My love for David Lowery’s THE GREEN KNIGHT can’t be understated. Based on a poem from the 14th century and set centuries before, the source material details the trial of the young Gawain, King Arthur’s nephew, who accepts a challenge from the titular Green Knight.
What THE GREEN KNIGHT does so well is not just the epic scale of adventure, but also the oddities and weirdness of “historic” retellings of the time. And like the source material, the film adaption is open to interpretation, with no exceedingly clear moral or purpose.
Don’t expect an action-packed medieval flick when watching this movie. It’s a sort of odd, surreal, heavily mood-driven watch with brilliant cinematography and acting from its impressive cast. It reminded me of an open-world fantasy video game (SKYRIM, BREATH OF THE WILD) mixed OVER THE GARDEN WALL. All that to say, THE GREEN KNIGHT probably isn’t for everyone, but it’s my favorite type of movie -one that pulls you as deep as possible into the world that it builds.
THE GREEN KNIGHT is now available to watch in theaters.