We all know the story of Robin Hood but what happens if it goes all supersized medieval on us?
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Following is a brief review of the latest Robin Hood movie.
I first saw Taron Egerton in the Kingsman where he held his own against Colin Firth. So when the information came out about him being in Robin Hood, I was more than happy to put my hand up to review it. Another reason was that it’d be a nice break from a long road of heavy dramas I’d been going to.
The movie tells the story of Robin of Loxley (Taron Egerton) a wealthy, war-hardened crusader who returns home to find the family home in ruins and the love of his life, Marian (Eve Hewson) in another mans arms, Will Scarlet (Jamie Dornan).
If that wasn’t enough Hood soon realizes the English crown has turned a corner, under the corrupt leadership of the Sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Mendelsohn). Egged on by Little John (Jamie Fox) the two join forces to overthrow the Sheriff.
What follows is a series of action packed fight scenes involving machine gun arrows and horse chases instead of motorbikes or cars. Very Ben Hur chariot race. The fight scenes certainly get the heart racing, but threaten to turn the movie into a straight out Bruce Lee action fest.
Egerton does a fine job as Hood, and Eve Hewson is believable as Marian. I must admit that I haven’t really got on the Jamie Fox train, but he certainly commanded attention every time he came snarling on screen. However it was Mendelsohn who saved the movie.
As the credits rose and I waited in the darkness to see if there were any extras, just so you know there aren’t any.
I wasn’t wrong. Robin Hood provided a good afternoon of escapism. It was a delight to see Paul Anderson as Hood’s rival. Peaky Blinder fans, may like me hear a little voice inside their head screaming “Arthur” when he comes on screen. Sadly Tim Minchin’s portrayal of Friar Tuck missed a beat, and there were a tad too many speeches.In case you were wondering there weren’t any extras.
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