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The Green Knight (Subtitled) (15)

Cast: Alicia Vikander, Dev Patel, Sarita Choudhury, Joel Edgerton, Kate Dickie
Genre: none
Author(s): David Lowery
Director: David Lowery
Release Date: 24/09/2021
Running Time: 130mins
Country: Ire/Can/US/UK
Year: 2021

King Arthur presides over Camelot but his reckless nephew Sir Gawain has yet to taste adventure. The mysterious Green Knight, who has been magically summoned by sorceress Morgan le Fay, barges into the royal court and invites the knights of Camelot to claim his green axe as a prize by striking one blow, in return for a single blow one year later. Gawain impetuously accepts the challenge, blind to the dire consequences of his actions.


LondonNet Film Review
The Green Knight (15)

In one haunting sequence from writer-director David Lowery’s reinvention of the 14th-century alliterative poem Sir Gawain And The Green Knight, a seemingly benign character assists the eponymous adventurer then whispers under their breath, “Remember this dream, because it gets tricky”. Those menacing words, lost to a bitter wind that swirls over battlefields strewn with contorted bodies, are an understatement. Equal parts beautiful, beguiling and befuddling, The Green Knight is a fantastical odyssey torn from Arthurian legend that casts Dev Patel as a booze-soaked disappointment to himself, who yearns to be regarded in reverence by the rowdy royal court…

Lowery’s script bookmarks Gawain’s quest into chapters in keeping with chivalric storytelling tradition, incorporating key motifs from the 2,500-word poem, which was translated into English by JRR Tolkien. Cinematographer Andrew Droz Palermo canters side by side with the director, conjuring woozy, nightmarish encounters with a Lord (Joel Edgerton) and Lady (Alicia Vikander) and an opportunistic scavenger (Barry Keoghan) that echo the mournful tone of Lowery’s 2017 film, A Ghost Story. A talking fox and a tribe of eerie giants marauding through billowing mist, both rendered using digital trickery beyond the understanding of Merlin (Emmet O’Brien), linger tantalisingly in the memory when the meaning of some heavily stylised vignettes slips through our grasp.

An increasingly frail and weary King Arthur (Sean Harris) presides over the kingdom of Camelot with Queen Guinevere (Kate Dickie) as valiant knights tuck into a lavish Christmas feast assembled along the round table. The king beckons reckless nephew Sir Gawain (Patel) to approach his throne so they might become better acquainted. “Tell me a tale of thyself so I may know thee,” urges Arthur. “I have none to tell,” ruefully responds Gawain. “Yet…” Guinevere corrects him, foreshadowing a life-changing odyssey that is already in motion thanks to the pagan witchcraft of Gawain’s mother, Morgan le Fay (Sarita Choudhury), and her chanting coven.

A hulking emerald-skinned warrior on horseback gate-crashes the Yuletide festivities and issues a challenge. The Green Knight (Ralph Ineson) offers his axe as a prize to any man who can land a glancing blow in combat. The challenger must agree to receive a blow of comparable force and ferocity the following December. Gawain impetuously accepts and one year hence, the king’s nephew honours his promise, embarking on an epic six-day journey north to the Green Chapel.

Shot in Ireland, The Green Knight employs a wintry colour palette to send a chill down the spine almost as much as composer Daniel Hart’s otherworldly score. Patel is compelling as a young man gripped by self-doubt, who strives to be perfect and discovers that the strongest armour can’t protect him from life’s most devastating blows. Nor should it, because pain, regret and acceptance are necessary steps on the path to nobility.

– Sarah Lee


London Cinemas Showing The Green Knight (Subtitled)


From: Friday 15th October
To: Thursday 21st October

Curzon Soho

Fri 11:45; Sun 11:20; Thu 14:50

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Curzon Soho

Mon 11:00; Wed 17:20

UK and Irish Cinemas Showing The Green Knight (Subtitled)


From: Friday 15th October
To: Thursday 21st October

From: Friday 22nd October
To: Thursday 28th October