The Green Knight

The Green Knight ★★★½

An unusual yet haunting take on Camelot lore, more specifically the story of Sir Gawain and The Green Knight. I expected to like this a lot more than I did, but even so, it took me quite a while and a great deal of thought to arrive at my current verdict - this is a beautiful, somber film about the old preconception that honor is more valuable than life itself, but one that's unfortunately as superficial as it is strikingly gorgeous.

Sir Gawain's journey is undoubtedly fascinating, seen through the lens of talented DoP Andrew Droz Palermo, literally begging to be experienced on the big screen at least once in a lifetime. And the way David Lowery frames it stands out as an unique stylistic interpretation of Camelot. At the end of the day, though, that's all it is. My friends thought it was all style, no subsbtance. I don't think that's quite true, at all, but I wouldn't blame anyone for saying that either.

There's a fantastic sequence involving Winifred, another involving a fox, and the ending is a banger. But for every one of those moments, there's a roadblock that meddles with the pacing, and for every beautiful shot, there's another with such dim lighting that I couldn't tell what was going on or who was on screen (might have been the projector, but I doubt it).

Still, it's a worthy challenge, and an unique one.

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