Have you ever noticed how a movie can be very different from the book that it is supposed to portray? Beowulf is an example of one of these types of movies. Although the movie covers the general story of Beowulf in the book, it changes some key elements of the plot, shifts characters roles, and contains differences in the setting. Throughout the start of the story it seems as if the movie will be identical to the book, but as the plot progresses many scenes, settings, and roles appear to be very different. Even though the movie twists the plot and applies new scenes that are not found in the book, it still follows the correct sequence in which the general events are ordered.
When filmmakers of the 21st century write movie about a book almost every time they are different than the original book. Sometimes they change the book to make it more interesting, modern, or to save money and time. For example they sexualized grendels mothers to make it more interesting and modern. Filmmakers changed the original story when they wrote Beowulf the movie to modernize it, make it interesting to catch the watchers, and to save time and money.
Movies and books are never the exact same, sometimes even the whole plot is changed around. In the book Beowulf the plot, characters, and setting are a lot different than they are when the movie was created. If a person watched the movie before they read the book, it may be totally confusing to read. In the book, Beowulf shows up and plans to fight with his men, then leaves to go back to his own kingdom. In the movie Beowulf, Beowulf ends up staying and becoming king of Dane Land.
Beowulf, a hero, which is a savior figure. He stands up for a cause and belief against great odds. When Beowulf was composed, England was changing from a pagan to a Christian culture. Beowulf reflects both pagan and Christian traditions. In this essay, I will compare the 2007 British American 3D motion film directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Neil Gaines And Roger Avary, and also the book version mentioning the personality of Beowulf, Grendel, Grendel’s mom and the battle with the dragon. In the movie and poem Beowulf’s personality is shown differently and expressed in a different form. In the movie and poem Beowulf there was many differences and similarities that were noticeable such as the portrayal of Grendel’s mother, Grendel being the son of Hrothgar, and Beowulf’s battle with the dragon.
Watching movies is fun, the audience gets to experience different adventures, scares, and laughs. Unfortunately the movie is not always the same as the original story. Beowulf is one of these examples. But why does Hollywood change a story, why not play it in the exact form? If the movie is different from the story, how do viewers know that the story is accurate?
Beowulf is portrayed as a hero-figure, though a less-than-ideal leader, since his warrior-like tendencies and habits follow him. Conversely, the movie Beowulf portrays our hero as more of an anti-hero. By its very nature, Beowulf is an epic hero, but I do not think that the movie does not portray him as such a hero compared to the original translation, because it has an entirely different storyline. If anything, the movie portrays Beowulf as a weak person, easily swooned by the beauty of Grendel’s mother. The movie and the book differ in several key ways, including his relationship with the kingdom and his villains. Even though the general plot is the same, when you really take a deep look at the differences, Beowulf’s movie ceases to be a version of Beowulf anymore, but rather an entirely new story about the same person.
Beowulf is one of the oldest poems in history, it was originally written in Anglo-Saxon, and it was told orally with many literary devices so it could be remembered throughout generations. It shows what their society was based on back in the Anglo-Saxon era. Although throughout history the poem has been changed to fit our modern day society. For example, having different values and morals and how we look at religion has all changed. In the Beowulf poem and movie there are many similarities and differences in Religion, Characterization, and Morals it highlights the value and beliefs of each society.
Beowulf was a book composed during the Anglo-Saxon period of the world. It is a fictional about an epic hero know as Beowulf who kills mighty creatures and saves kingdoms from opposing armies and demons. This hero was from part of a tribe of a tribe known as the Gaets. In this story he comes to the aid of the Danes and their king Hrothgar. He battles multiple creatures for the Danish king and his helpless people during his time in the kingdom. He was seen as a hero their and feared throughout the surrounding kingdoms. In this essay i will compare and contrast the Beowulf movie and the book. I will discuss the differences in the setting, theme, and characters between the two. I will also discuss the differences of the fights he had with the
Grendel, the 1971 sequel to the ancient epic poem Beowulf, follows the monster of the tale, and his life leading up to his fatal encounter. John Gardner, wrote the story in first person point of view, and catalogs Grendel’s thoughts and actions in the years before Beowulf defeats him. It chronicles Grendel’s viewpoints of man and those around him, the colonization of his home, his thoughts on his mother, and his own sense of existentialism. Grendel tells his story, but as an unreliable narrator, and leaves the reader with his story and unique perspective of his world.
In the Epic poem of Beowulf, the theme is good vs. evil. But in the movie Hollywood made everything is different. Beowulf is not honest, women are sexually powerful, and the monsters are Hrothgar and Beowulf’s sons, etc. They added many things that were definitely now in the poem. If you read the poem then watching the movie you would be confused. You would be asking so many questions. But the current audience think good vs. evil is boring.
There have been many translations of the epic poem of Beowulf since it was passed through oral tradition. Some of them are the short story, “Beowulf: A New Telling” by Robert Nye and the novel entitled, The Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton which was later made into a movie, 13th Warrior directed by John McTiernan and Michel Crichton. Although the narrative and the film are alike in some ways, there are there are many dissimilarities between the two pieces of literature. The three main differences of the short story and the movie are the setting, characters, and plot.
If we’re going to compare the book to the movie we have to make sure we’ve carefully read the book and watched the movie occasionally stopping your mind to evaluate the movie wondering what is different. I did just that, Beowulf the book compared to the movie has a variety of differences and some similarities. In my opinion the movie was better, let me tell you why.
Normally, when a movie is made about a story in a book the two stories are not exactly the same. The movie is adjusted by adding small details or leaving out some parts in order to make the story more
The poem Beowulf, written by an unknown Anglo-Saxon poet and the movie script, written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary. The story is about a Man named Beowulf, who becomes a hero to his town Heorot, by defeating a monster named Grendel. He is later named King of Geats, because of his braveness and loyalty to his people. After about fifty years of ruling, a dragon threatens the town’s people. Beowulf and his servant, Wiglaf, set off to defeat this dragon. While he did succeed to kill it, sadly Beowulf dies in the process. In the poem versus the movie, Beowulf shows different character traits throughout the story. Heroism, loyalty, and bravery all differ from the poem to the movie. The audience will perceive Beowulf as a completely different person if only looking at one of the two pieces.
Altering a script from a book to film version is essential to successfully conveying the intended message to a modern audience. The film industry has a longstanding dependence on the literary world to provide great content that can be adapted to feature films. In many cases, the book and film have slight differences such as trimming the dialogue or updating settings to suit the era of the film. During the adaptation process, screenwriters get numerous suggestions from film directors and they incorporate such changes so the film can resonate with the target audience. Directors typically operate on budgets provided as loans and the