The Green Knight

2021 • 129 minutes
3.3
263 reviews
89%
Tomatometer
R
Rating
Eligible
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An epic fantasy adventure based on the timeless Arthurian legend, The Green Knight tells the story of Sir Gawain (Dev Patel), 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. Gawain contends with ghosts, giants, thieves, and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character and prove his worth in the eyes of his family and kingdom by facing the ultimate challenger. From visionary filmmaker David Lowery comes a fresh and bold spin on a classic tale from the knights of the round table.
3.3
263 reviews
Kris Russell
December 29, 2021
This isn't your grand-dad's Excalibur. Those not coming into David Lowery's advant-garde rendition of the Arthurian story expecting a Heart-of-Darkness-esque journey for Gawaiin as he faces his own insecurities regarding his personal honor will be thrown off by the deliberate (to a fault) plodding pacing and off-kilter plot. That said, The Green Knight is quite a trip that deserves a viewing for its production design and cinematography alone -- as well as a very impressive performance by it's ever dashing lead Dev Patel, playing Gawain. Those familiar with and are thrilled to check out the type of films A24 (Uncut Gems, Midsommer, The Lighthouse) has made itself a name for will feel right at home with what The Green Knight has to offer.
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Melyssa Aguilera
March 8, 2022
It's very similar to the old story "Pilgrim's Progress".. This is an excellent Hero's Journey storyline ripe full of haunting metaphors and questionable character development. The films lead character has a consistent mystery about him that draws the audience into his desperate and deeply personal world. The scenes are a bit drawn out but if you hang in there, there's an exceptional story about personal growth that anyone can relate to.... Just, without the ghosts. Lol
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Keaton Augst
August 24, 2021
Read the book before you trash the movie. This story is very strange and slow paced. If you think it is "boring" you've come into it with the wrong expectations. It is a movie about a guy who has to willingly walk to his presumed death because that is honorable and that is what a knight would do. But it is also about someone who is very flawed and honestly normal. He has selfish desires that he has to overcome to be the knight he wishes to be. Good movie, very strange. Don't be fooled.
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