Disastrous movie challenges you to leave the theater
Duration: 130 minutes
Director: David Lowery
Actors: Dev Patel, Sarita Choudhury, Sean Harris, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie
In theaters from September 23, 2021 (Singapore)
There are independent films, and then there are independent films.
Some of them are award-winning films that highlight social inequalities, like Parasite by famed director Bong Joon Ho (2019), or those that propel their actors to winning awards like how JK Simmons received 40 accolades for his intense psychopathic interpretation of ruthless jazz. Whiplash instructor (2014).
And then there are the boring, incomprehensible and boring award-winning ones.
The Green Knight is one of those walking disasters. If you’ve never endured bad movies in your life, it would be up to you to watch them, if not just to taste a little over two hours of excruciating pain and intellectual deprivation.
As part of a balanced review, I recognize that there are a few redemptive bits of the film, based on the old poem from Arthurian legends, Sir Gwain and the Green Knight. Even so, I do it with enormous reluctance.
Director David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon, The Old Man & the Gun) may have made his only good judgment to shoot his little project in various locations in Ireland. The result is a visual feast for the eyes, which takes place over the misty and spectacularly verdant grounds of the Irish countryside and its famous castles, immersing viewers in the rapturous medieval world of the legend of King Arthur and his knights of the Round table.
But alas, that is all that is beyond reproach. King Arthur (Sean Harris) and his Queen Guinevere (Kate Dickie) are sickly and frail, Gauvain (Dev Patel) is not much of a knight, and there’s no real plot or cohesive story.
Gauvain is a womanizer and deadbeat son of Morgana Le Fay (Sarita Choudhury), sister of King Arthur and a witch hated by all Camelot. Basically it’s a coming of age story about our young knight in the making.
He cuts off the head of an otherworldly green knight creature (Ralph Ineson) who arrives on a beautiful Christmas, challenging anyone to duel him but receive, a year later, the same blow as they inflicted it on him.
As part of the game, Gauvain beheads the Green Knight. He is held responsible by King Arthur, and a year later he is forced to take a trip he does not want to take, in order to hold his end of the bargain.
I felt like an unfortunate prisoner myself, watching Dev Patel ruin all the credibility he has accumulated since the seven BAFTAs of Slumdog Millionaire (2008).
His chivalrous quest is a mishmash of meaningless scenes where he is filmed for minutes riding a horse doing nothing, picking up a skull in a river only to come back to a maid who can’t decide whether she’s dead or alive, trying to get a hitch. of a troop of stray giants from Attack on Titan, and cum on the green belt his mother gave him as a souvenir charm.
What the bloody green devil.
It is not clear whether Gwain’s journey was to find courage and become the nephew and royal knight he was meant to become, or whether he fully imagined what his life might have been like after getting high. on magic mushrooms.
Even the music was a dissonant, cacophonous orchestral nightmare that didn’t match the scenes it was meant to accompany. It was as if composer Daniel Hart was using a bunch of baboons to play on instruments while shooting them with arrows.
It’s like David Lowery is trying to challenge moviegoers to leave the cinema halfway. If that was his goal, then congratulations, Dave.
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