Thursday, August 05, 2021

The Green Knight

A.O. Scott has written a most positive review of the film The Green Knight, a movie based on a fourteenth-century story of a knight called Sir Gawain who is gulled by a mysterious green knight into playing a Christmastide holiday game with very high stakes, stakes in which one could lose one's head. The original story is written in a dialect of English far more difficult than Chaucer's. Indeed, if one can read, and understand Chaucer, then one can try reading the Green Knight aloud and feel that the text is almost, tantalizingly nearly understandable as an English dialect. Scott says that the film itself is worth two viewings. The story is worth several readings, which I have done, and from which I was inspired enough to publish two articles.


At 5:43 PM, Blogger Kevin Kim said...

One of my go-to movie reviewers on YouTube also praised this film. I'll probably wait for it to come out on home video.

At 6:32 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Will it not be coming to Korea, you reckon?

Jeffery Hodges

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At 8:49 PM, Blogger Kevin Kim said...

It probably will be, although who knows how long the delay might be? Some Western films come to Korea even before they open in the West, and some take so long to get to Korea that they're already out on home video in the West by the time they make it to Korean cinemas. Either way, I probably won't be visiting a movie theater until the pandemic is officially declared over, so this will likely be a home-video viewing for me. Are they even allowing people to go to the movies right now, what with a Level 4 emergency status?

At 12:17 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

A truly great review by Justin Chang appears in the Korea Herald's Weekender (August 6-8, 2021), but originally, I suppose, in the LA Times.

Jeffery Hodges

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