I’ve always loved medieval history. I vividly remember sitting in my middle school library flipping through a book of swords, castles, and the ilk, as others were trading pokemon cards or doing their best Austin Powers impression (Middle school was a thing, lol). That infatuation would eventually lead to a major in English and a keen interest in Shakespearean Lit, Renaissance lit, and the wonderful tales of Medieval lit – with an obvious preference to chivalric romance.

So, as you can imagine, I geeked out the first time I saw The Green Knight trailer (whenever that was – all time is relative post first pandemic surge). Along with Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, SGATGK (it’s late and I’m lazy – i’m not spelling it out first reference), it’s one of my absolute favorite stories.

Check out the trailer:

So, some thoughts:

(potential spoilers)

  1. Cinematography was gorgeous. There’s a shot as Patel is setting out on his journey where he’s on this long road and the camera tracks him as he sets out on horseback. Between the kids chasing him and the castle shrinking in the background, it was really well done. This doesn’t include any of the sections of the film like the Winifred scene, bertilak’s wife, and that freaking ending – I almost dig the ambiguity vibe more than the original.
  2. Dev Patel, best actor? It’s way too early, but the change in the character was wonderfully portrayed by Patel. Going from waking in whorehouses as an almost knight, to accepting the quest from TGK and later Arthur, to the duality of each “ending” made for an engrossing experience that I kind of want to go see again.
  3. Like everyone else, I was a big fan of the tone as well. As much as it played to the mystical, border-line horror-esque vibe of the situation Gawain finds himself in, the performance of Patel allowed the viewer to hold onto the virtue of the character – almost reacting with him in each situation. All the while knowing that because he is there, there is a hope even in the darkness.

If you’re on the fence about seeing it, check out this clip from The New York Times’ as it takes you through a scene with insight from the director. It allows for a true understanding of the vibe of the film and is currently making me look up showtimes for a second viewing.

Anyways, if you saw it, comment below and tell me what you thought!

What do you think? Do you agree? Do you love it? Or am i a complete tool? Any response is welcome!

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