Robin Hood is another telling of a classic story. This time, with a bunch of anachronistic elements. This movie has a lot of action scenes, but I wasn’t invested in the characters. Nottingham is some kind of huge city with armored guards carrying taxes around. The sheriff is still wicked and greedy. There is an entire mining city somewhere nearby which wouldn’t look out of place in some after civilization setting. It’s a strange mishmash of stuff.
The characters of Robin and Marian aren’t that interesting. They’re alright, and they work well together, but they still aren’t compelling. When they try to make jokes, it comes off as out of place. There just isn’t much there to the characters. The most interesting person is John. He has a great reason for being against the Sheriff of Nottingham and has good scenes and acting all around. The Sheriff of Nottingham is an alright villain.
I liked Friar Tuck in this film. He can be considered the comedy relief, though it’s more low-key.
Overall, the movie feels like a standard vaguely old-time setting with bow and arrow action. They have chase scenes that wouldn’t look out of place with motorcycles and cars. Random explosions are happening in the background for some reason. A horse flips over when hit by something. It’s dumb fun. But the movie never gets beyond that point.
Robin Hood doesn’t much to the original story. It just adds a bunch of stuff that makes it flashier, but not any more interesting. Visually, it’s not set in any time, just a time before guns and electricity. I don’t mind that so much, but it does look indistinct. It could be any swords and bows movie.