What you need to know about The Green Knight
Art film fans are here for “The Green Knight,” a trippy phantasmagoria of shirtless scenes featuring Dev Patel and Joel Edgerton. Without a better word to describe it, the movie seems weird.
The story has giants, a talking fox, as well as allusions to the Celtic year wheel as reconstructed into modern Wicca. But the original “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” was a deeply weird story in the first place.
Yes, those who are eagerly awaiting the film’s release may or may not be aware that the story is loosely based on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
The medieval classic “The Green Knight” is being given an A24 sheen with some modern plot twists, but the original is rooted in the lore of King Arthur’s Round Table.
Here are some important details about the story.
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From King Arthur’s table to beyond
The story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was written by an unknown medieval author in the 14th century when king Arthur was bored and refused to eat until someone told him to.
As Camelot enjoys a truly elegant evening, they are suddenly interrupted by an enormous green man on a gigantic green horse. It is the Green Knight’s challenge to any knight to swing their own axe at him. This baffles the court, and the Green Knight calls them out for becoming closed off and wimpy in Camelot.
Guinevere’s nephew, Sir Gawain, is enraged by this and beheads the Green Knight with his own axe. However, the Green Knight does not give up, and he picks up his head and demands that Sir Gawain meet him in a year to receive an axe to the neck.
Gawain spends the rest of the story wandering through England, visiting a castle, and facing death’s looming threat.
In many ways, “The Green Knight” is suited perfectly for today’s society, in which death is always lurking just around the corner, despite having been cut off from much of the natural world.
This trailer gives us a glimpse of the freaky visuals of the movie, indicating that its memento mori aspects are very much intact.
The Green Knight | Official Trailer HD | A24
From director David Lowery and starring Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, and Joel Edgerton. The Green Knight – In Theaters July 30.