The Green Knight was one of the movies affected by the pandemic from 2020. It was pushed back over a year but did get a proper theatrical release. This was one of the movies that was supposed to release in 2020 that I was looking forward to that wasn’t an MCU movie. As a fan of Arthurian legend, I was excited to see a new adaptation of a part of it.
The Green Knight was written and directed by David Lowery. It was based on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by anonymous. This is the first I’ve seen of David Lowery’s filmography, but I can see why he was a cause for hype. I will go back through his filmography and watch what I can find. He did a fantastic job of writing dialogue that’s period accurate.
The Green Knight stars Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Sarita Choudhury, Sean Harris, and Ralph Ineson. Dev Patel gets to stretch his acting muscles in his role as Gawain. He gets to do a lot of different things on his journey throughout the film. Alicia Vikander gets to play two different roles, each incredibly different from one another. The whole cast does a fantastic job of delivering the dialogue.
The plot follows Sir Gawain and the Green Knight but also adds more so that Gawain is more of a character rather than just some knight that accepts a challenge. I also think this is the newest nontraditional Christmas movie, since it is centered on Christmas Day.
The look of the titular Green Knight is astounding. It was created practically and the fact that a person was able to move around in all of it is impressive. There’s also extensive use of CG and it adds to the mythic quality of the movie. The set and costume designers for the movie did an amazing job making it look period accurate while also adding a new twist. Daniel Hart did the music for the movie. His score adds an epic quality to the movie when it needs to and makes it feel mythic at the right times.
The Green Knight is definitely not a movie for everyone, but if you’re someone that’s into it this is almost certainly a movie that you’ll dig. It can appear to be something more than it actually is, but that comes from being attached to A24. This is an interesting take on Arthurian Legend. I give The Green Knight 8.5 giant stone axes out of 10.