The Green Knight

The Green Knight

An epic fantasy adventure based on the timeless Arthurian legend, The Green Knight tells the story of Sir Gawain, King Arthur's reckless and headstrong nephew, who embarks on a daring quest to confront the eponymous Green Knight, a gigantic emerald-skinned stranger and tester of men.

  • Released: 2021-07-29
  • Runtime: 130 minutes
  • Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
  • Stars: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Sarita Choudhury, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Barry Keoghan, Erin Kellyman, Ralph Ineson, Emilie Hetland, Anthony Morris, Megan Tiernan, Noelle Brown, Youssef Quinn, Aaron Edo, Margeaux Wright, Tyrone Kearns, Helena Browne, Brendan Conroy, Ethan Dillion, Chris McHallem, Atheena Frizzell, Donncha Crowley, Patrick Duffy, Janet Grene, Simone Haines, Tyrone Kearns, Tom Leavey, Ana├»s Rizzo, Joe Anderson, Nita Mishra, Tara Mae, Emmett O'Brien, Sam Uppal Lynch, Adam Karim, Ruth Patel, Rose Patel, Rachel Quinn
  • Director: David Lowery
  • gramus-29376 - 18 May 2024
    Remember When films Were Re-watchable
    This is not it. I was seduced by Parts-esque Spiegel Im Spiegel music - or copy. Great - something of value. Then descended into some kind of statement about power. Rewatchable? No. Of any discernible interest - no not really. Good actors? - absolutely.. Will never see again.

    To be honest I'm off to watch Aliens...or even Kelly's Heroes ffs...if it comes to it even Where Eagles Dare. Because you feel the journey, and you can watch again & again & feel the excitement.

    This appeared to be the latest re-hashing of the Arthurian legend that comes with a message. Cretian De Troyes made it all about French guys cuckolding English kings (Lancelot). Fair play. Not even sure what the message was here.
  • msorik - 13 March 2024
    why oh why...
    I mean it was doing its job and kept itself interesting BUT i began to realize as time was going on i had another Martian on my hand. I don't care to see ANY ONE person for long periods of time overcoming anything, don't kur!!! It had hope with all the strange stuff like hindis or whatever the brown people are (be cool, im black) doing in the middle of whiteland...but i couldn't tell you bc the second i saw and sniffed gay stuff, i dipped out. I will never care to see that stuff and if there's a show i really like and it has that stuff, it must be peripheral/negligible. It's like the men of Hollywood just cant resist that yuk; it's still America and i can still speak truthfully. Why was it necessary to add a kissing scene of two men...
  • danieljfarthing - 7 January 2023
    Enjoyable medieval adventure ruined by its arty-farty late plunge into a load of symbolics
    Why did writer / director David Lowery plunge otherwise enjoyable (and excellently cast) medieval adventure "The Green Knight" into such a confusing mess of symbolics over its last 20mins? Dev Patel (good) is king Sean Harris' wastrel nephew, who to prove himself accepts a challenge from supernatural beast Ralph Ineson that has him leave gf Alicia Vikander and reluctantly quest across the barren wilds where he encounters the likes of Barry Keoghan (terrific again), Joel Edgerton, Erin Kellyman, witchcraft, trippy shrooms & an animatronic talking fox. It's two hrs of well-made (if simple) swaggering fare... then Lowery's old arty-farty bent sadly kicks in to ruin it. Shame.
  • Retrostudious - 15 November 2022
    Where have all the good guys gone?
    It's a good film, but modern filmmakers seem a little too obsessed with deconstructing characters and de-romanticising the hero's journey, and it's starting to become a cliche that is overplayed and almost insulting to the audience. The filmmakers seem to think that by making all the protagonists anti-heroes who are not as heroic as we think that it's intelligent storytelling, but it really isn't.

    I find myself regularly asking, "Where have all the good guys gone?" and "why isn't there romance in films anymore?"

    Is it a little too much to ask for a righteous protagonist and a little love in films?

    The modern landscape of cynical filmmaking that creates nihilistic stories has become very tedious.
  • Abdulxoxo - 28 August 2022
    A film of quality
    The story of the film is pretty much straightforward. It can be considered an example of a hero's journey wherein the main character goes on a quest and experiences a character change. In that regard, The Green Knight can be understood easily. But understanding the plot and its meaning are two entirely different matters. The film is full of metaphors that the audience would be left asking if they really understood the film or not. There are many instances that the film showed visions that could either be just the imagination of Gawain or possibly an artistic take on the story. Part of the fun in watching the movie is to have one's interpretation of things in there. The performance of Dev Patel as Gawain is top notch acting. Alicia Vikander playing dual roles is nothing short of impressive too. There is no waste of talent in terms of acting in this film. The production design and set pieces employed in the film is as one would expect watching medieval films. But what the film excels at are the visuals used. The way the film use somber music and dark/low contrast lighting is brilliant as it evokes a sense of heaviness in the film that is possibly what Gawain would be feeling. There is no brightness in the film or in its story, but the beauty of it is the constant feeling of hope at the end. In all, The Green Knight is not a medieval fantasy movie featuring epic battles or the good versus evil trope. More than a visual retelling of the poem it was based on, it is instead a character study of Gawain, of how one man's character defines his destiny.
  • freethinker78 - 2 August 2022
    A modern hero story
    This movie attempts to tell a classic pagan hero story with every modern cinematic technology. It succeeds. The people who don't appreciate this modern masterpiece should just watch another Disney snack movie. This movie is a true gift.