Earlier today I posted the first official trailer the new Robin Hood movie. The film – due out in November – stars Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx – and is the latest in a seemingly never ending line of Hood movies.
But is it needed? I genuinely don’t know.
Let’s weigh it up.
Robin Hood is a timeless tale about a hero helping out those who can’t help themselves. His story – about distributing wealth a little more evenly – will never not be relevant.
During the ’90s a couple of Robin Hood movies were made, including the incredibly popular Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), which cemented the character’s popularity on the big screen and in pop culture. While a TV show and another high profile movie have followed it has been a number of years since we last saw the hero in a major motion picture.
As we’ve seen on both the big and small screen as of late, audiences crave heroes – especially one’s with special abilities. Robin Hood’s skills with a bow place him level pegging with Hawkeye and Green Arrow, so maybe now is the perfect time to bring him to the forefront again with another movie.
The trailer – and the casting of Taron Egerton – seem to suggest this will be a less stuffy take on the Robin Hood legend, with plenty of action. With the right tone and a decent script this could prove to be a surprisingly fun movie.
Ugh… my biggest concern – apart from the trailer which looks absolute bobbins – is the fact that I feel we’ve been here before; sitting back and watching as the movie industry parades around a succession of films that feel a bit redundant. Last year it was King Arthur, the year before, The Legend of Tarzan, what will next year bring? Another Dracula film?
As much as I understand the need to reinvent these characters for the next generation, do we really need another Robin Hood movie? Prince of Thieves still feels pretty iconic; Arrow has this kind of thing covered on the small screen; and let’s be honest, Disney’s animated Robin Hood (1973) is still the be-all and end-all on all things Hood!
Don’t even try to tell me that’s not the case.
Sure I’m aware that Batman has a gazillion movies and Spider-Man is clocking up his fair share too, but at least there are plenty of stories to adapt so we don’t have to keep seeing the same tales over and over again. OK, bad example as we’ve relived both Batman & Spidey’s origins countless times already… but you get what I’m saying.
Damned if I know!
Personally, I’m not sold on the trailer or the idea of seeing another Robin Hood movie – at least not at the moment anyway. But then, maybe I just have to accept that this version of the Robin Hood story isn’t aimed at me and maybe the next generation will love it.
I embraced (and enjoyed) Kong: Skull Island (2017) and how many King Kong movies have we had now?
What do you think?
Firstly, did you like the trailer for Robin Hood? Secondly do you have any interest in paying to see this movie?
Share your thoughts in the comments section.