THE GREEN KNIGHT
Starring: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Ralph Ineson, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Barry Keoghan, Erin Kellyman
Director: David Lowery
A bit overlong, though never without justification, David Lowery's The Green Knight is a stunner of the highest caliber. An epic that is always centered on the personal, there's nothing in fantasy quite like it. Lowery's camera moves with patience and precision, capturing both the intimate and the enormous, while the story is anchored by a perfect leading performance from the increasingly impressive Dev Patel and phenomenal voice work from Ralph Ineson. The cinematography is magnificent, but refuses to overshadow the film's most impressive feat - sincere faithfulness to unconventional source material bolstered by fantastic production design and makeup technique.
Although a tad long and a bit slow at parts, The Green Knight boasts such beautifully dreamlike visuals and arresting cinematography that it’s easy to get swept up in this unconventional take on the Arthurian legend. On top of that, Dev Patel is superb, grounding the more fantastical elements with his quiet humanity. Fair or not, it’s the first time I’ve seen a Patel performance and didn’t think “oh, it’s the kid from Slumdog Millionaire.” The film isn’t a 100% faithful adaptation, which may annoy purists, but it’s still one of my favorite movies of the year.