Directed: Robert Zemeckis
Released Date: 16 November 2007 (USA)
Genres: Animation, Action, Adventure
Film Stars: Ray Winstone, Crispin Glover, Angelina Jolie
Movie Quality: 720p 3D BluRay
In 507, the king of Denmark Hrothgar hosts a celebration in his mead hall Heorot. The noise of feasting and music disturbs the cave of Grendel, a malformed troll-like creature with hypersensitive hearing due to his exposed eardrum. Grendel attacks the hall and kills many of Hrothgar’s soldiers and guests, and Hrothgar decrees there shall be no more merrymaking in Heorot until a hero can slay Grendel.
The legendary Geatish warrior Beowulf sails to Denmark with his band of soldiers, including his best friend Wiglaf. Upon Beowulf’s arrival, he and Hrothgar’s wife Queen Wealtheow become attracted to one another. Beowulf declares he will slay Grendel, despite doubt and ridicule from Hrothgar’s chief advisor Unferth.
Beowulf has his men sing in Heorot to lure Grendel out. When the creature attacks, Beowulf engages him unarmed and naked. During the fight, Beowulf discovers Grendel’s aversion to loud noises and ruptures his eardrum. Grendel shrinks in size and manages to escape only after Beowulf severs his arm, mortally wounding him. In thanks for freeing his kingdom from the monster, Hrothgar gives Beowulf his golden drinking horn, which commemorates Hrothgar’s victory over the mighty dragon Fafnir.
In the cave, Grendel’s mother swears revenge over his corpse. She travels to Heorot and slaughters Beowulf’s men while they are sleeping. Hrothgar tells both Beowulf and Wiglaf, who had been sleeping outside the hall, that Grendel’s mother is last of the Water Demons, who were thought to have left the land. As apology for his ridicule, Unferth gives Beowulf the great sword Hrunting. Beowulf and Wiglaf travel to the demon’s cave to slay her. Beowulf enters the cave alone and confronts the demon, who takes the form of a beautiful woman. He tries to kill her, but she seduces him with promises to make him king in exchange for the drinking horn, and a son to replace Grendel. Afterwards, Beowulf returns to Heorot and announces he has killed the demon. Only Hrothgar is not fooled, as he too had been seduced; Grendel was the result of their tryst. Hrothgar names Beowulf his heir, then commits suicide by jumping from the castle parapet onto the beach below; the water demon takes his corpse in the surf.