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The Green Knight

  • 2021
  • David Lowery
  • 130 mins
  • 15
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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

Dev Patel delivers a career-best performance in director David Lowery's sublimely weird medieval fantasy about what makes a hero. A liberal adaptation of a 14th-century poem, the film follows Patel's Sir Gawain, the nephew of King Arthur (Sean Harris) and a drunk layabout with a lower-class lover (Alicia Vikander). He impulsively accepts a challenge presented by the mysterious Green Knight (Ralph Ineson) during a feast at the Round Table - strike the Knight and gain his weapon as a reward. But a year later, the victor must accept the same blow himself. When Gawain beheads the Knight, more out of bravado than true bravery, he sets in motion a wildly bizarre adventure. Digging into themes of masculinity, honour and morality, Lowery shoots with the same visual poetry that he brought to Ain't Them Bodies Saints and A Ghost Story, infusing Arthurian legend with supernatural horror. As intriguing as it is challenging, The Green Knight excels as a hallucinatory cinematic puzzle that will scramble your brain in the best possible way.

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Credits

Cast

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GawainDev Patel
Essel / The LadyAlicia Vikander
The LordJoel Edgerton
MotherSarita Choudhury
Green KnightRalph Ineson
KingSean Harris
ScavengerBarry Keoghan
WinfredErin Kellyman
QueenKate Dickie

Crew

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DirectorDavid Lowery

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment Film Dists Ltd
Released on
2021-09-24
Formats
Colour
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