I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect much from this, moreover I didn’t even know it existed until Chris suggested it as something we could watch. Robin Hood is one of those stories which just keeps getting remade and remade and remade.
We arrived a couple of minutes into the film as we (I) overestimated how much time we could spend in the pub pre-film however I don’t think we missed too much and easily got into the flow of the film.
The film follows our hero, Robin of Loxley who is sent off to war so the sheriff of Nottingham can lay claims to his belongings to fund the war machine. While away at war Robin is injured and comes back to find his home ransacked, his partner moved on and with another man and the people around him downtrodden by the sheriff and his men.
Robin joins forces with little John and starts to steal from the rich to give to the poor as the story goes, where it differs from past tales I have read/seen is in Robin taking on an almost Batman/Bruce Wayne duel identity where he hobnobs with the sheriff by day as Robin of Loxley and by night he dons the hood and becomes Robin the Hood.
I don’t really want to go into too much detail beyond this as to do so would spoil what little story is in there, Taron Egerton just didn’t work for me, all I could see is the scally from the Kingsmen movies and Jamie Fox wasn’t all that great either. The clothing that they wore in the films felt way too modern with leather trench coats, fitted suits and other more modern clothing and don’t get me started on the use of pyrotechnics in a horse chase…
Not a film I’d recommend and had I paid more than £2.50 for it I’d probably want my money back.