I have always had a fascination with Robin Hood ever since I was a little girl.
Disney’s version was one of my favorite movies growing up. It should come as no surprise when I say that I was more than thrilled to see my favorite hero in action once again at Celebration Cinema on the big screen.
However, after leaving the theater, I was left with nothing but a cold, crestfallen feeling. While Robin Hood really was not that bad, it wasn’t that good either. It was horrifically average.
The new movie Robin Hood, starring Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx, came to theaters on Nov 21. It features Robin of Locksley (Taron Egerton) as he returns home after being drafted as a soldier during the Crusades. After returning, he finds that all, if not most, of his loved ones have moved on without him, leaving him to pick up the pieces of his shattered life. Seeking to take revenge on the man that has taken everything from him, he befriends a man named John (Jamie Foxx). The two devise a plan to steal from the Sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Mendelsohn) and to stop the war before too much irreversible damage can be done.
Overall, the acting was incredible. Egerton really did an amazing job at portraying the character of Robin Hood. There were certain scenes where his character would look at something with so much emotion, but quickly realize that he was in a serious situation. His facial expressions change so quickly, it’s barely noticeable.
Not only that, but the characters the actors portrayed seemed to be made for them. There really wasn’t a single one that I could imagine assigning a different actor to.
As for the script, while a good majority of the lines that were spoken were good, there were some that were out of place and made the movie extremely cheesy. Many humorous lines needed to be included in order to help cover some of that cheese. A lot of memorable quotes were said to Robin Hood that inspired him to take the necessary steps to complete his task. These quotes are what carried the entire screenplay and made it possible to overlook some of the poorer parts.
The camera work was spectacular as well. There is a specific scene where Robin is conversing with the Sheriff of Nottingham. When capturing Robin, the camera is at a similar height level to the character’s, and there is a light illuminating his face. When directed towards the Sheriff, the camera is pointing down at him, and his face is covered in shadows. The camera showed the audience difference between the characters’ natures
The sets were beautiful and, to my knowledge, historically accurate to the times. Of course, there were certain aspects that were added for show. The costumes for each character, while different, were similar in that they appeared to be made from the same material and had similar styles.
However, for the character of Maid Marian (Eve Hewson), the costume was completely impractical and looked like something someone today would wear. Most of the time, she could be seen wearing a black maxi skirt and a red, quarter sleeve shirt with a deep v-neck.
As for the actual character, the Maid Marian that I grew up with was very sweet, kind, and motherly, while still portraying a strong independent woman that stands up for what she believes in. The Maid Marian that is portrayed in the newest movie is a woman that stands up for what she believes in but doesn’t really care about what happens to those around her as long as she gets what she wants. I admire the movie’s version for being strong and being willing to do whatever it takes, but her lack of consideration for some of those around her makes it difficult to appreciate the things she manages to accomplish. Watching this version of the character I love is like watching a flower slowly withering away into nothing.
Ever since it was announced that a new Robin Hood movie would be coming to theaters, my childhood self has been sitting at the back of my brain, theorizing what the plot would be this time. Robin Hood cannot stand with some of its predecessors like Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, but it still stands. It is a good movie in certain aspects, but I would not go out of my way to watch it again.