‘The Green Knight’ Review: Monty Python and the Seventh Seal

He is not a knight, let’s get that out of the way right now. When people mistakenly refer to him as Sir Gawain, he has to mutter out a reprimand, which is awkward for both of them. He’s a hanger-on at the Round Table, relying on his good looks, charm, and family ties to get by.

Sorcerer mother Sarita Choudhury (Sean Harris) and his uncle King Arthur (Sean Harris) are both great sorcerers. He occasionally appears at the royal court, but he spends much of his time in the tavern and the bawdy house instead.

Adapted from an anonymous 14th-century chivalric tale, “The Green Knight,” stars Dev Patel as Gawain, a character who manages to embody both an instantly recognisable modern paradigm and an ancient literary ideal. When it comes to quest storylines, actor Dev Patel is an expert.

He has been in such films as The Personal History of David Copperfield, Slumdog Millionaire, and Lion. This character can convey the humour and the agony of a young man’s search for purpose, identity, and adventure in a hostile world in equal measure.

In the midst of all the strangeness and enchantment, Patel captures the audience’s sympathy, and Gawain stands out as a relatable character — an Everyman, to mix up the English-major metaphors.

To set the mood for the rest of the film, director Lowery employs classic horror-movie sound effects, spells and fires, and vibrations of ominous prophecy. (See also: “Ghost Story”; “Pete Dragon”; and “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”). Although the story he tells us is important in terms of morality and spirituality, he appears to be enjoying himself as well.

Pop-cultural medievalism, from Wagner to “Game of Thrones,” has a history of infusing sublimity and solemnity with a healthy dosage of absurdity, whether on purpose or by accident. My favourite thing about “The Green Knight” is that it often evokes “The Seventh Seal” and “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” in the best possible way. Maybe it’s the other way around, with a few deep cuts from Led Zeppelin thrown in.

“Metal acquainted” is a Daniel Hart composition. It’s a film about death, honour, and the urge to control one’s own destiny but also explores the absurdity of such concepts. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be in love with an animal that seems like it might have come straight out of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, this is the movie for you!

This is a Christmas movie in the same vein as “Die Hard,” which is to say it’s a religious parable dressed up for the holidays in somewhat goofy garb. Gawain, who spent the morning in the embraces of Essel (Alicia Vikander), had no tales of adventure to tell to a Yuletide meeting hosted by the sad king.

Gawain is the only one dumb enough to accept a challenge from a melancholy green giant (voiced by Ralph Ineson). he can strike him if he allows the Green Knight to smite him back the next Christmas.

Gawain is beheaded as a result of this schoolyard challenge, which sets him on a delirious trip into, around, and through the certainty of death. Barry Keoghan, Erin Kellyman, Joel Edgerton, and other characters brought to life by Lowery, his cinematographer (Andrew Droz Palermo) and the special-effects artists appear in the film as well.

Visually and philosophically, things can get a little confusing at times. You have to squint and crane your neck to see what’s going on in England in the wintertime, which has never been gloomier. The shaggy-dog plot and its levels of importance may cause you to tilt your chin in the same way. “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” retains its allure because of its tenacious obscurity. Even if many of the phrases, ideas, and tropes are spooky in their familiarity, they come from a sensibility and a language that is tantalisingly beyond our reach.

Lowery acknowledges and appreciates this eccentricity, and he goes out of his way to incorporate it into his work. No, this isn’t anything close to a proper film adaptation of the Gawain poem. Lowery creates ambiguities that are unique to the medium he’s working in by having certain actors play multiple roles and by enabling the story’s linear progression to stop, reverse, and unravel.

Whether or not Gawain is awake or asleep, alive or dead, one self or another, is an issue that needs to be addressed at various points in time. The mystery of his free will is just as baffling. Is he following a predetermined screenplay, or is he writing his own story? Is he gaining anything of value, or is he merely looking for the next adventure? Is this a concept album or a free-form jam?

These inquiries carry an unusually strong emotional charge. Finally, “The Green Knight” rises to a swirling, fevered pitch of passion and philosophical sincerity that is always intriguing. Quest romances are unique in that the reader (or viewer, in this case) is taken on a trip alongside the hero. We grow closer to him as he comes to grips with the gravity of his predicament.

Through his hardships, he has gained an understanding of himself that we may benefit from.

Gawain is confronted with evil and acts of kindness. This feels more like something that has occurred to everyone, rather than something out of the realm of possibility. In their simplicity and applicability, the lessons he learns about dignity, grace, and courage are astounding. He makes his way back to where he began and discovers the location for the first time. It’s worth seeing this film again.

The Grasshopper

Medieval dude, this movie is rated R. Running time: 2 hours and 5 minutes… Currently showing at local cinemas.