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The Green Knight 4K UHD Review

“The Green Knight” is flawed and strange, but admirable.

Written and directed by David Lowery (who is best known for helming films like “The Old Man And The Gun,” “Pete’s Dragon,” and “A Ghost Story”), “The Green Knight” is a subverted take on the Arthurian tale “Sir Gawain And The Green Knight.” The story revolves around Morgan le Fay’s son Gawain. Gawain doesn’t have much of a reputation at this point nor is he a Knight. Instead, he appears to spend time with his lover Essel. On Christmas morning, he takes part in a feast in Camelot’s Round Table, but this occasion is soon interrupted by the appearance of the bewildering Green Knight. The Knight proposes a game in which anyone who can strike a blow against him will secure his green axe. In return, the person must travel to the Green Chapel in exactly 1 year to receive the same strike from the Green Knight. Gawain steps up to the challenge and beheads the Green Knight who is still alive afterward. A year passes and Gawain must embark on a quest to face his fate. Along the way he encounters bandits, a ghost, and a Lord and Lady.

“The Green Knight” is a deceptively simple adaptation of the medieval fantasy Arthurian legend about honor, bravery, temptation, proving your worth, cowardice, and reputation with a very surrealistic, artsy, and visually stunning tke by David Lowery. Much like his other work, it’s probably a bit too arty for its own good. While there’s no denying the film is breathtakingly gorgeous thanks to Lowery and cinematographer Andrew Droz Palermo who make this 15 million dollar movie look a whole lot more expensive, the film’s odd structure and lack of emotion detract from the viewing experience. For a story that’s about a quest, it should be a bit more exciting. Things happen (albeit at an unhurried pace), but they happen in a very heady manner as opposed to something that will make your heart beat faster. This tends to be the case with most of Lowery’s work in fact. I respect him for going against the grain, but sometimes his style doesn’t always work. Still, “The Green Knight” at least looks and feels cinematic with its lavish costumes, sets, location shooting, and special effects.

Cast wise, this is Dev Patel’s movie through and through. He carries it on his back and showcases even more range as an actor. You never know what kind of role the actor will take on next and I like that about him. Other standouts include Alicia Vikander in dual roles and Joel Edgerton as the Lord.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 2160p. How does it look? The imagery looks pristine in 2160p.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? The Atmos track is nothing short of lively.

Extras:
* Blu-ray copy
* Digital copy
* “The Green Knight” theatrical trailer and other A24 trailers.
* 2 featurettes titled “Practitioners Of Magic: Visual Effects” and “Illuminating Technique: Title Design.”
* “Boldest of Blood And Wildest Of Heart: Making The Green Knight”- A 35 minute making of with film clips, interviews, set footage, discussions about the material, and more. An extensive and insightful extra.

October 7, 2021 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , ,

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