A cinematic Arthurian heroic poem, complete with knights, woodland creatures, saints, spirits and mythic quests.
Run all of that through the sort of slow-burn style and striking visuals that A24 is known for and you’ve got The Green Knight.
Incredibly well crafted, the sort of tone that the fantasy genre is sorely missing more of.
Dev Patel brings exactly the right blend of gravitas and arrogance, the scenery and production design are gorgeous, the tale weaves and meanders perfectly as fables should.
The sense of world and myth is huge and dense — it chooses contemplation and symbolism over action and succeeds massively in presenting something thoughtful and strange. More akin to Pan’s Labyrinth than The Lord of the Rings.
It’s slow and mostly ambiguous, but if that’s your thing then this comes highly recommended.