Robin Hood Is Ridiculous Fun
Robin Hood has always been a favourite among the movie making and going crowd. From the first adaptation in 1908, to films starring Douglas Fairbanks and Errol Flynn, up to the more recent movies starring Kevin Costner and Russell Crowe, Robin Hood seemingly is always up on the big screen. It’s been 8 years since the last one however, and now Taron Egerton picks up the bow and arrows to try to fill a rather big hood.
While promotions for Robin Hood try to get audiences to buy into the fact that they are trying to tell a different tale of Robin Hood, it is still basically the same. Robin Hood (in this case usually just referred to as Rob) is sent off to fight in the crusades, and when he returns he’s lost his home and money to the evil Sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Mendelsohn). Nottingham is plagued by taxes, and Robin decides to steal from the rich and give to the poor. He’s joined by Little John (who in this case is a Moor who follows Robin home from the war in order to convince him to do what is right, and is played by Jamie Foxx), Friar Tuck (Tim Minchin) and the Maid Marian (Eve Hewson) who is also the love of his life. Jamie Dornan is also in this film as another of Robin’s group, Will Scarlet.
If you are wanting to enjoying this version of Robin Hood, you need to do one thing before going to the theatre; shut off your mind. The film plays out like one of the Fast and Furious movies, where logic and accuracy isn’t present, and it is full of one liners and exciting action. That being said, if you do manage to suspend your disbelief you might actually come out of the film having enjoyed it. It’s not the kind of film you will watch more than once though, as once you’ve seen it, there isn’t anything you really feel the urge to see again. Egerton plays the role well (and at least he is British unlike Costner and Crowe), and has a charisma on screen that makes him enjoyable to watch. He really has no chemistry with the other actors though. Even with Hewson, who plays his love interest, he really seems passionless. Foxx on the other hand is fun to watch, but it feels like he’s only in the film to gather a paycheck. There are several historical inaccuracies that occur throughout the film that can be hard to ignore at times, such as the crossbows that can somehow shoot through stone and as fast as a machine gun, the draft letters written on thick paper, the costumes worn by Maid Marian and other women (somehow it’s hard to believe that women in that time period wore fancy fur coats), and even more ridiculous is the casino night, complete with craps and roulette, put on by the Sheriff and the church. And of course Robin getting shot more than once, and walking it off, is a little hard to ignore as well. All in the all the film feels like the writers and directors cared more about the pace of the film then making it feel real.
Robin Hood is the sort of film you go in to watch after a long day at the office where you don’t want to think about anything. Children will enjoy it for the cartoon-like atmosphere it creates. Whatever you do though, don’t go in expecting an Oscar worthy film, or even one that will make a lot of sense. It’s all about the action and excitement, and not much more.
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