The venerable English legend gets another retelling in a production aimed at a younger audience than previous modern incarnations. This approach works better than expected. The rousing action and the swashbuckling sense of fun capture the magic of the mythical tale. Brit Taron Egerton makes for a perfect screen idol, and Jaime Foxx does solid work as the sidekick.
A pampered English nobleman (Taron Egerton) is sent to war and narrowly averts death. The Crusader then returns home to find his property and wealth seized by the Sherrif of Nottingham (Ben Mendelsohn). This injustice and obvious sign of corruptness lead the young man to take up the identity of Robin Hood.
Robin Hood is a handsomely mounted production. It doesn’t look cheap or second-rate. Instead, high-level attention to detail in all departments is evident. The energetic filmmaking style and the sumptuous visuals set this apart from other recent retellings.
Director: Otto Bathurst
Stars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn