if they repeat over and over how ‘this time it’s different’, the masses might actually begin to believe it

It’s not difficult to look up the web pages of historic films on Wikipedia. Maybe Otto Bathurst did, soon to realise he was creating the umpteenth feature film version of the Robin Hood story, suggesting that if they repeat over and over how ‘this time it’s different’, the masses might actually begin to believe it. Last year’s King Arthur: Legend of The Sword tried it, look how that went… There seems to be no understanding from production companies of what audiences actually want to see, and how they want to see it.

Taron Egerton stars as the titular hero, Lord of Nottingham, smitten with his new lady Marian (Eve Hewson). However, The Sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Mendelsohn) calls upon him for national service, sending him on a crusade to Arabia. But when he returns, his mansion is destroyed, and Marian is missing. Desperate to take revenge on those who ruined his life, Robin befriends a new ally, and vows to right all wrongs.

Robin Hood

The basic gist of the criticism comes from 2018’s Robin Hood not actually being different at all. Yes he starts in a higher place, and he is sent off to fight and loses everything he had in the process, but ultimately it is the same, with standard action sequences and no real momentum created when pushing towards a climax. None of this is helped by the arrogance Robin Hood excretes, showing just how big its ego is, without showing any proof of worth.

The attempted humour is particularly poor, with an evident lack of effort at trying to actually make it work. Robin Hood is a film that wants an audience to buy into its idea, without supplying anything it originally promised. It’s essentially a political manifesto, just missing the ideas and a general sense of fun.

2/5

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