The Green Knight

The Green Knight ★★★★★

If you had asked me this morning whether I thought David Lowery was one of the best filmmakers still working, I would have told you that yes, he probably is one of the best filmmakers still working. Having now seen The Green Knight, I would definitely tell you that he is one of the best filmmakers still working today, perhaps even ever.

The Green Knight is a slow-burner. Whilst visually it is stunning, its story is, as with Lowery's other films, mainly a spiritual one, depicting a journey physically that may not initially feel complete, but a spiritual journey that is juicier than maybe anything he's made so far. Some will certainly finish the film disappointed, expecting more action and more medieval delights which are substituted for those more familiar with Lowery's ponderings and explorations of life and death.

Myself, I was utterly blown away by the film (something I'm very thankful for, seeing as it has been my most anticipated film since early 2019, through numerous push-backs and teasings from those in the United States...), expecting something similar to A Ghost Story but not something that might give it a fair run for its money!

Everything about the film is just so spectacularly wonderful, from Dev Patel, who gives a performance that has already won my Oscar, to the cinematography, to Daniel Hart's score. It's a journey that I am so happy I took, one that I am sure to take again very soon and one that I am continuing to take even as I write this.

As I mentioned before, The Green Knight has such a spiritual quality about it, one that cements it firmly in the mind long after the credits (and the very important post-credits 'scene' have finished. Both the story and the filmmaking themselves contain elements that took my breath away, with the latter boasting several sequences with tinges of psychedelia that boost the film out of the medieval period, somehow making it a timeless story, one that could apply to so many people everywhere, even to me and to you living in our modern world, which pairs incredibly with the film's message; live life without fearing death and the journey will be a lot less rough.

Lowery's technique is always to let the audience do the work, something that I admire so much and something that I really value in a filmmaker and in the films that I watch. The ending of the film is so ambiguous to the point that I had to spend a while handling it in my mind, rewatching it in my mind's eye to get the most out of it, which has proved useful because, without spoiling anything, it's the tiny details in this piece that convey the most meaning, which is sometimes hard to see in amongst the marvels that are presented to us as an audience from the first minute to the last.

Again, this film is not for everyone, but to those who love film as a form of art, this film is a whole exhibition, worth every second of your time. It has so much to offer that I sincerely hope does as much for you as it has done for me. And now the waiting game begins again for my new most anticipated film: Peter Pan & Wendy.

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