Lenny’s review published on Letterboxd:
Finally green light for The Green Knight - After more than a year, the eagerly awaited fantasy epic makes it to the big screen. While waiting for the film the expectations and hopes for it have risen to infinity.
Director David Lowery uses a story from the Arthurian legend. However, it is not about Arthur, but about his nephew Gawain who wants to face the mysterious Green Knight. He sets out on a long journey to confront him in battle. With this odyssey he wants to prove to the citizens of the kingdom and also to himself that he is worthy.
Thus, The Green Knight is a classic hero's journey. Something that you actually don't see that often anymore. Above all, it is interesting because this journey is told as a parable in stages. Namely, during his adventure Gawain encounters a wide variety of people, creatures and, of course, dangers. And each of these encounters leaves its mark on him in a very special way. They make him go above and beyond, but all the responsibility also seems to go to his head.
Dev Patel knows how to bring out this dichotomy in his acting. At one moment, like Gawain, he tries to cover up his insecurity due to his narrow-mindedness, at another moment he drops his facade and his intimidated disposition comes out. He wants to dominate his environment, but his environment dominates him. Alicia Vikander, in particular, plays a crucial role in this construct and proves an absolute mysteriousness emanating from her character with a very calm performance.
All that is well and good and would be a sufficient basis for a solid film. However, what makes The Green Knight not only worth seeing, but absolutely worth seeing, is the cinematography. Every single frame is truly a work of art behause there's just so much that comes together to make this film a breathtaking visual experience. The whole look simply contributes to the fact that you are thrown into this magical world and sink into it. And the powerful images sometimes let you endure some very lengthy passages.
One had to wait a long time for this film. About a year. As long as Dev Patel as Gawain has time to face the Green Knight. Waiting may not have been as arduous as Gawain's journey, but still this film just feels like an achievement in the end. It has become a film that perhaps tells nothing new, but is nevertheless staged in a unique way. And it is precisely this visual dimension that is most convincing and fascinating about The Green Knight. Exactly for this reason the film simply belongs to the cinema!