A hollow shell, masquerading as having substance.
If you thought the trailer looked interesting, you wouldn’t be wrong. Along with the medieval setting, there are some interesting visual elements scattered throughout The Green Knight which may fool unsuspecting movie-goers into thinking it’s worth seeing.
Sir Gawain (Dev Patel) is King Arthur’s nephew and eventual heir to the throne. Things take a turn when the spooky and intimidating Green Knight makes an unexpected visit to the annual Christmas banquet and puts up a challenge to the guests to fight him.
Without giving too much away, what happens at the banquet is in direct contradiction to the key premise of the entire film – even though it could have been easily explained or written to make some sort of logical sense. Reminiscent of the gaping plot holes in the final season of Game of Thrones, credibility is completely lost.
The acting isn’t half bad, but when even the main story doesn’t add up, they need to work with what they’re given script-wise. Alicia Vikander gives an accomplished performance as Gawain’s love interest Essel, aside from her attempt at a Northern accent which at times makes it hard to concentrate on much else.
Several reviewers are giving this top marks for the fact that this is not not your typical Hollywood action flick. The overall tone has a different flow and parts are pure fantasy. That doesn’t mean it’s good, though! This badly needed a gripping story with continuity far more than it needed a change of pace.
The Green Knight premieres in Sweden on 13 August.
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