March 16, 2006

Beowulf and Grendel

Speaking of Denmark, I saw the movie Beowulf and Grendel Sunday. It was filmed in Iceland but the story takes place in Denmark. I must say, the scenery was well worth seeing the movie. If that is what Denmark looks like (and I know it is amzaing landscape there from photos), I'm punching air-holes in the next box I ship over and climbing in with the paintings!

The story in the movie went beyond the original Anglo-Saxon epic poem I read in Literature classes. It explored how we fear what we don’t understand and how this fear leads to rejection and aggression. The monster Grendel becomes a real flesh and blood creature, with understandable motivations for his vengeance against the Danes. And as he begins to understand Grendel, the famous soldier Beowulf has his first hesitations and confusions about the right to kill the marauding troll. It was a haunting production. It did leave me with strong images.

Posted by leya at March 16, 2006 05:57 PM

Beowulf and Grendel is not shot in Denmark.

It's not even a danish movie, we don't have mountains here, but we have the best beaches in Europe: Long, white and broad beaches! Sand as white as sugar, clean blue water!
Compared to Hawaii we only miss palmtrees! You'l see!

Posted by: Elin at March 18, 2006 05:00 AM