A New Trailer For The Green Knight Reveals The Stunning World Within The Long-Anticipated Film
It feels like it has been forever since we saw the first trailer for The Green Knight, the upcoming film from A24 based on Arthurian legend. Now a new trailer for The Green Knight reveals more of the story, and puts the film’s stunning visuals on full display. It stars Dev Patel as Sir Gawain alongside Sean Harris, Alicia Vikander and Joel Edgerton. The fantasy film is from David Lowery has been long postponed due to the pandemic. Now it is due for release on July 30th, and hopefully we will have a chance to see it on the big screen when it arrives.
A Journey Full of Trials For The Noble Knight
In this new trailer for The Green Knight, we learn more about the circumstances leading up to Sir Gawain’s journey. Drawing from the poem Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, the trailer depicts a mysterious figure who comes to Arthur’s court. This man looks like a fantastical creature, reminiscent of The Green Man in Celtic lore. He lays down a challenge for any who might face him, and we see Sir Gawain cut off the head of the Green Knight. Only for him to pick it back up and walk away with a demand that Gawain meet him in one year for another battle.
A Visual And Symbolic Feast For The Eyes
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The trailer shows us glimpses of the journey that Sir Gawain must undergo to find the green chapel where the mysterious knight dwells. Along the way he faces dangerous challenges; tests of his character, betrayal, and he also sees some wondrous sights. The landscape of medieval Britain is on full display in the trailer, with misty hills rolling into the distance; strangely amber-lit forests full of magic, silver stretches of marshland, and barren fields of rocks. It looks like a visual feast – the kind of movie that is designed for the big screen. (Which is likely why it was delayed so long, due to theater closures over the past year.)
What is most intriguing about this new trailer for The Green Knight is how obviously fantastical this story will be. There are giants roaming the Earth, and talking animal companions (that fox is my new favorite character). The nature of the original poem Sir Gawain and The Green Knight is highly symbolic, with every test and challenge representing some element of chivalric virtues. It appears that director David Lowery is really leaning into this, as the trailer is just laden with symbolic imagery.
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I also have to say that Dev Patel looks great in this movie. He really embodies the knightly virtues, and his styling is spot-on. This small snippet of his performance looks to me like one of the strongest of his career thus far. We are excited to see him bring Sir Gawain to life in The Green Knight when it hits theaters on July 30, 2021.
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Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.