Film Review: Robin Hood

The tale of Robin Hood has been re-told in various versions but the 2018 release directed by Otto Bathurst is the one to look forward to on the big screen this year! The long-awaited action film stars Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Eve Hewson, Jamie Dornan and Ben Mendelsohn.

The film begins with Robin of Loxley, Lord of Nottingham (Taron Egerton) returning from the war-torn ages against the Muslims in the Crusaders. He left for the war unwillingly, due to the order of conscription by corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Mendelsohn) and as a result had to leave behind his lover Marian (Eve Hewson). Robin fought for the greater good and failed to prevent the unfair assassination of Yahya’s (Jamie Foxx) son by the commander of the Crusaders.

He was later sent back to England for the grand disobedience, and was pronounced dead two years later by the Sheriff when he got married again with a new partner , Will Tillman (Jamie Dornan), an influential speaker in the town. Robin took matters into his own hand with the constant training with his mentor Yahya to carry out their missions in the town to overthrow the corrupt Cardinal.

It is absolutely mind-blowing that the director took approximately 3 years to research on the depiction of Robin Hood in this era. He commented that the fast paced bow and arrow sequences were complicated and well presented in urban spaces as compared to the jungle-like scenes found the original formats.

According to behind-the-scenes footage, Egerton practiced the art of archery rigorously for 3 years to portray the choreographed fights from experts. The film is quite bold with its Shakespeare like articulation which may not be relevant to local movie buffs.

The Fifth Parlour would like to thank Encore Films for the invitation to the special screening of Robin Hood!

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