The tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is an ancient story from the 14th century, that’s been adapted into film a couple of times before. This new version, The Green Knight certainly shows us a handful of moments that those of us that studied medieval literature in college will certainly remember. At the same time, we also see a lot her that shows this new adaptation will include some fresh elements not present in the original story.
The trailer is really well put together. It’s spooky and dark and certainly will have people wondering what’s in store for Dev Patel’s character.
For those of us that didn’t study the story in school Sir Gawain and the Green Knight tells the story of the titular Green Knight, who arrives at King Arthur’s court at Camelot with a challenge. He dares any member of King Arthur’s court to strike him with an axe. The catch is that a year and a day later, the Green Knight will have the chance to return the blow. King Arthur’s nephew, Sir Gawain takes up the challenge, and actually beads the Green Knight, but the Green Knight then stands up laughs, picks up his head, and reminds Gawain they have a date for a year and a day from now.