By Kaylee Brewster
Two out of Four
Robin Hood doesnt do anything different from any other adaptations, but if youre looking for an entertaining (and predictable) film itll steal your attention for a few hours.
The films opening promises something along the lines of: you think you know the Robin Hood story, but youve never seen it like this.
But we have.
Robin (Taron Egerton) goes to fight in the Crusades and finds an ally in John (Jamie Foxx), a Muslim with an unpronounceable name, hence the title John. If youre wondering where youve seen that spin before, it was in the 1991 version with Kevin Costner as Robin and Morgan Freeman as the Moor from the Crusades.
Upon his return to England, Robin finds the sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Mendelsohn) taking everything from the people, including Robins Loxley manor. To get back his home, his girl and free the people from oppression, he begins his life as a thief. No surprise there.
Robins escapades soon begin to inspire the people of Nottingham and talk of rebellion brews, which was seen in Russell Crowes 2010 version.
The only real difference between this Robin Hood and countless others is that Robin maintains his Lord of Loxley personna by day and masquerades as the Hood by night, which just makes him the Bruce Wayne of medieval Nottingham.
Despite the plot predictability (which includes a training montage, a heist montage, a romance, and a party invite/infiltration) the film contains just enough of a narrative to remain interesting.
The movie also manages to blend modernity into medieval which is nothing original as it was done 2017s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and a A Knights Tale, way back in 2001. This films costumes manage to look like modern suits and dresses, but not so much as to look out of place in the period context.
Its the same with some of the action. Robins bow and arrow skills are filmed more like a gun fight than people shooting each other with sticks. A scene of fighting during the Crusades has the feel of an modern day Iraq war film, not medieval knights in the Holy Land.
Robin Hood is all about expectations. If youre expecting anything new, dont bother. The film steals from other adaptations to offer the audience a well-known story in a well-known way. If you want to watch Robin Hood steal from the rich and give to the poor, thats exactly what youll get.