#The Green Knight

The Green Knight First Reviews: An Ambitious "Visual Masterpiece" Built On A Career-Defining Performance from Dev Patel

David Lowery is a filmmaker who has no problem balancing original indies (A Ghost Story) and major studio projects (Pete’s Dragon) and keeping a consistent flair for folklore and experimental artistry. His latest, The Green Knight, is based on a medieval tale from Arthurian legend and stars Oscar-nominated actor Dev Patel as the Round Table figure Sir Gawain. While the first reviews praise its unique take on the source material and award-worthy visuals, many acknowledge that its pacing and unconventional storytelling might not be for everyone. But if this is your kind of thing, it sounds like you’re in for an incredible time.
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Dev Patel's new movie pulled from UK cinemas ahead of release

The Green Knight's UK cinema release has been pulled due to coronavirus concerns. The medieval fantasy epic, which stars Dev Patel, was due to hit cinemas on August 6 but due to the surge of COVID cases in the UK, the Entertainment Film Distributors have decided to hold the release for now.
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The Green Knight Has Been Pulled From Theaters In UK Ahead Of Debut

If the world hadn’t been thrown into disarray last year by the COVID-19 pandemic, the A24 film The Green Knight, starring Slumdog Millionaire and Lion’s Dev Patel, would have been released in theaters on May 29, 2020. Instead, like so many other movies, The Green Knight was pulled from the schedule, but after over a year of waiting, it’s finally set to come out this Friday, July 30 in the United States. But bad news, people in the United Kingdom: the plan for The Green Knight to come out on August 6 has been scrapped.
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Before 'The Green Knight', There Was the Madness of the R-Rated 'Excalibur'

By definition, fantasy stories can be as weird and wild as their creators want them to be. It’s one of the joys of the genre. Which is why it’s kind of a bummer that we’ve gotten so few envelope-pushing, adult-oriented fantasy movies over the years. Quick -- name a good R-rated fantasy film. No, Game of Thrones and The Witcher don’t count; those are TV shows. I’m talking about feature films made for the big screen here. Okay, maybe you came up with Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth or John Milius’s Conan the Barbarian. Sure, those would qualify. Although Conan was followed up by a watered-down PG sequel, and Pan’s Labyrinth could be lumped into that category of “horror films that have a fantasy bent.” (See also: “Action films that have a fantasy bent,” where the Highlander franchise largely lives.)

The Green Knight Is a Ravishing, Unsettling Fantasy

Sir Gawain is a member of the Round Table, but when The Green Knight begins, he’s just a kid reluctant to commit himself to anything more than carousing. “I’ve got time!” he insists when asked if he’s managed to become a knight. “I’m not ready yet.” Gawain is played by Dev Patel, and the first time the camera pulls back through the window of what turns out to be a house of ill repute, it finds him sprawled in unbothered slumber in a bed belonging to his favored companion, Essel (Alicia Vikander), looking more like a shipping heir on perpetual vacation than a medieval icon of chivalry. It’s good to be Gawain, who’s beautiful and carefree and nephew to the king (Sean Harris), and who’s invited to sit by the great man’s side during the Yuletide feast. It’s good to be Gawain until we see his uncertainty, the quivers of fear that he’s not putting off greatness so much as he is incapable of achieving it. Asked to share a story about himself, Gawain confesses that he doesn’t have one to tell. “Yet,” murmurs the queen (Kate Dickie). As if on cue, an imposing rider (Ralph Ineson) with a booming voice and a face that looks hewn out of wood appears at the entrance to the hall, wanting to play a bloody game of his own devising.

The 5 films that inspired The Green Knight, according to director David Lowery

David Lowery’s The Green Knight premieres in theaters this weekend and, by many accounts, it’s one of the best films of the year. Inspired by the 14th-century Welsh legend Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the film stars Dev Patel as King Arthur’s novice nephew who, after accepting the challenge of the terrifying tree-bearded Knight himself, ventures forth into a dark and mythical world on a chivalric quest for honor and glory.

Green Knight Director David Lowery Added 60 VFX Shots and Re-Edited the Film During Pandemic Delays

David Lowery first encountered the 14th century poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in his college freshman English class. It tells the story of a literal green knight who invites any of the knights of King Arthur’s Round Table to try to land a blow against him. “That type of chivalric game was something that actually existed as a way to test one’s honor. It exists in other poems, it exists in other texts, it exists in historical records,” says Lowery.
Santa Fe Reporter

‘The Green Knight’ Review

Something about The Green Knight doesn’t click. It’s a beautiful film made more so by workhorse actor Dev Patel’s face, yet it never escapes the confines of its source material; sometimes Arthurian poems don’t translate well to 21st century cinema. But hey, it’s worth a shot. In the pale gray...

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.