7/28: High hopes for this one, a reimagining of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Irving High School graduate David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints, A Ghost Story, The Old Man & the Gun, and Peter Pan & Wendy).
Rotten Tomatoes has The Green Knight at 94%, and Metacritic puts it in rarified "Must See" air of 89% positivity heading into opening weekend.
With reviewers already describing it as "sumptuous," "gritty," "enormous," "visionary," "masterful," "a masterpiece," "visually dazzling," "rare," "thoughtful," "worthy of immortalization," "striking," "sprawling," "ghostly," "complex," and "upending expectations," I cannot wait to see for myself what all the buzz is about!
Here's a slightly deeper dive with Lowery regarding the film's DNA and influences.
But don't forget, Jungle Cruise and Matt Damon's Stillwater (a lite lift of Amanda Knox's story) open this weekend, too, should you be looking for family fare or father/daughter drama, respectively.
As the floodgates release better and better films heading into autumn then all the way through New Year's Day, we're gonna have to hold on for dear life because there's a wall of water coming our way!
p.s. 7/29: Welp, a bit disappointed to be honest. Saw it earlier tonight. It is visually stunning, to be sure, but otherwise rather lifeless. If the color brown were a movie, this would be it. The first 30 minutes feel electric, but the remainder fell flat for us. Now that I've read more about it (and Lowery's intentions), I'll need to see it again to understand it better. That will help a lot, I hope.
He's an INCREDIBLY TALENTED director, just getting started. Cannot wait to see what he's capable in another 10-15 years.