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THE GREEN KNIGHT

Rated: PG-13
Release Date: July 30, 2021
Director: David Lowery
Stars: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton
Plot: Sir Gawain accepts a challenge in King Arthur's court that send him on a journey of discovery and torment
 
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
 
 

Dev Patel is a rock star. He is one of the best actors in Hollywood today, and he makes every film he is in better. Thankfully, he was in this movie, because it could have been pretty bad without him. 

 
If you know the tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, go ahead a toss about 70% of that story out of your head. This film takes the story in a direction that is much less honorable than the original poem. There are several moments where Gawain isn't worthy of his knighthood. 
 
The film itself is really long and slow. It feels like they could have easily cut 30 minutes out of it and it would have only made the movie better. There is a lot of time spent on artistic imagery. That is fine for the beauty of the visuals, but the story suffers because of it. 
 
If you are the kind of person that enjoys artistic imagery with  ethereal plots then you will enjoy this movie. If you need your movies to move from point A to point B in a timely fashion and with purpose, this may be a film you will want to skip. 
 
THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD
Rated: PG
Release Date: August 28, 2020
Director: Armando Iannucci
Stars: Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton
Plot: A young orphan overcomes the obstacles in his way to lead an extraordinary life
 
Clint Says: A fanciful and delightful return to the theater
 
 
In theaters.
 
This classic tale from the mind of Charles Dickens has seen its fair share of TV and film renditions. Some of them have been really good, some of them have been terrible. 
 
This one may be the best of the bunch.
 
First and foremost, I want to give credit to the director, the studio, the casting director, and anyone else involved in the casting of this film. This is, as far as I can remember, the first ever wide-release film that doesn't worry about the race of the actors or their characters. They simply hired the best people for the job. 
 
It is so great to see a black woman with a white son, parents with children of different races, and people of all races interacting with each other as true equals. I hope this is the beginning of a new trend in Hollywood.
 
As for the rest of the film, it is fun, fanciful, and entertaining for the whole family. My 10 year old daughter enjoyed it just as much as I did. It is filled with incredible visuals and delicious characters. Dev Patel is amazing, but Hugh Laurie completely steals the show. He is the best "crazy uncle we wish we had" to grace the screen in a long time. 
 
If you are in the mood for a family-friendly, visually-inspiring, character-driven film filled with whimsy and inspiration you should go on an adventure, and see this in the theater. 

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LION

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: December 23, 2016

Director: Garth Davis

Stars: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Sunny Pawar

Plot: The true story of a boy who gets separated from his family at age five, and finds them again 20-something years later

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this movie now

 

 

This is a powerful film that draws you in and keeps you captivated every second of the way. At times it is almost too painful to watch if you keep remembering that it is a true story.

 

Dev Patel give an outstanding, award-worthy performance, Nicole Kidman is amazing, and Sunny Pawar's acting will break you into pieces. The story itself is award-worthy, and has already been nominated for several big awards. It is a long-shot to win, but it would not surprise me if it did.

 

If you are looking for a dramatic, yet inspirational film, you need to give LION a try. You may walk away thinking it is the best film of the year.