The Green Knight – Too Much Art

Rating (2.5 out of 5)

Summary: I can understand how someone will say this is the best movie out there. And for many others, this is probably a 4.5 out of 5. For me, I am a simple man who likes simple things. “The Green Night” is when we lay art on top of the art that becomes a movie just for art’s sake. But it isn’t for me.

For an excellent movie review, check out Mick LaSalle at the San Francisco Chronicle (The Green Night).

My thoughts are there are long periods where no one talks, similar to “A Ghost Story.” Again, that can be fine at times, but 1 hour of the movie felt like a silent film. Then when someone speaks, it is a prolonged speech about the colors Green and Red. The speech was overdone, as the color scheming was fairly obvious. This was a similar style as in “A Ghost Story.”

One scene shows the dichotomy of views in this film. Sir Gawain has been mugged and is tied up. The scene circles around, showing the grass develop over the terrain through time, with the camera finally coming around to see the bones of Sir Gawain. We circle back around to Sir Gawain now, and he takes action to free himself. This was predictable and slowed the film down. My eyes rolled when it started. Now I am sure Scott loves this.

The Green Night is well done and is the best part of the film. An iconic image that is similar to Fauno from “Pan’s Labyrinth.” The movie tries, which I do appreciate. I think it just tried a bit too hard. It is a film by David Lowery of “A Ghost Story” and “The Old Man & A Gun,” so I knew what I was getting into when with “The Green Night.” My wife wouldn’t make it 15 minutes through this movie, and glad she didn’t join us at the theater.

Plot: Sir Gawain (Dev Patel) participates in the Christmas game with the Green Knight (Ralph Ineson). Gawain chops off his head and now must meet the Green Knight the following Christmas to meet the same fate.