of early hero tales where they to be retold unabridged, or in a more reflective fashion by older viewers.

At the outset of the movie there is a warrior's hall and fifedom plagued by the murderous onslaught of Grendel, a monster who can not tolerate the sound of mankind's merriment and who comes down to silence the merry makers by breaking them into pieces. None of the warriors can repel him and so they appeal for a hero to come and defeat him, Beowulf and his band arrive to answer the call.

There are a number of great themes developed and clear enough, I believe, to any viewer. The community as a whole suffers as result of the legacy of selfishly bad judgement by its leaders (and heroes), history repeats itself, the hubris of heroes, pursuit of singular glory is both championed (at least by Beowulf himself in the retelling of his tales), condemned (by one of his nearest amongst the party who leaves for a time but also in fact by way of its resulting in bloodshed, first in the supernatural slaughter of Beowulf's party and then later in its prompt to wars and battle) and paradigm shift, from heroism to martyrdom, which Beowulf highlights himself, condemning it, is in some ways completed with Beowulf's sacrificing himself in the process.

I've no idea how faithful this all is to the original source material since I have not read the epic poem myself but it was a good feature to watch and no prior knowledge or acquaintence with the tale is therefore presumably required. Recommended.
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Initial post: 24 Jan 2014 16:27:51 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Jan 2014 16:32:18 GMT
 says:
Here:

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/180445

Here is a short English summary:

http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/beowulf.html

By the way, it is fiefdom, not fifedom.
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