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Action-Heavy and Retrofitted for Youth, But Fun – Variety

If you're a purist about Robin Hood, you probably do not go for "Robin Hood". It's a lightweight retrofit-the-legend-for-the-kids movie,…

If you’re a purist about Robin Hood, you probably do not go for “Robin Hood”. It’s a lightweight retrofit-the-legend-for-the-kids movie, and it’s not shy about the fast and furious action-and-attitude makeover trends. The battle sequences, fought with arrows and arrows, are really battles where the arrows land with the power of bullets and destroy contact. The cast is all fresh youth idol sexiness: Taron Egerton, from the “Kingsman” movie, which plays a kind of boy band Robin Hood a high school, can hang a poster in her bedroom; Eve Hewson, who – you heard this first – has things to be a big movie star (more on it in a moment), like an extremely sensual and lively Marian who takes his commands from no man; and Jamie Dornan, from the “Fifty Shades of Gray” movies, like Marian’s serious scraggle-bearded boyfriend. (You know that a movie is about beautiful people when Jamie Dornan is cast as an unsexy boring guy.)

In addition to that, Robin Hood treats the 1

4th century dark knight, a mysterious avenger called “Hood” with Robin of Locksley like his Bruce Wayne alter ego. (The duality is obviously built into the legend, but it plays here as a knowing knockoff of superhero culture.) The masses of the poor masses struggle are like something from a YA dystopia living in the dark crazy middle of the mines they work on each day.

And if that’s not enough for you … the movie is a story! None of the new “Robin Hood” takes place in Sherwood Forest. It is located in the castle corridors and the exciting streets of Nottingham, a large medieval town where Robin, an aristocrat who returns after fighting for the British in Arabia, learns that his family property has been seized by Nottingham (Ben Mendelsohn). Robin also loses his pressure, Marian, told by the sheriff that he was killed in battle. (That’s why she’s now with Dornans Will.) The movie is about how a broken dude turns into a freedom fighter.

But continue, contradict everything you want this unclean, leeching-after-youth degradation of a legend. “Robin Hood” is not a classic, but if it sometimes seems that it’s trying to be “Baz Luhrmann’s Robin Hood”, it’s more powerful. The movie is a derivative live-wire lark – one for my money approaching the spirit of what Robin Hood is about than the 1991 Kevin Costner version or the stupid 2010 Russell Crowe version. The fact that both films did not succeed in developing the devil-maybe-care, Robin Hoods are easier to say than the air can be a sign that it’s finally time to stop telling this story with the same old troops. It’s not as if anyone will ever match 1938 “The Adventures of Robin Hood” anyway; In the crazy colorful swash buckler Errol Flynn had the majestic joy and airy puck of a leaping god, and his spirit was contagious. For some reason, Costner and Crowe both played Robin Hood by tuggling on the glow.

The new “Robin Hood” brushes at least against the heart of history: the dashing flippancy of a fatal abuse and duel of wits as unfurls between Robin and Sheriff of Nottingham. Taron Egerton plays Robin with a glimpse, and he is particularly good when Robin of Locksley, who poses as the sheriff’s allies, plays anger with him. He is like a debonair business clerk who knows how to utilize his boss’s weakness, and the sheriff gives him good work. Ben Mendelsohn’s performance is nothing less than sensational. His appearance is daring from time to time – the long leather robes in a fop in the center, a nicely separated hairstyle from the 1980s – and he speaks with a certain lisp of anger, turns the sheriff into an arresting logical fascist, with a background of childhood pain as morphs too convincing to adult sadism. Mendelsohn is all ice-cold controls until he begins to complete, at what time you can not take his eyes off.

Director Otto Bathurst, who has worked in the series TV (this is his first feature), knows how to deliver the exaggerated staged activity, but he also makes facial on a human scale. Signs that we know appear here and there, like Tuck (Tim Minchin), who still takes confessionaries in the church and are all the hairy, long-haired thousands of years of self-doubt. So, actors like F. Murray Abraham, who have a wonderful time like Cardinal, are in cahoots with the Sheriff; Abraham’s bulky satire of religious hypocrisy is just pointed to giving a sense of timeliness. In the case of Jamie Foxx, he is a ball of magnetic energy like John, the proud Arab who loses his hand (and son) in the crusades, then hires on Robin’s military ship and forms a mutually beneficial band with him. Foxx gives his scenes a fury that ignites the movie.

And of course, Marian. Eve Hewson, who is Bono’s daughter, has a romantic presence expressed through a timeless look-she keeps the screen with the kind of electrifying radiation you’re either born with or not. She roots this juvenile shooter in something that is genuinely sincere and makes a move for the people to join Robin’s case, yet Hewson simply it . In the end, the movie hits a sequel (probably in Sherwood Forest) with a pretty damn good twist of villain and the presence of an actress like Hewson is a reason you actually want to see it.

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