By Lindsey Su,
Director Otto Bathurst’s remake of the British tale of “Robin Hood” is not worth your time. With a 14 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 1 out of 5 from Rolling Stone, 2018’s “Robin Hood” does not do the classic story justice.
Although the movie starred well-known actors such as Taron Egerton (who played Eggsy in the Kingsman movies) as Robin and Oscar award-winning Jamie Foxx as Robin’s Moorish commander Little John, the movie as a whole was subpar.
Bathurt’s rendition was more modern than all the previous Robin Hood movies, including “Robin Hood” from 2010 and “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” released in 1991.
For example, instead of donning medieval armor, Egerton’ Robin Hood is dressed in a hoodie and a blue scarf, even though the movie takes place in the Middle Ages.
The modern clothing doesn’t mix well with the old-fashioned buildings and bow and arrows.
Bathurst, the director and assistant director of popular British television shows “Peaky Blinders” and “Black Mirror,” did not showcase his best work on “Robin Hood.”
Bathurst’s version captures the classic story of the underdog that fights and robs the rich in defense of the poor. However, the film is transposed into something geared towards millenials and is filled with loud bomb sounds and pointless fighting.
“The Hood” returns to his home of Nottingham to find the Sheriff stealing from the poor. The story follows Robin of Loxley and his commander as they revolt against the English crown.
Robin also has a love interest, a thief named Marian played by Eve Hewson from “Bridge of Spies.” The two characters’ bleak romance was nothing like that of Romeo and Juliet, as Marian is forgotten later on in the movie.
Overall, the movie missed the mark and failed as a spin on the classic tale of Robin Hood.