TL;DR – Visually visceral, narratively interesting, and almost entirely engaging.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Post-Credit Scene – There is a post-credit scene
Disclosure – I paid for the Amazon Prime subscription that viewed this movie.
The Green Knight Review –
Everyone has a narrative style that they are just a sucker for, it could be road trip movies or WW2 war films, or like me, it is taking myths from the old and reinterpreting in a modern context. This can be the bombasticness of Greek Legend, the sharpness of Norse Legend, or, as we get today, the weirdness of Arthurian Mythology.
So to set the scene, we start the film with a bucket of water in the face as Gawain (Dev Patel) is woken up in a brothel by his lover Essel (Alicia Vikander). Gawain might be hungover, but it is Christmas morning, and Gawain has duties to attend to. While his Mother (Sarita Choudhury) stays at home, Gawain heads to the keep to the feast of King Arthur (Sean Harris) and Queen Guinevere (Kate Dickie). However, a stranger on horseback arrived during the feast, a man made of bark and leaves, the Green Knight (Ralph Ineson). Walking up to the King, he lays out a challenge, and Gawain is the only one to take up the charge.
TL;DR – It has a good message, and I give it full props for trying something new even if it does not all completely come together
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Due to the vagaries of international copyright law, there are some stories that
you will see over and over again because
they have had the good grace to enter the public domain, which is becoming more
and more difficult to do. This means that anyone can make a film based around
the King Arthur mythology, and there have been a lot of them, including King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (see
review) from a couple of years ago, which I really liked, but I think I was
alone in that. Well, today we get a new
film based around this mythology, which is trying to do something a little different,
even if it doesn’t all quite come together.
So to set the scene, we open with a really well designed animated sequence that
gives you in a couple of minutes a quick overview of this particular film’s
take on the Arthurian mythology. With Arthur banishing Morgana (Rebecca
Ferguson) under the Earth, but in a last act of defiance,
she cursed the world that one day when the country was leaderless she should
return and take what is hers. Flash forward to 2019 and England is just as she
predicted … looks at today’s news … yikes they really timed this film well. Well
out in Britain there is still but a hope
because one Alex Elliot (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) runs into a construction yard
after being chased by some bullies and finds a rock with a sword in it … yes, that sword … and like all true and noble heroes, he is able to pull it from the rock.
This puts in motion a series of events because in four days there will be a
total solar eclipse and Morgana will rise.
TL;DR – King Arthur is a fascinating film as long as you don’t care that much about the source material, though it does have more than a few lulls and awkward story moments
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
So this was a surprise, from all accounts, and my own expectations going in I was expecting a dumpster fire in movie form. Instead what I got was sure a flawed film in many respects but also a really interesting one as well. So today we are going to look out how this film approaches the legend, how the cast works, then the parts of the film that excel and the parts that really fall short. So let’s begin with how they approach the myth of King Arthur, and well it’s interesting.