THE GREEN KNIGHT (2021)
Dev Patel delivers a career-best performance, perhaps the year’s best, in David Lowery’s medieval fantasy epic that is visually breathtaking and thematically brilliant.
An adaptation of an old legend told through a poem, The Green Knight follows Sir Gawain (Patel) as he journeys to confront the Green Knight following an encounter one year prior, a voyage that challenges him and every turn. Lowery’s film is an explorative tale of character development and introspection, one that trades action for an intriguing study of Patel’s Sir Gawain. Each step along the way is a test of psyche for the man as said challenges are depicted through increasingly dreamlike encounters. The Green Knight is visually mesmerizing and narratively riveting every step of the way with Lowery filling in the gaps of the original legend with interpretations that are as intriguing as they are unique.
The supporting cast of Alicia Vikander (in dual roles), Joel Edgerton, Sarita Choudhury, and Sean Harris is exceptional, but Patel is the extraordinary standout with unwavering commitment and powerful delivery. The Green Knight, via Patel, is at its best when no dialogue is said at all, rather the actor’s facial expressions and physical mannerisms carry the scene, setting the tone. The film itself is much deeper than the surface-level story and themes immediately identified, thought-provoking at every turn and even more so long after the credits roll.
The Green Knight is a triumph for the already renowned filmmaker, a true cinematic spectacle that very well deserves to be considered one of the best films of the year.
The Green Knight hits theaters Friday.
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