'Robin Hood': Are We Missing Something?

Updated on January 28, 2019

Robin Hood is directed by Otto Bathurst, and stars Taron Egerton as Robin of Loxley, with supporting roles from Jamie Foxx and Ben Mendelsohn.

At the very beginning of Robin Hood, the audience is told by the narrator to forget everything we know about the character because this would be a new story. Am I missing something? Filmmakers seem to promise "new stories" but never follow through with the promise. We saw this in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), when the filmmakers advertised "the untold story". The so-called "untold story" was the same story we had seen over and over. As with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) and their characters to set-up future movies, I felt as if there was a character in Robin Hood who did not have to be there. No spoilers, but this character just felt as if he was there for a sequel and I did not get invested in his character as all!

Robin Hood is the second telling of the story in the last decade, with the Ridley Scott Robin Hood being released in 2010. So I understand they may have advertised a "new story" to get people interested. However, a new story would have been much more enjoyable than this over-used one. Watching the movie, I knew everything happening on screen. Robin and Little John rob the rich and give to the poor to bring down the Sheriff of Nottingham. This movie is not as terrible as I am making it out to be, however. It is not a great film, by no means, but I don't think it deserved as much heat as it received. Over-used plot, cliche-filled movie—yes. Enjoyable—yes!

My biggest gripe with the film is that it did not stand out to me. I enjoyed the action, as I also enjoyed the performances by Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, and Ben Mendelsohn. However, like I said, it just did not stand out. As I watched the action sequences, it got me thinking about the Guy Ritchie-directed King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017). I am referring to the action sequences. If you are familiar with Guy Ritchie, then you know what I mean. Fast paced, but slowed down all at once. I enjoy this style in Guy Ritchie's films, but I don't want to be seeing them in someone else's film. Then it just doesn't feel as cool. There were many other things wrong with the film, including the story, sequel set-ups, and blotchy CGI. However, I do not think a filmmaker does a good job if he does not make his/her film their own. If I am in the theater watching a movie and it feels like another, I am not fully interested. I feel like I have seen it before.

There are many things to enjoy, however. I appreciate that the filmmakers were trying to make an old, classic story cool and action-packed. It is obvious by the clothing the character's wear that they are trying to give a modern feel to the film. Robin Hood would be a fun movie to rent and watch at home. My girlfriend and I watched it for free on our college campus. She enjoyed it better than I did, but it was an enjoyable movie to watch with her. So, if you are looking for a movie that is a little goofy and not-so-serious, but delivers with action, then this would be a good one to catch!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image

      Dawn 

      14 months ago

      I agree with you about the retelling of this same story, time after time. I feel that the 2010 Robin Hood with Russel Crow tells a new and fresh story. I had great hopes also for this film as I am a Taron Egerton fan. His performance was quick witted and fast pace, however his interaction with his sidekick, Jamie Foxx, seemed flat and superfluous. As well as the odd relationship "Robin" has with "Marion". I didn't feel any chemistry there either. This movie left me sad and disappointed after all the hype.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, reelrundown.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)