This is one piece in a collection of 10 film reviews submitted by this year’s New Wave Jury members at Cornwall Film Festival 2021. The collection tackles recent films that stood out as radical works of filmmaking. You can read the other reviews here.
Essel (Alicia Vikander), a local common woman asks her lover, Prince Gawain (Dev Patel), “What did it feel like when you…[motions chopping off the head of The Green Knight]?” He answers, “Like cutting a melon in two.” After exiting the cinema, a debate ensued among my friends regarding the history of the arrival of melons on UK shores. I question whether this initial response was the director’s aspiration but if melon transport was our only concern, then we must congratulate him.