The classic tale of Robin Hood is a legend among countries, continents, and media franchises alike. Various iterations have been forged from the fires of Hollywood’s studios some epic portrayals of the English hero and others that some think should remain lost in the mists of stories. Nevertheless, Lionsgate is attempting to revive the story again, in hopes that it will be a box office success and potentially lead to another trilogy. What’s in store? Robbie K here to help you out with that as we do another review on:
Movie” Robin Hood (2018)
The Actors: A great movie relies on many things, but most fans go for their favorite actors. In this film the casting was spot on with Taron Egerton being a prime choice for many given his popularity at the moment. The English Actor interjects some modern edge to the role, that holds some class, spunk, and as my friends reported a new hot look to the mix. His portrayal certainly has a new sense of honor, but a little more rebellion behind it than the previous renditions. Jamie Foxx on the other hand certainly has the disciplinary edge of the Little John, dropping his whimsical, clumsy nature for one with more fire and vigor. Their chemistry is sensational, leading the rest of the cast to craft the next band of warriors for a new generation.
Costumes: If actors are not pretty enough for you, then the costumes may be the ticket to pull you into the film further. The new Robin Hood is like an Abercrombie designer combining modern flare with old English battle war apparel, to make some impressive looking outfits. Perhaps in time for the next season Halloween, or maybe a winter coat for the holidays, the new style is certainly appealing in the long run.
The Action Flare: This Robin Hood is certainly the type to take the flashy and flaunt it. The trailers portrayed the action sensationally well, with graphics that have a certain element and angle that is unique, but also in that cheesy, artificial manner that Hollywood has been a fan of capitalizing on. Robin’s hood’s flashy effects are probably a large reason for a theater visit, but it’s high energy and speed are certain to entertain younger audience members in their rather loud, visually intense moments.
Simplistic: In a sense, the movie at least has a finite presentation that doesn’t fall victim to the convoluted, artistic approaches some choose to do. As such it brings cheap thrills and simplistic enjoyment in the grand scheme of things.
Sheriff Of Nottingham: No surprise, the bad guy isn’t my favorite character and that is okay However, the movie I don’t think took the character in a direction I thoroughly enjoyed. This sheriff was a little to political and not enough strategy/action. His slimy nature and story design is lackluster and his inclusion in the film is only focusing on the political game that wasn’t the most entertaining twist on the story. This brings me to the next dislike
The Political Game: Robin Hood always had a political message and statement in it, the tale of the ragtag band of mercenaries standing up to rich in the name of the poor. However, the 2018 remake gets a little too heavy in this aspect, focusing more on the discussions between all authoritarian power honors and the leaders of the rebellion. This leads to dry dialogue, bloated speeches between the parties, and a small strategic strike at the powers that be. Political enough for the strongly opinionated, and certainly a smarter approach in terms of dialogue. Yet, it’s not the most entertaining, which leads to the next dislike.
Action: The special effects are ready to go, with enough explosions and CGI to make Michael Bay proud. Robin Hood though does not execute the action to the full extent the trailers hinted at for me. Bouts are short, often reduced to mere minutes where the combination of random shots, CGI arrows, and extras flopping take point. Sword fights are practically nil, and instead of a tense/engaging action sequence that other installments made famous, the movie is all about flash in the pan effects to get you from one political scene to the next. It was a valiant attempt to kick the series off, but for this reviewer there are still other versions (namely the Disney version) whose action is much more involved and finessed than this modern rendition.
The Pace: While the actions scenes help break up the monotony of the film, it still didn’t help with the pace of the movie. Thanks to the political approach of the film, many may find it a bit sluggish in movement as they characters fall into heavy debates of how to handle all the funds. It gets points for realism, but for me I was hoping for that same epic adventure the tale has been in the past. After all, with stunts and arrow shots that defy reality, why would one not try to unleash the full potential of the pace and action with it.
Rushed Ending: Maybe all the slowness means and epic finale to wrap everything up. Sorry, not the case for me. Robin Hood’s bout with the Sherriff and his elite squad is much more lackluster than most of the films I’ve seen. The final “battle” is more so a mob riot with only glimpses of actual combat occurring. A semi impressive the plan, the finale had three errors that took away from the film. It starts with a rather boring fight, throw in a plan that was a little too easy and with little suspense, and then rapidly executed to the point of blink and you’ll miss a few things. After all the waiting, how could they not end this with a bullseye we had been wanting.
This rendition is not the complete picture I think Lionsgate was going for, and there is so much more to comment on in areas to improve. While the casting is good and effects are ready to support the guerilla warfare motif, Robin Hood need some more editing and finesse to bring the most out of the film’s action. Yet, if you are looking for a more realistic, representation of the political aspect of the days of yore, perhaps this is the hot ticket you have been looking for, and the slower, dryer pace will make you feel right at home. Nevertheless, I’ll recommend holding out for this film, given everything coming out.
My scores are:
Action/Adventure Thriller: 6.0
Movie Overall: 5.0