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The Green Knight

A reckless knight embarks on a daring quest to confront the Green Knight.


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Directed by David Lowery, this is an adaptation of the 14th-century Arthurian poem, 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight'. 'The Green Knight' follows young knight and King Arthur's nephew, Gawain (Dev Patel, from 'Lion'), who challenges the mythical Green Knight to a game: he can attack him with a sword, in exchange for receiving an attack of equal magnitude the following year. When Gawain decapitates the knight, but sees that he is still alive, he must face his destiny: find him one year later to die. This is a contemplative epic, which unfolds at a low burn and, at first glance, may seem to make little sense. However, similar to another Lowery film (the wonderful 'A Ghost Story'), this is the kind of story that challenges the viewer to come to terms with their own humanity, specifically with the inevitable nature of death at the hands of time's own passing. Those expecting an adventure akin to 'The Lord of the Rings' may be a bit disappointed, but those wishing to approach 'The Green Knight' on these terms will find a true work of art filled with captivating imagery.



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An epic fantasy adventure based on the timeless Arthurian legend, The Green Knight tells the story of Sir Gawain, King Arthur's reckless and headstrong nephew, who embarks on a daring quest to confront the eponymous Green Knight, a gigantic emerald-skinned stranger and tester of men. Gawain contends with ghosts, giants, thieves, and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character and prove his worth in the eyes of his family and kingdom by facing the ultimate challenger. From visionary filmmaker David Lowery comes a fresh and bold spin on a classic tale from the knights of the round table.

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