Monday, March 28, 2011
Over the weekend, I read Beowulf and decided to watch the recent cartoon version (starring Angelina Jolie) just to compare it to the original story. I was pleasantly surprised with the movie and its connection with the original plot. While the film does deviate from the plot, the basic outline of the tale remains very similar. The main addition to the story is the inclusion of female interaction within. In the written tale, women play a very small role, but in modern film, the female aspect is greatly enlarged. Because it is a 21st century film, there is also a large amount of sexual content that is added to spice up the storyline. This seemed to be one of the largest deviations, and did work to change some aspects of the story drastically. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with the movie, as I was expecting an abomination of a film. Perhaps for purists, this is a horrible interpretation, but I found that it told the majority of the story accurately while staying in tune with the original plot. Thoughts? Criticisms?