Parents' Guide to

The Green Knight

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Sex, violence in knight's dreamlike, entrancing adventure.

Movie R 2021 125 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 15+

Takes its time to take you on the journey

This film is not what I expected, so that's good. It takes its tiiiiiiiime getting to the journey part which is where I thought we would start right off. It kind of La La Land's you a bit at the end, but Patel's performance is very strong as is Keoghan's and you want to know what is going to happen next. The choices are many and the ambiguity is fun (at least I think it is). It does not feel as deterministic as you think it will be. This film feels like it took a long time to film and that it cost a lot of money, but the cost is not as much as I thought and the quality is off the charts. Make more like this please.
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age 18+
It’s good loads of violence

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Too much violence
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Is It Any Good?

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Many movies have been made around the legend of King Arthur and his knights, but none quite like this unusual, entrancing adventure, with its dreamlike touches, stirring movements, and quiet poetry. Prior to The Green Knight, writer-director David Lowery made a neo-Western, a children's fantasy about a dragon, an existential ghost story, and a true-crime story. This wide array of genres all showcased his special style: gentle, observant, and yet with a touch of the impossible. After Gawain's encounter with the woodsy title character in The Green Knight, Lowery lets us know that virtually anything can happen on Gawain's noble quest, and he fulfills that promise. Here, our hero can meet a cunning thief (a scene-stealing Barry Keoghan), a talking fox, a headless ghost, or a band of traveling giants.

All of it feels genuinely imaginative and surprisingly cohesive, perhaps touching a bit on the filmic styles of Kubrick or Malick but also diving into the uncharted unknown. Lowery even refrains from referencing the familiar names "King Arthur," "Guinevere," or "Morgan le Fay," deepening the film's dreamlike feel. Throughout, The Green Knight also wonders about the central purpose of Gawain's quest. Just what does honor actually mean, and what does it cost? What is the point of the Green Knight's game, if it has any point? And -- as Alicia Vikander's character, Essel, wonders -- why do we search for greatness, when goodness might be good enough?

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