|The Frankfurt-Tipp rating - Movie:
|The Green Knight
|Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
|USA / Irland 2020
|Approx. 125 min.
|From 16 years
|Number of discs:
|German, English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
|Deutsch, Englisch für Hörgeschädigte
|Making of, Featurettes, Trailer
Movie: The legendary Arthurian saga with a difference - presented by the truly special fantasy film "The Green Knight": To show his loyalty to King Arthur (Sean Harris), Sir Gawain (Dev Patel) agrees to take on the mysterious Green Knight who has appeared on Camelot during the Christmas festivities. He calls upon Arthur Knights of the Round Table to strike a blow against him. The only condition: Whoever dares to do so must come to the Green Chapel exactly one year later, where the Green Knight would then be allowed to return the blow. After beheading him, Gawain must make a perilous journey to the Green Chapel a year later, knowing full well that the Green Knight will claim his debt here: Gawain's head...
"The Green Knight" is an interesting reimagining on several levels of the 14th-century medieval chivalric romance "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight". The original 2,500-word poem, set in stave rhyme, was written in the British Isles in the 14th century by an unknown author and has fascinated readers ever since. Director David Lowery has created a truly surreal rush of imagery from the poem that can be interpreted in many ways. Most obviously, the conflict between civilization and nature is symbolized in the battle between Gawain and the Green Knight. But there is much more to the film.
To realize this, however, the production does not make it easy. Lowery tells the story very slowly, giving the truly special atmosphere of his imagery an almost hypnotic pull. Again and again, you catch yourself thinking: "What am I looking at here right now?" or "What was the director smoking to come up with such ideas?". The whole thing is crazy, confused, and disturbing - and at the same time fascinating, beautiful, and delightfully bizarre. But in many moments this doesn't open up directly, so that one is inclined to evaluate the film rather negatively. But little by little it becomes clear: The interplay of visual realization, sound design and music as well as the essence of the story won't let you go so quickly. Again and again, isolated images come back to mind, which thus unfold their real power in the aftermath.
"The Green Knight" is truly not an easy film. But it is special in the best sense of the word. Those expecting a grand fantasy epic may be disappointed. If, on the other hand, you want to be carried by a mystical flow of images through a challenging story, you've come to the right place. A work that really goes its own way and creates images that you really rarely see. These belong on the big screen, but also work very, very well in the home cinema! For this, there is clearly a: worth seeing - even if it is a challenge!
Picture + Sound: The film's visual language comes across well on the DVD thanks to the coherent color scheme and a high overall sharpness. Black levels are well-mixed, as are contrasts. There is still room for improvement in terms of depth, but this is guaranteed to have been fully exploited on the Blu-ray or 4K UHD version. On the DVD, the audio is in an atmospheric Dolby Digital 5.1 mix that offers a good balance between dialogue, music and the rest of the soundscape. Good!
Extras: The DVD has some really interesting and special extras to offer, providing a nice insight into the making of the film. Thereby, the short docs go far beyond the usual promo docs in terms of quality and information content. Things kick off with a very interesting look at the visual effects (14:03 min.), followed by a featurette on the extraordinary title design (7:34 min.). It's fascinating to see how much effort and research went into this.
Continues with a good making of (33:57 mins), which looks at various aspects of the filming. Finally, in addition to the trailer, there is a "Almost everything you need to know about The Green Knight " served with a humorous wink (3:09 min). Very good!
Conclusion: "The Green Knight" is a special work. Hypnotic images, fascinating effects and a unique atmosphere make the film, despite its somewhat unwieldy narrative, a fantasy epic more than worth seeing. The DVD convinces with a good picture and sound quality and also has really worth seeing extras on board. For this there is quite clearly a: Absolutely recommendable!
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