The Green Knight

The Green Knight ★★★★

What does it take to become a knight? What does it take to be a knight?

"The Green Knight" is based on the Arthurian poem, "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight," written and directed by A24's darling, David Lowery. In the last few years, the company has allowed and given the freedom to the young filmmaker to create his vision of the project he had on his mind. It has brought us some diverse but also charismatic and delightful retellings: for instance, with "Pete's Dragon." Though I've only seen a couple of scenes from the previously mentioned film, I would therefore consider "The Green Knight" my first encounter with Lowery's style.

One of my highest anticipated films of 2021 was "The Green Knight." Before the trailer or anything related to it came out, I was on board with whatever this fantasy/medieval tale would bring me. My girlfriend and I saw it on an opening night here in Denmark as the ONLY two in the whole theatre. At first, it was weird, but also kind of nice to have a whole auditorium for ourselves. We didn't really know what to make of the film when it finally began, but it quickly began to draw us both into the weird and fantastic world. It has been said many times now, and I will say it too: "The Green Knight" is weird, and it is certainly not for everyone. Though I don't think the movie's message or plot is necessarily complicated to understand, it is still has a very distinct and eerie style.
The cinematography is flawless, giving us long takes and playing around with beautiful colors at various points in the film. I would even go as far as to say it might be some of the best of 2021. The costumes, too, are beautiful and serve great importance to the story, which is a very obvious element.

The performances are stunning where a great cast gives everything they have, even for the smallest of roles. Dev Patel plays Sir Gawain and unfolds a complex and two-sided character. He wants to become a knight and show his uncle, King Arthur, his worth. However, Gawain keeps falling into temptations for desire and lust. Those two contrasts are what I felt most engaged with. Patel plays this character with tons of different emotions and layers that keep being tested, which I really enjoy seeing.
Alicia Vikander and Joel Edgerton, though having small roles, marks a huge impact on the movie's narrative as well as touching the atmosphere of the film. Also, Barry Keoghan is much worth mentioning as a great supporting role. Although not having much screentime, he absolutely rocks!

"The Green Knight" is for everyone who really wants to test their patience. It is a slow burn, but the weirdness and boldness of the film make it very tricky to see. My only real problem with it was some of the editings that felt oddly balanced. It was a bit hard to get into it at first, due to its cutting, and also later in the film where shots very transitioned into new scenes instead of letting them linger for a few seconds before going on.
But other than that, it's a very fresh take and an extremely pleasant experience to see on the big screen.

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