The shot of the cat looking out of the subway window is transcendent. Though seemingly bleak and melancholic, when the film ended, I felt buoyed, like a sense of hope. It's a film that seems like nothing the Coen had done before, but really it is a culmination of so many of their different films. Raising Arizona, Barton Fink, Fargo, Lebowski, O Brother, No Country, Serious Man: add them all up and you get this. Distinct, yet utterly familiar. The…
A vast, beautiful, and impressive film that really communicates the ideas and forms of an epic poem. Motivations, meanings, reality, identity are all ever changing. The sounds of the environment and language echo, the chorus of whispers build. Like Lowery's earlier film A Ghost Story, The Green Knight is interested in questions of legacy, fate, storytelling.
At times, The Green Knight felt a little inscrutable, some lines went unheard, some of the medieval font illegible to my eyes, lessons not quite learned, but I don't really mind. Like many good stories, I just found myself swept away in the tale. Look forward to revisiting.