The long-awaited A24 production "The Green Knight" finally made its debut in theaters over the weekend. This medieval fantasy film based on a 14th-century poem titled "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" is one to take note of. It imagines a world where a young man Sir Gawain (Dev Patel) sets out on a solo adventure wandering the world in search of the Green Knight. The man is not only searching for this knight but hopes he will find honor as well by fulfilling the quest he's been given. Before you view, we're here to give you our thoughts on "The Green Knight" to decide if it's worth a watch or not.
Reasons to Watch...
- Dev Patel comes into his own, showing audiences levels of emotional and physical depth that we've never seen from him before. He's an absolute spectacle and to look away from him for a second is to miss out on one of his best performances to date.
- Director David Lowery takes you on a pilgrimage filled with symbols and metaphors that make this journey all the more unique. The road to honor that Lowery illustrates is one that's anything but linear.
- The cinematography, special effects, and sound design are all astounding and at times startling. This world that Lowery has created is one where the mind can run wild with endless possibilities and unthinkable circumstances.
- There are certain scenes throughout this medieval film that may be off-putting due to their violent and/or sexually explicit nature.
- Because this film is dense with many existential questions and lessons that are demonstrated throughout the story, it can be confusing and sometimes hard to follow various scenes in the film and their relevance to the plot.
- With what's supposed to be such a grand quest at hand, there's not as much conflict as you would expect for Sir Gawain's odyssey to glory.
Watch or Not?
In our opinion, "The Green Knight" is worth a watch.
For Dev Patel's performance alone, the film deserves to be seen. David Lowery's vision for the flick is a dark and elusive one. Although it can be perplexing at times, "The Green Knight" reimagines a tale from the Middle Ages in a magical society where not everything needs to be explained. So, it seems appropriate that audiences would walk out of the theater with some questions. They may also ask themselves how far they would go to seek out honor for their family name.
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