I went into The Green Knight knowing nothing of the source material. Beyond knowing how King Arthur became king, I know nothing of those legends and stories. The trailer for it had me intrigued, though, so I had been looking forward to it.
Sir Gawain (Dev Patel) is King Arthur’s nephew. He is headstrong and perhaps a little naive. He embarks on a journey to confront the Green Knight, a bark faced stranger who sets out to test men. As Sir Gawain searches for this knight, he encounters thieves, ghosts, giants, and untrustworthy people. When he finally meets the Green Knight, he has had a deeper journey on his quest for the respect of his family.
His love interest is played by Alicia Vikander who steals the show when she is on screen. But Alicia Vikander always does that so that really isn’t a surprise.
Director and writer David Lowry brings us a film that is visually stunning. The cinematography and use of color and light is truly something to behold. I want to watch it again just to see what details I missed the first go around.
This film won’t be for everyone. I’m actually a little surprised it even got funding to get made because it is so different from anything I have seen in the best of ways. If you like slow burners like The VVitch and Gretel and Hansel, the you’ll probably like this one. I loved it, but I loved the films I just mentioned as well so not a surprise. Worth seeing at least once even if it isn’t your cup of tea.