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Robin Hood (2018) - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
By Rouén Robinson
Dec 9, 2018 - 12:00:17 PM

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Robin Hood (2018): A retelling of the classic story that takes other elements of classic stories and fails to properly mix them with modern touches.

The Legend You Know. The Story You Don't. 

A war-hardened soldier returns from his tour of duty in a foreign land to find his family estate in shambles. With the help of a soldier he once showed kindness to, he will become a symbol to the people in his area and show them that they can stand up to the unjust authority.

Robin of Loxley is a nobleman drafted into the Crusades, but when he is sent home from war due to actions his superior disagrees with he must find away to get back the life taken from him. Yahya aka John is a Moorish soldier who lost a hand in battle and has pledged an oath to take down the people who were responsible for the war that killed his son and agrees to train Robin to help facilitate this. Marian was Robin’s girlfriend but when he is registered as and his land seized, she must move on until circumstances find them back in each other’s lives. Sheriff of Nottingham is the person given power over the people in that district due to his alliance with the Cardinal and uses that power to tax the poor to fund the war effort.

Robin Hood is a film that does its best to make a timeless tale as modern as possible with the way everything looks from the style of costumes to the type of special effects used during the action scenes. The main problem here is that the filmmakers fail to trust in the timelessness of the source material and instead take from other stories like Zorro or The Lone Ranger which undermines the power of the characters. Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx work well together as does Eve Hewson and Jamie Dornan, but the scenes with Ben Mendelsohn and F. Murray Abraham are a lot of fun as they play off the energy of the other. Otto Bathurst does a serviceable job directing this film, but sadly certain sequences seem to be copied from an episode of Arrow rather than created for this motion picture. Ben Chandler and David James Kelly’s screenplay feel like it was suppose to be a different story and they just tacked on the names of Robin Hood characters to roles that already existed. Joseph Trapanese’s music sounds like it was cribbed from the score for the video game Lego Dimensions which takes away from the epicness that it seems to be going for. I remember years ago there was talk of updating The Three Musketeers to a post apocalyptic setting and that seems to be what producers Jennifer Davisson and Leonardo DiCaprio unintentionally achieved with this movie. I rate this film a rating of 2 out of 5.

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Robin Hood (2018)

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