Robin Hood (2018 film)
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|Directed by||Otto Bathurst|
|Story by||Ben Chandler|
|Music by||Joseph Trapanese|
|Box office||$65.7 million|
Robin Hood is a 2018 American action-adventure film directed by Otto Bathurst and written by Ben Chandler and David James Kelly, from a story by Chandler. It is based on the tale of Robin Hood, and follows his training by John to steal from the Sheriff of Nottingham. The film stars Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, Eve Hewson, Tim Minchin, and Jamie Dornan.
The film was announced in February 2015, with Egerton signing on as the lead role that September. Hewson, Foxx and Mendleson all joined the cast over the following year, and principal photography began in February 2017, lasting through May.
Robin Hood was released by Lionsgate on November 21, 2018. The film received generally negative reviews from critics, who criticized the direction, narrative and wasting of the cast, and has grossed over $65 million against a production budget of $100 million. Due to its critical and financial shortcomings, partnered with its modern take on a classic source material, numerous publications compared the film to 2017's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
Robin of Loxley, lord of Nottingham, enjoys a good life with his lover, Marian, before he is enlisted by the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham to fight in the Crusades against the Muslims. After five years away from England, Robin becomes disillusioned with the Crusades when he fails to prevent his commander, Sir Guy of Gisborne, from executing a boy despite the pleading of the boy's father, which prompts Gisborne to send Robin back to England.
When he returns to Nottingham, Robin learns from his old friend Friar Tuck that the Sheriff had him officially declared dead two years prior in order to seize Robin's land to continue funding the war effort at the behest of the corrupt Cardinal. Investigating the mines of Nottingham, Robin witnesses the commoners planning to rise against the government that oppresses and exploits them and learns that Marian is now involved with their aspiring leader, Will Tillman. Robin is prevented from making contact with her by the Arab whose son he tried to save. The man introduces himself as Yahya – which he says can be translated to “John” – and proposes that he and Robin work to end the war by breaking the bank of England in the form of Nottingham. Marian seeks Robin upon learning that he is alive, but he chooses to leave her out of his plans for her own protection.
Through a grueling training regimen in his old manor, Robin greatly improves his skills in archery and combat and begins stealing the riches that the Sheriff has extorted from the townspeople, earning the nickname “The Hood”, while concealing his activities by masquerading as a frivolous playboy who supports the Sheriff's regime. During a party in the Cardinal's honor attended by Robin, Marian and Will, Gisborne and his men raid Nottingham at the Sheriff's behest in order to find the Hood. Marian attempts to intervene despite Will's objections and crosses paths with the Hood, whom she discovers is Robin. John is captured by Gisborne and tortured by the Sheriff but refuses to reveal the Hood's identity.
Robin reveals himself to the commoners at Marian's urging and is embraced as their leader, upsetting Will. With their help, Robin intercepts a caravan transporting the Sheriff's fortune out of Nottingham and redistributes it among the people, and then leads the townspeople in a battle against the Sheriff and his forces, allowing John to escape. During the confrontation, Robin defeats Gisborne but spares his life, and later shares a kiss with Marian, which is witnessed by Will moments before he is horribly scarred by an explosion. Disillusioned by Marian's betrayal, he abandons her and the revolution. When the tide of the battle begins turning in the Sheriff's favor, Robin surrenders to avoid further bloodshed and is taken to the Sheriff's castle to be executed, but escapes with help from John and manages to kill the Sheriff before fleeing to reunite with Marian at Sherwood Forest. Meanwhile, the Cardinal approaches a vengeful Will and offers him power in exchange for his help to kill Robin. Will is appointed the new Sheriff and brands Robin and his followers' outlaws, with Robin vowing to keep stealing from the rich to give to the poor, and defiantly challenging Will to come after him.
- Taron Egerton as Robin of Loxley / The Hood, Marian's love interest, John's apprentice and the enemy of the Sheriff of Nottingham
- Jamie Foxx as Yahya / John, Robin's mentor
- Ben Mendelsohn as the Sheriff of Nottingham, Robin's enemy
- Eve Hewson as Marian, Robin's love interest and the girlfriend of Will Tillman
- Tim Minchin as Friar Tuck
- Jamie Dornan as Will "Scarlet" Tillman, boyfriend of Marian
- F. Murray Abraham as the Cardinal
- Paul Anderson as Guy of Gisborne
- Josh Herdman as Righteous
- Cornelius Booth as Lord Pembroke
- Björn Bengtsson as Tydon
The project was first announced on February 26, 2015, when a third Robin Hood script was announced written by Joby Harold, which Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way would produce. There were two scripts already in the works: one at Disney titled Nottingham & Hood and another at Sony titled Hood. This script was expected to be taken by Sony to merge it with its other project. Lionsgate acquired the distribution rights to the film on March 19, 2015. It was then titled Robin Hood: Origins. On June 4, 2015, Lionsgate set Otto Bathurst to direct the film, which DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran of Appian Way would produce along with Harold and Tory Tunnell of Safehouse Pictures. On July 31, 2015, Deadline Hollywood revealed that several actors were circling for the lead role, including Taron Egerton, Jack Huston, Jack Reynor, and Dylan O'Brien. Basil Iwanyk would also produce the film through his Thunder Road Pictures.
Later on August 6, 2015, it was reported that Egerton was at the top of the list for the lead role and he was in early talks with the studio; however, it was predicted that he might not sign on to star in the film because of scheduling issues with the sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service. On September 30, 2015, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Egerton had signed on for the film, with shooting to begin in February 2016, but that he was in conflict with the Kingsman sequel, which was scheduled to begin production in April. Later in mid-October, it was confirmed that the scheduling issues had been settled between both studios and that Liongate would now begin Robin Hood's production right after Egerton wrapped on Kingsman, likely in the end of summer. On October 15, 2015, Eve Hewson was chosen for the role of Maid Marian from 100 actresses.
On January 11, 2016, it was announced that Jamie Foxx had been cast in the film to play the role of Little John, the leader of outlaws group Merry Men. On September 19, 2016, it was reported that Jamie Dornan had joined the film's cast to play Will Scarlet, half brother of Hood, member of Merry Men, and husband of Marian. In November 2016, film's title was announced to be Robin Hood, with Paul Anderson cast for an unspecified role, which might be a darkly toned character. On December 13, it was reported that Ben Mendelsohn had been cast in the film as the Sheriff of Nottingham. On February 14, 2017, it was announced that Tim Minchin had been cast as Friar Tuck.
Robin Hood was released in the United States in standard theatres by Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment on November 21, 2018. The film was originally scheduled to be released on March 23, 2018 but in November 2016 was pushed back to the November date.
As of December 9, 2018[update], Robin Hood has grossed $27.2 million in the United States and Canada, and $38.5 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $65.7 million, against a production budget of $100 million.
In the United States and Canada, Robin Hood was released alongside Creed II and Ralph Breaks the Internet, as well as the wide expansion of Green Book, and was projected to gross $13–15 million from 2,827 theaters in its five-day opening weekend. The film made $3.2 million on its first day, including $1.2 million from early previews ($800,000 from Tuesday night previews and an additional $400,000 from advanced Monday night screenings). It went on to debut to $9.1 million (a five-day total of $14.2 million), finishing seventh at the box office. With a production budget of around $100 million, Deadline Hollywood already listed the film as a box office bomb, blaming the poor reviews and recycled property. In its second weekend the film made $4.7 million, dropping 48% and falling to eighth.
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On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, it holds an approval rating of 16% based on 113 reviews, with an average rating of 3.9/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Robin Hood robs from rich source material, but is ultimately just another poor attempt to needlessly gussy up a classic tale with amped-up action and modern special effects." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 32 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale, while PostTrak reported filmgoers gave it a 75% positive score but a "low" 43% "definite recommend".
In his 1/4 star review, Rolling Stone's Peter Travers wrote: "Arriving just in time to win a place among the year's worst films, Robin Hood robs you of two hours", while Glenn Kenny of The New York Times said that the film "strains to be relevant... Jamie Foxx must have lost a bet. The plot is twisty in a perfunctory way, the action predictably explosive, the sought-after exhilaration nonexistent."
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