For my thesis I'm doing a chapter on film adaptations of Beowulf with special focus on Grendel's Mother, so I've started studying...by watching films, yay!
Last night I watched The 13th Warrior, an adaption of Michael Cricthon's Eaters of the Dead, which is in turn an adaptation of Beowulf. It was pretty okay I guess. Nothing special though.
This morning I watched Beowulf and Grendel. I liked this more - stayed closer to the original storyline and stuff, and had a better, more complex plot, and more complex characters.
Not enough Grendel's Mother in either of them though.