The color green has appeared in many different works over the years, and has been said to symbolize everything from nature to death to the devil. One of the most prominent works to feature the color green is Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the classic tale of a knight whose honor and self-control in the face of temptation is tested when a mysterious challenger arrives in King Arthur’s court. The poem has been upheld as a purely Christian poem that enforces Christian ideals of chivalry and honor. The meaning of the ending of the poem, however, has long been in debate. The reveal of the true identity of the Green Knight and Sir Gawain’s decision to wear the green girdle as a badge of shame have split scholars on the meaning for decades. However, I surmise that the poem can be best understood by viewing the Green Knight as an incarnation of God, with his complex morality being explained by the similarly complex nature of the symbolism of the color green. Simply put, the meaning of the color of the Green Knight is not static throughout the poem, but it’s meaning is fluid depending on the scene, with the color overall being used as a sign of bad luck.
The Theory of Everything follows Hawking’s relationship with his first wife and the onset of the disease that cripples him. The film starts out strong, opening with a young Hawking struggling to find a topic for his dissertation. However, as the film goes on a few problems arise. The biggest problem is that of doing a bio pic of someone still living. Just like Hawking’s real life the film goes and goes not quite finding the right place to end. While the conclusion is ultimately satisfactory it does feel prolonged. This is due to the simple fact that it can not end definitively.There is also a real disconnect between the first half of the film and the latter. This is obviously due to the progression of Hawking’s disease, but nevertheless the film does lose steam because of it.
This is not to mention the problem of having a main character who loses the ability to walk and speak well before the third act. This necessitates the shift in focus from Hawking to Jane, but her development is slow and at times boring. Hawking is where the real fun comes from, and his character is incredibly likable. Eddie Redmayne gives an amazing performance as Hawking, absolutely nailing his mannerisms and comforted appearance. His ability to give character to someone who can barely move is really well done and very moving. Felicity Jones also does a great job as Jane, but the spotlight is ultimately on Hawking. The introduction of the character of Jonathan is oddly handled as well. His motivations are unclear and his commitment is hard to understand, something I’m sure the book covers much better. Overall the Theory of Everything is a very solid film that is ultimately dragged down by the limitations of Hawking’s disease.
Final verdict: 3/5
I’ve started work as a production intern for Adult Swim’s upcoming show Your Pretty Face is going to Hell. So far it’s been good. They were still in preproduction so I’m just doing things around the office right now. We start shooting in two weeks. Yes, it is live action, unfortunately. The script is so suited to animation too…oh well. This gig will last for a while. Off and on for two months or something like that.
As for my short film Snuff, I completed the first draft and had a nice edit session on Sunday night. For the most part it was just dialogue changes but we decided to rework the ending. Not that the ending I wrote wasn’t great, but it just wasn’t exactly what we wanted. It’s a tricky ending, and has to be handled with the upmost care. It really makes the whole film. So I’m going to have that done ASAP and we will hopefully start casting within two or three weeks. Production is set to start when school starts back up, so sometime in August or September. It depends on everyone’s schedules.
In other news I’ve submitted my resume in for an internship in the editing department of CNN. I was able to send it directly to the head of the editing department who then took it where it needed to go. Yay connections! The internship starts in fall so I’ll see where that goes soon. So yeah, just a quick update in what’s going on. The photo below is a little something that is hung around the office in various places. Thought it was worth uploading. Enjoy.