Cory’s review published on Letterboxd:
I'm so torn on this one. The Green Knight is a technical marvel. Incredible cinematography. Wonderful set pieces & costume design. Bits of surrealism. A solid atmosphere. There's a lot to chew on. I want to sit on it to see which way my opinion sways before I give out a rating. I don't want to deter anyone from seeing it, either. It's absolutely worth checking out for yourself!
EDIT: Sat on this for a hot minute ‐ talked to some people who loved it & some who didn't - here's the skinny on why I'm so on the fence. The CGI fox was obviously cute, but I found it distracting & it pulled me out of the Arthurian fantasy quite a bit. Even though Dev Patel's performance was great, I wasn't able to fully connect with Gawain as a character. The script had minimal characterization, so I had very little emotional investment while following him on his long journey. I also can't remember any sort of dialogue that struck me as memorable or profound - a lack of action demands that your pen be mightier than your sword. The original text is such a treat to read. Overall, I couldn't help feeling like the perceptual spectacle distracted you from what's happening on the inside - especially when considering it's runtime. It's similar to making a sandwich with the finest French bread & a homemade Garlic Aioli, but only putting one thinly sliced piece of meat on it. Certainly edible - but I wouldn't say that's a sandwich worth losing your head for..
There's still much to enjoy about The Green Knight, & this is only my mixed opinion. I liked it, but didn't love it like I had hoped to. Look forward to a rewatch; maybe my opinion will change for the better.
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