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The Green Knight

Director David Lowery tackles your most burning questions. Director David Lowery’s highly anticipated film, The Green Knight, is adapted from the anonymously written 14th-century poem “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” which most English majors have had to read at least once. It tells a rather simple story about King Arthur’s nephew Sir Gawain, who accepts a challenge from a supernaturally oversized knight on New Year’s Eve—and has one year to deliver on his side of the bargain. On his journey to find the Green Knight, Gawain encounters the usual Arthurian tests of honor and character, and comes out the other side a little more worse for wear than some of his fellow knights of the Round Table.
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How The Green Knight Transforms the 14th-Century Poem It’s Adapted From

“I don’t have a story,” says Gawain—not yet Sir Gawain, as he’s not yet a knight—at the beginning of The Green Knight, David Lowery’s new film based on the late 14th-century Middle English poem, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.* The point of the film is to give him one, and if that story hews pretty closely to the “Hero’s Journey” formulated by the late folklorist Joseph Campbell and deeply beloved by Hollywood screenwriters ever since George Lucas dreamed up Luke Skywalker, it also brings a more somber and mature tone to what’s become a movie cliché.
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‘The Green Knight’ Ending Explained: The Value of Honor

[Editor’s Note: This article contains spoilers for The Green Knight.]. At the climax of The Green Knight, Gawain (Dev Patel) finally reaches the Green Chapel where, one year after his confrontation with the Green Knight (Ralph Ineson), he has come to meet the Knight again, which Gawain believes will mean his death. Although he wears a sash he received from The Lay (Alicia Vikander), which is supposed to protect him from all injury, he is still afraid of receiving a blow that would sever his head from his shoulders. At first he flinches, then he tells the Green Knight to wait, and then he flees.

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The Green Knight, Masquerade and 18 best horror movies to watch this weekend, July 30-August 1

Best horror movies available to watch this weekend, July 30-August 1. Another weekend is upon us, and that means it’s time to break down some of the best horror movies to watch at home, on streaming, VOD, or in theaters! Since it is the first of a new month, there are even more best horror movies to watch than usual as streaming services traditionally add lots of new films at the beginning of each month. From a Nightmare on Elm Street collection to The Green Knight, here are 18 of the best horror movies to watch this weekend, July 30-August 1.

'The Green Knight' Review

The movie that The Green Knight most calls to mind isn’t an Arthurian tale like Excalibur or King Arthur, nor a fantasy epic like Pan’s Labyrinth or Labyrinth, but a Martin Scorsese classic. From the episodic structure of the storytelling to the symbolic and mythos-laden nature of the episodes themselves...
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Camelot-ta Movie! Audio Review of ‘The Green Knight’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review on the “The Green Knight,” a new release by David Lowery set during the King Arthur Days. In select theaters on July 30th, including Music Box Theatre and Davis Theatre of Chicago. Dev Patel portrays Gawain, the nephew of King Arthur...
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In a return to Camelot, ‘The Green Knight’ considers the price of honor

Kneeling in the fantastical Green Knight’s frondescent chapel, Sir Gawain is unflinching as he awaits word on whether he will have to pay the price of his long-awaited honor: his head. “The Green Knight,” from studio A24, preserves the epic roots of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” a poem...
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Dev Patel leads an epic quest in ‘The Green Knight’

Several heads roll, though it’s your mind that’ll get truly blown by “The Green Knight,” a visually dazzling and thoughtful trip back to Camelot. Director David Lowery, who crafted the magnificent and elegiac “A Ghost Story,” adapts a 14th-century epic poem into a surprisingly relevant and gleefully weird coming-of-age tale full of distressed ghosts, scheming bandits, naked giants and a talking fox. It’s not always obvious what points “The Green Knight”is trying to make, as Lowery chooses to leave a lot for audience interpretation. But here’s a fact: With a career-best performance, Dev Patel shines in a sumptuous, dark fantasy about honor, consequence and mortality.

REVIEW: The Green Knight (2021) dir. David Lowery

When I was a kid, I was a sucker for medieval stuff; I loved tromping around the woods with whatever I could reasonably pretend was a sword, and spent many a weekend at Higgins’ Armory (R.I.P.). Yet, perhaps strangely, I was never what you’d call a “fantasy kid.” Though I loved The Hobbit, I never felt compelled to take the full Tolkien dive, and I resisted the immersive temptations of Dungeons and Dragons. The issue, I think, is that I never particularly cared for the lore of high fantasy so much as the aesthetic. I loved Robin Hood and Merlin and knights and (especially) monsters, but I primarily thought of them as a sandbox in which to play. When it came to the heavy mythology nitty-gritty that tends to make the hardcore nerds salivate, it kind of started to feel like homework.