Robin Hood (2018)

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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.

Johnny English Strikes Again (2018)

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I have to say as much as I didn’t want to watch this film I kind of did want to see it. I have never really considered myself a fan of Rowen Atkinson however the film itself looked like it could have been good fun. 

The premise of the film is fairly straightforward, there has been a compromise and all active MI7 agents have been compromised. With no-one to turn to they have to find a retired agent who can track down the evil mastermind and stop them before their scheme comes to fruition.

The film itself I quite enjoyed, not as much as the group sat behind me mind you, but it was OK.  In a way you know what you are going to get with this sort of film, and it didn’t let me down, there was the usual physical, slapstick humor with jokes which were at time borderline painful but there was nothing really offensive in there and it felt like it would be accessible to a younger audience.

Overall I’d give this 3/5 just for Atkinson dancing.

The Predator (2018)

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It’s been a couple of weeks now since we got out to the cinema, partially my fault as I’d skipped a week through feeling ill and then the following week we made it to the cinema but ended up staying in the pub as there wasn’t much to see and we wanted to save The Predator for this week.

I think I’ll start off with what The Predator did rather well, which was it didn’t take itself seriously, they paid homage to Arnie and dropped a couple of lines in to let the audience know it was part of the franchise and belonged but where possible they dropped in a joke or something to break the tension.

Unfortunately, in my opinion, that’s pretty much then end of the good points. The film suffered from what is becoming more and more of an issue with major Hollywood films these days and that is the constant dumbing down of the film to be sure that audiences remain abreast of what is going on, my favourite example of this which doesn’t spoil much, if anything, in the film is where we are shown fence with a great big sign on it saying Danger, electric fence, this point is then reiterated when you see someone attach jumper cables to the fence and then driven home when someone is electrocuted on it. I mean for fucks sake, how many times do you need to call out this thing is electrified, don’t even get me started on the fact that the electric fence is powered by jumper cables…

Other than this the film didn’t really have a great story to tell it just felt like it was setting the scene/testing the waters for the next film in the Predator series.  

Overall I’d give this 2/5 and I think that I am possibly being generous here.