#Green Knight

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Review: The Green Knight weaves a compelling coming-of-age fantasy quest

The tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, immortalized in a 14th-century anonymous poem, is among the most popular of the Arthurian legends, second only to the quest for the Holy Grail. Yet I would argue that it has never been successfully adapted to film—until now. Director David Lowery's new film, The Green Knight, takes some necessary liberties with the source material. But he also artfully weaves in elements and symbols from that source material to create a darkly brooding fantasy quest that is just as richly textured and layered as the medieval poem on which it is based.
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‘The Green Knight’ Filmmaker David Lowery on the “Nightmare” Shoot and ‘Peter Pan & Wendy’

The director reflects on an improbable career straddling A24 and Disney and talks the virtues of 'Hook.'. 2020 had very few silver linings, but for The Green Knight filmmaker David Lowery, the coronavirus pandemic-related delay allowed him to reshape his Arthurian epic with newfound perspective after a rather grueling shoot. Based on the 14th-century Arthurian poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Lowery’s second A24 film chronicles King Arthur’s impulsive nephew, Sir Gawain (Dev Patel), and his quest to confront the Green Knight (Ralph Ineson) after agreeing to the giant treelike creature’s challenge. Shot in the spring of 2019, Lowery’s cast and crew battled the elements of Ireland’s breathtaking countryside, all while the director endured his own personal ailments. And since the film was originally slated to premiere at 2020’s South by Southwest, Lowery appreciated the opportunity to recover from the shoot and rework his cut with fresh eyes throughout the first six months of the pandemic.
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'The Green Knight' takes a dream-like trip through the Arthurian legend

(CNN) — "The Green Knight" offers a reminder, if any were needed, why you don't see many movies adapted from 14th-century poems. Even those intrigued by tales of King Arthur and his knights might find this ambitious film as impenetrable as armor, although the lush imagery and epic tone provide some compensation for embarking on this weird, hallucinatory trip.
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New film 'The Green Knight,' with Dev Patel, adds a Kafka-esque twist to the heroic quest

Director David Lowery’s new film “The Green Knight,” out Friday, comes draped in lush visuals and the cultural caché of the medieval epic poem on which the story is based. But the movie’s modern, slyly deflationary approach to its material has as much to do with that classic film of antiheroism, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” as it does with high Arthurian legend.

David Lowery Almost Quit Filmmaking Before ‘Green Knight’ Release: ‘It Was a Very Existential Year’

[The following post contains spoilers for “The Green Knight.”]. Ten years ago, David Lowery was a virtually unknown Texan filmmaker pushing his short film “Pioneer” at Sundance. Since then, he has gone on to work on studio projects like Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” and the upcoming “Peter Pan and Wendy,” as well as the Robert Redford romance “The Old Man and the Gun.” Through it all, Lowery has remained an innovative and unpredictable storyteller whose work is steeped in awe-inspiring moments that retain an intimate quality irrespective of their scale. Having made the lo-fi hit “A Ghost Story” after “Pete’s Dragon,” Lowery continues to build a body of work that tips in and out of big-budget filmmaking as his signature blend of sensitivity and enigmatic storytelling deepens each time out.
Vanity Fair

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.
Vanity Fair

The Green Knight Is This Summer’s Best Medieval Meditation on Death

Writer-director David Lowery has crafted another transfixing rumination on matters of mortality. With constant talk of disease and the fragility of the human body surrounding us for the last many months, it’s quite understandable that we should become preoccupied with death. Fears of mortality both immediate—what was the source of that cough?—and more wide-ranging—what happens after we die?—have lately taken nagging root in my mind, distracting me as I go about the regular things of life. Like, say, watching a movie.

The Green Knight Clip: Dev Patel Is Your Knight in Shining … Nothing

Sure, The Green Knight is an epic tale adapted from a late-14th-century English poem about King Arthur and his knights of Camelot, one of which, Sir Gawain, embarks on a deadly, divine quest to battle the titular knight, a gigantic tree creature, along the way facing his magical fate at the hands of his sorceress mother, but this brand-new clip from A24 is mostly about how good Dev Patel looks when soaking wet. Something about the collarbones … The Oscar nominee and his full face of hair star in David Lowery’s stylistic adaptation with Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Sarita Choudhury, Kate Dickie, Ralph Ineson, Barry Keoghan, and Sean Harris. Legend has it the film was meant to arrive summer 2020, but a great plague put a curse on all the movie theaters. Luckily, all it takes is a journey to a COVID-19 vaccination center (and a mask) to enjoy The Green Knight in theaters on July 30.
Vanity Fair

Director David Lowery on The Green Knight’s Eerie Influences

And how the pandemic helped him learn to stop hating his own movie. Like many other films debuting in 2021, The Green Knight was originally meant to open last year. Writer-director David Lowery, best-known for low-key, Western-influenced indies like Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, A Ghost Story, and The Old Man & the Gun, was all set to unveil his adaptation of the Arthurian legend in his home state of Texas at the 2020 South by Southwest film festival. There was only one problem: He didn’t like it yet. “Sometimes movies just aren’t ready,” he tells Vanity Fair.
Austin American-Statesman

Review: In 'The Green Knight,' heads roll, especially yours

In theaters this weekend, a creeping crown lands from the sky upon a man’s head and consumes him in fire. Giants striding a canyon refuse calls for a ride. And a tree asks to play a game, and if there’s a lesson to be learned, it’s maybe just ... don’t do that?
The Christian Science Monitor

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...