Director: Otto Bathurst
Writer/s: Ben Chandler, David James Kelly
Starring: Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, Eve Hewson, Jamie Dornan, Tim Minchin, and more.
Taron Egerton set to star? You bet your a&$ I am there. With that mentality, I am surely destined to see some absolute duds or maybe some absolute underrated giants, but regardless, the first mentioned is destined to happen. Listen, I am going to hit you with a quick reveal, “Robin Hood” is quite “dud-ish”. There is fun in it! But do not expect all too much, I mean, most probably did not after watching the trailer. Ahh, whatever, let us get to it before my intro becomes my Oberrating.
“A war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander miunt an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown in a thrilling action-adventure packed with gritty battlefield exploits, mind-blowing fight choreography, and a timeless romance.”
What the fu…. What the hell was that IMDB summary? Oh my gosh, yeah about that. Take all those little glorious adjectives and dial them down about 60%. There we go, that is better.
“Robin Hood” was… alright. I am conflicted because the film is entertaining on the lowest scale possible. As always, I love Taron Egerton and I firmly believe he is the most glowing point of this entire film. His charisma and charm is at work throughout the film, which is what many of us have come to enjoy from him. He also fits the bill perfectly when he is set to do some form of action sequence. For “Robin Hood”, he completely immerses himself in being an archer and does so wonderfully.
Now scaling away from Taron, all my other “positive” points is me grasping at straws.
- Jamie Foxx: Jamies is a legend of an actor, in my opinion. He has flashes of greatness and conviction in “Robin Hood” but he also has flashes of falling out of his accent and simply being Jamie Foxx.
- Action Sequences: Some are intense and quick. Others are far too quick and unmemorable. As I sit and type this, I struggle to remember more than two in fine detail and what happened in them, or even their purpose.
- Heist Sequences: Probably the only other aspect away from Taron and Jamie that fuel any form of a positive reception in my eyes. These are fun to watch and entertaining. I wish they were more frequent and extended, then I would have a better film in my mind.
- Ben Mendelsohn plays a disgustingly greedy villain, and I say that is much to the compliment of his performance. Despite being a puppet in the scheme of things, I kinda liked him.
*Sigh* Now for the negatives. This whole story is forgettable. Robin hardly has a story arc, which to some could be a positive thing since we have since countless Robin Hood stories. For me, I would like a little more information of who Robin is before he is instantly thrusted into the military after we also are introduced to his love interest who is thrusted upon us and we have no idea who she is. Honestly, I forgot what her name was until about halfway through the movie.
Speaking of love interest, this whole love story is the definition of forced. The main plot is the personal war of Robin and John against the corrupt government but this love story is so forced onto its audience that it almost unseats the main plot. I could care less about this love story. Also in reference to the love story, Marian (try to remember her name) is a strange character. We see her first trying to steal a horse from the wealthy in order to give to someone more in need, in a very Robin Hood manner. After this, she is the damsel in distress, basically, for the remainder of the film. Not a fan.
Jamie Dornan can not catch a break. Thing is, I like Jamie as an actor. He is just always cast in the most horrible positions. If the name does not instantly ring a bell, Dornan is Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades film series. Beyond that series, he has not landed anything of major relevance. That streak continues with “Robin Hood” as he is the voice of the people yet, to me, his voice does not carry at all. He is a flaky character going back and forth on his convictions and ultimately turning as the next main villain for the sequel. (Plot twist, there will not be a sequel cause this film is a bomb.) Hey, at least he looks badass when the action scene happens that involves him! That is a plus, right?!
I struggle hard to push this above a 5 rating but I am letting my neutral mind fly here as I can say I was not bored during this film and that I truly did find some entertainment during my viewing. “Robin Hood” thrives off of the sheer young talent of Taron Egerton. Taron’s charisma carries the dialogue he is involved in. His athletics and talent excels the actions scenes that he dedicates his craft to perfecting in preparation of his films. Beyond young Taron, everything is just about mediocre. It is a shame really, I would love to see a series develop with Taron at the helm. I guess I will just sit and continue to enjoy Kingsman.
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