There have been a ton or Robin Hood movies over the years. The most famous probably being the Kevin Costner led, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves (1991). Well, Otto Bathurst has tried his hand at putting a different spin on the classic English tale of the man who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor.
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Robin Hood (2018) Review
Let me start by saying that I love the cast that this movie has. Taron Egerton is fantastic as Robin Hood. He has that perfect blend of swagger, charm, and arrogance that makes him impossible not to like. Jamie Foxx plays a character called Yahya who is basically Little John and it works far better than you would think.
A couple of other standout characters that I liked are, first of all, Eve Hewson who plays this movies version of Marian and Ben Mendelsohn who is the Sherriff of Nottingham. I actually really liked the Sherriff of Nottingham and thought that his backstory did kind of make him a more sympathetic figure that I was expecting.
Right from the start, Robin Hood lets you know that this is not the same Robin Hood movie that you have seen before. It is kind of weird, on the nose and I am not sure all that necessary to be honest. However, I will say that this narration at the start of the movie gets you pumped up and makes you wonder just what the heck they have planned.
Robin Hood has a great life, he has a nice home, he as Marian and he kind of has it all. Then he is sent to be part of the crusades. One of the bloodiest and most violent wars mankind has ever seen. The section of the movie that shows Robin Hoods time on the front line as a soldier in the crusades is fantastic and if you ask me the highlight of the movie.
Robin is away for two years and when he returns home he finds that he has been declared dead. This means that first of all Marian has moved on and married someone else. Also, the Sherriff of Nottingham has taken all of his property and assets, basically putting Robin Hood on the streets.
Robin along with Yahya decide that they are going to rob the Sherriff of Nottingham and give the money to Marian. She though tells them not to and instead to give it to the poor. Everyone is suffering because of the Sherriff’s unfair taxes so she feels this is the right thing to do. This is basically how we get to Robin Hood robbing from the rich and giving to the poor.
From there Robin Hood and his gang take on a number of heists. Some heists are rather small and easy, others are large, action-packed and quite spectacular. That is all there really is to the movie. Let me say that some of the action scenes are great and Taron Egerton gets to showcase what he can do here just like he did in the Kingsman. By far he is the major highlight of the movie.
This new take on Robin Hood does have its moments and I would say it is worth a watch. However, it starts off at 100 mph, but never quite keeps that pace. Still, some of the action segments in the movie are pretty cool and that alone makes it worth a watch if you are looking for some good action.
Personally, I would have liked to have seen the whole Robin Hood in the Crusades part of the movie expanded on, I think they really had something there.