The Green Knight

The Green Knight ★★★★

Not everyone is destined for greatness. That is one of the few ideas that manages to resonate clearly through David Lowrey's murky adaptation of the 14th century poem. Technically, The Green Knight is brilliant. The casting, performances, costumes, sets, locations, the cinematography - all breathtaking. All of that helps to overcome what is fundamentally a very meandering story, losing its way in a forest of characters, plot threads, and ideas. By the end, Lowrey manages to navigate his way out, but only barely. Still, The Green Knight gets away with it, echoing the poetic tone of the original story, and embracing a dark surrealism that captivates far more than any plot it conjures up.

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