Review in Brief: The Green Knight (2021)

David Lowery’s Arthurian epic THE GREEN KNIGHT, the most visually stunning film of the year, is finally here for British audiences to experience. In this retelling of the epic poem complete with rhymes, symbolism and ornate medieval inter-titles, Gwain (Dev Patel) quests to the Green Chapel, home of the enigmatic Green Knight (Ralph Ineson) after he answered his chivalric challenge a year before. For Gwain struck the Green Knight’s head from his shoulders and must now submit to an answering blow, the many challenges faced on his journey teaching him lessons about life, death, time and honour. The Green Knight is the kind of film you have to submit to, to just go with the languid pace and sometimes impenetrable ambiguity. But if you’re in the right frame of mind and spirit you will be rewarded with a gorgeously designed, vividly atmospheric mood piece that will doubtless inspire debate for years to come. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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