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|Original title:||Robin Hood|
|Production country:||USA 2018|
|Running time:||Ca. 116 Min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
Young Robin of Locksley (Taron Egerton) returns to his native Nottingham after years in war. Much has changed there - and not for the better. Robin, who was declared dead, was expropriated, his beloved Lady Marian (Eve Hewson) has a new husband (Jamie Dornan) at her side and the people groan under the cruel rule of the Sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Mendelsohn). Robin doesn't want to stand by and do nothing. While he tries to find the Sheriff's trust on the outside, his companion Little John (Jamie Foxx) and he take up the fight against the unscrupulous enemy out of hiding. But he soon rides up heavy guns in the fight against the masked avenger…
To anticipate it right away: This reinterpretation of "Robin Hood" has little in common with the classic legend. The film not only takes its liberties historically and geographically (Nottingham is by the sea?), it also mixes the well-known character with modern comic heroes like "Batman". The result is a slightly overloaded mish-mash, which is, strictly speaking, a decided nonsense. So far, so bad. But: If you can get involved with it, then this completely exaggerated "Robin Hood" is a lot of fun.
The action is more than solidly staged and the horrible dialogues are served with refreshing self-irony. Surely, in the scenes, in which there is no hint of humor, the weaknesses of the script become painfully clear. The obvious enthusiasm of Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx can do little to help. But for long stretches director Otto Bathurst, who has worked mainly on TV series like "Black Mirror" or "Peaky Blinders" so far, has succeeded in creating an entertaining mixture of buddy comedy, heist movie and medieval action, which makes little sense but a lot of fun.
You can also say it like this: If you have another "Robin Hood" variant, then please have one like this. One that is completely different, doesn't take itself so seriously and doesn't spill visually, but really blocks. If you take an intellectual approach, you will, of course, be desperately tugging your hair after just a few minutes. But if you manage to reduce the brain activity so that it is just enough to lead the hand with the popcorn to your mouth, you will be entertained really well here. And for that there is a proper one: Worth seeing!
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