Review in Brief: Robin Hood (2018)

If I hear one more new take on a property tell me to forget what I know, I’ll stab myself with a fork. We’re also supposed to “forget history” with the latest take on ROBIN HOOD. Just as well really, because the costumes are less Little John and more Jean-Paul Gaultier. I get the whole robbing by night in order to soak up the adulation of a charitable noble by day, but I’m sure at one point Robin (Taron Egerton) steals from the church only to give back to the church. That’s not redistribution of wealth, that’s borrowing and interest. The action is mostly slickly executed but not enough to distract from the mess that is the rest of the film. The sci-fi costumes, wipe-clean castle sets and the fact that nobody who made this seems to care how fire works shouldn’t bother me this much but the rest is so dull and derivative you have to notice. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourites include Bong Joon-ho, Danny Boyle, the Coen Brothers, Nicolas Winding Refn, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Taika Waititi and Edgar Wright. All reviews and articles are original works owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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