History has taught us a great many things. Of course, it is up to us as to whether we act on them or not, but the teachings are there.
As an example, I give you that it’s not always a good idea for an artist to write, record and produce their own album, it has not always produced the best results, sonically speaking.
On the visual front, i.e. movies, things are a little different. It happens often that the writer, or writers, of a movie are also given the opportunity to direct. They often also produce and sometimes even star in the film.
This leads me on to The Green Knight, the latest movie from David Lowery (“The Old Man & The Gun”, “A Ghost Story”). Not only does Lowery write and direct The Green Knight, he also produces and edits it too.
I wonder then, where the “no” is in this process. I wonder when, or if, someone is able to say, “perhaps that’s not the best thing to do in this situation”, “perhaps this would work better”.
As an example, perhaps had someone else been editing The Green Knight, we would not have been treated to a good few minutes of Dev Patel (“Lion”, “The Personal History of David Copperfield”), riding on a horse. Nothing else, just Patel on a horse.
This, for me, encapsulates The Green Knight. It is a two-hour self-indulgent movie based on a 14th-century poem, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
If you are a fan of Lowery’s other work, in particular “A Ghost Story”, then this will be right up your street. If, on the other hand, you were not, or are a fan of movies that move at a reasonable pace, make some kind of sense without having to discuss it for hours during and after, or generally follow some structure, then you should probably spend your money elsewhere and leave this to be fawned-over by other writer and directors.
13th August 2021
THE QUICK SELL
Dev Patel stars in a fantasy re-telling of the medieval story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.