Review: The Green Knight
Gawain (Dev Patel) is the King's nephew and knight in training when he accepts a challenge from The Green Knight. (Ralph Ineson) One year later, he's tasked with tracking that Knight down, and encounters much more on the way.
This has been one of my most anticipated films of the year, and I purposely avoided reading the book so I could go in as blind as possible, now after leaving it, I wonder if that was the best choice. I had to sit with this a bit. I liked it, but I wanted to love it.
Dev Patel is a fantastic actor and I'm 100% here for him getting leading roles, especially in projects like this. He doesn't have a ton of dialogue, but he's very easy to watch. Alicia Vikander also gives a wonderful performance in her two roles.
The standout of this film is the cinematography. It's absolutely gorgeous and it will be a travesty if it's not an Oscar nominee, let alone winner. I loved how everything looked. It was so eerily beautiful.
Let's talk about the thing I had to sit with, and this is 100% me just being unfamiliar with the story itself, I felt like I barely knew anything about Gawain prior to this quest. I especially didn't understand his mother's motives and had to look it up when I got home. He has no inner monologue, not many remark on him. So much of this film is symbolism, that I just felt like he took a backseat to the visuals.
While I didn't love it like I wanted to, I think this is definitely worth seeing, especially if you're in a place that's safe enough to view on the big screen. Much like director David Lowery's last film, A Ghost Story. It leaves you with plenty to ponder.
Memorable Quote: "Why would you ask me that?" - Winifred (Erin Kellyman)