Gawain, played by Dev Patel, is merely wanting to get bedded when we first meet him in The Green Knight. On Christmas Day, his lower-class sweetheart Essel (Alicia Vikander, in the first of two roles) taunts him by bringing him through a bustling brothel. Gawain is not yet a knight, but a noble lad willing to squander time with his beloved since he believes he does not have enough time to be a hero. Then fate assigns him a mission. A mysterious Green Knight (Ralph Ineson) enters King Arthur’s court (Sean Harris). The Green Knight, written and directed by David Lowery, is the first film since the 1980s classic Excalibur to acknowledge how filthy and horny medieval literature was. IMDB
The Green Knight is based on the well-known medieval ballad “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.” The narrative begins with a Christmas feast in Camelot, much as it does in the film. Everyone is having a good time until a green knight appears, his body, face, hair, and everything is green, and he wants to play a game with the Knights of the Round Table. He requests that someone attempt to deliver a single blow on his body. Then, a year later, the same guy must return to the Green Chapel to gladly accept the same strike, this time from the Green Knight. Gawain, ecstatic at the prospect, leaps at it and believes he has won the game by slicing the Green Knight’s head off.