My Cinematic Memory Of Robin Hood

With this latest unnecessary traditional reworking movie adaptation following thief of the rich, giver to the poor Robin of Loxley exploits fifteenth century origins, filmmakers hope it’s the must see the beginning of a whole new Sherwood Forest swashbuckling franchise. Wrong.

The crusader in question this time played by impressive young gun English pocket rocket Taron Egerton, soon to be seen as Sir. Elton John (Rocketman) could be a revelation in years with energetic, witty talent potential especially showcased in the Kingsman.

Favourable Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, gives a new spin on loyal Little John, while versatile Australian Ben Mendelsohn (Rouge One, The Big Steal) does a spirited justice to the timeless tyrant Sheriff of Nottingham with zero results, I hate to say it but he’s unwatchable. No one has yet surpassed late, great Alan Rickman (Prince of Thieves). Audiences may be the judge jury, box office executioner on this one where nonsensical historic elements don’t constitute to entertainment or guilty big screen pleasure, rather an on the nose bonfire of plummeting producer money burning on screen.

Eve Hewson on the verge of silver lining stardom and presence of veteran F. Murray Abraham do their best with cringe-worthy dialogue with regrettably turns political.

There is a plethora of Robin Hood straight stories or based on films, here’s an opinion of only a few I’ve seen.

ROBIN HOOD MEN IN TIGHTS (1993)


It may not be the greatest Mel Brooks parody but it certainly is to a legion of merry fans. Cary Elwes leads the way in endless sight, sound, genre gags

ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938)


Australian’s own Tasmanian lothario Errol Flynn owns the role wide-eyed and certified pleasure machine, a true hero to the villagers in need. Classic.

WALT DISNEY’S ROBIN HOOD (1973)


Comedic, retro family animation has Robin the kind-hearted Fox & friends.

ROBIN HOOD PRINCE OF THIEVES (1991)


Bryan Adams ballads aside, huge box office hit, fast action fun. Although Kevin Costner maligned for his accent, he’s surrounded by an amazing cast including Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Sean Connery and ultimate Nottingham sheriff portrayal by Alan Rickman.

ROBIN HOOD (2010)


Auteur Ridley Scott directs mate Russell Crowe alongside Cate Blanchett in would be epic adaptation i have seen only once. Good music, stylish action.

ROBIN HOOD (1991)


Released almost simultaneously not to be confused with flashy entertaining Costner mash-up, more traditional version has Patrick Bergin with the bow.

ROBIN AND MARIAN (1976)


Looking at the later years focussing on the romance between a pair meant to be together as portrayed by icons Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn, swoon.

Robin Hood is in the UK and Irish Cinemas from today, 21st November 2018.

Shane A.Bassett | Movie Analyst

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