Are you looking for a holiday film that actually suits the mood of 2021? Do you secretly wish that more Christmas movies would harken back to the old yuletide storytelling traditions of hauntings, murder, and contemplation of human mortality? We may have something for you that fits the bill.
The Green Knight doesn’t aim to be a faithful retelling of 14th-century chivalric romance Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, but it remains very conscious of the fact that it is a retelling of a medieval tale, rich in allegory and larger-than-life characters. On the other hand, the script is infused with a dark, quirky sense of humor throughout that hails solidly from the realm of a modern indie film. Dev Patel gives an amazing performance as Gawain, and the production design really stands out.
In short, for a film that’s seasonal but not festive, The Green Knight is a great option.