Vince The Cinephile’s review published on Letterboxd:
David Lowery makes a startling, and luscious adaptation of this 14th-century medieval story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight with an impeccable Dev Patel in its center. Coming to this film with an unknown knowledge about the story, The Green Knight presents a fascinating hybrid of both the real and surreal altogether. The film follows Gawain, an inexperienced knight who accepts a challenge from a mysterious “Green Knight.” In the course of this conquest, Gawain demonstrates his chivalry, and loyalty as he meets other characters throughout the journey.
Lowery’s interpretation of this medieval classic is much more opaque, but it retains this level of freshness and originality for the contemporary audiences. The simple exchanges between the characters are enough for this particular film, as Lowery utilizes his visuals as the main poetry of his thesis. The cinematography by Andrew Palermo is one of the main highlights of the film.
Dev Patel’s swoony demeanor is actualized efficiently by Lowery in this film. Patel has never been this sexual and sensual onscreen, and The Green Knight lusts of over his presence. Despite the masculine pressure of the role, Patel is extensively sensitive and emphatic throughout which makes his journey more affable and enriching. The hugely missed Alicia Vikander plays her mysterious characters so well, and adds another layer of mystique to this dense film.
Overall, I’m not quite sure if I get everything in this film. But one thing, watching The Green Knight feels like a discovery. A discovery that is bound to be explored even more. It has everything: the quirks, the style, and the allure, the poetry which makes it as one of the best, impressively mounted films for this year.