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Robin Hood (2018) Review

MISSES THE TARGET


 

The man, the myth, the legend of Robin Hood. Derived from English folklore (most notably in the Late Middle Ages), Robin Hood is a heroic outlaw from literature, who (as the story goes) was from noble birth and fought during the Crusades before returning to England to find his lands taken by the sheriff, which made him turn against the greedy aristocracy of England and “rob from the rich and give to the poor”. It has also been said that he is highly skilled archer and a swordsman as well as being traditionally depicted in green garb. In addition, through its countless retellings and variations, familiar additions have been added to the Robin Hood lore, including a love interest with the fair lady Maid Marian, his band of outlaws “The Merry Men” (who live in Sherwood Forest), and his main antagonist the Sheriff of Nottingham or even sometimes in association with Prince John (in usurping the rightful but absent King of England (King Richard III), to whom Robin Hood remains loyal. While some tales are more extravagant than others, the common theme that runs through all is the character of Robin Hood is a sort of “champion” of the common people, fighting against the “injustice” in England, while remaining loyal to its rightful ruler. Thus, given his popularity in folklore and in the literary world, it came as no surprise that Hollywood would want to delve in the Robin Hood myth and project that image onto the silver screen. Throughout the years, there have been many adaptations (both live-action and cartoon series meant for the big and small screen, including 1943’s The Adventures of Robin Hood (starring Errol Flynn), Disney 1973’s animated feature Robin Hood, 1991’s Robin Hood: The Prince of Thieves (starring Kevin Costner, Alan Rickman, and Morgan Freeman), Mel Brook’s comedic representation in 1993’s Robin Hood: Men in Tights, the BBC’s TV series Robin Hood (2006-2009), and Ridley Scott’s 2010 epic prequel Robin Hood, and many others. Now, Summit Entertainment (Lionsgate) and director Otto Bathurst present the newest cinematic iteration of the folklore outlaw hero with the 2018 movie titled Robin Hood. Does this movie add a new layer to the every-growing Robin Hood myth or does it completely flounder and miss its intended target? Read more

Baby Driver (2017) Review

MOZART WITH A GO KART


 

Over the years, director Edgar Wright has produced some very unique and interesting feature films. Starting out as a director for several short-lived British TV series like Asylum, Mash and Peas, Is it Bill Bailey, Spaced, and a few others, Wright eventually graduated to directing theatrical films, beginning in 2004 with the movie Shaun of the Dead. The film, which starred Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, was a British horror-comedy film that riffed on the idea of a zombie apocalypse (zombies was just starting to become noticeable in pop culture). In general, Shaun of the dead was positively received as was considered a commercial success. This then prompted two create two more similar-style films (even using Pegg and Frost as the main characters), with 2007’s Hot Fuzz (an action-comedy parody) and 2013’s The World’s End (a science fiction-comedy satire). These three films were widely accepted by Wright’s fans, gaining a cult following for these movies, which were dubbed under the name Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy (or just simply as the Cornetto trilogy. Additionally, in-between Hot Fuzz and The World’s End, Wright also adapted Bryan Lee O’Malley’s popular graphic novel into the 2010 movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. While not as a commercial success as some of his other films, Scott Pilgrim does have a cult following of fans, citing Wright’s usage of video game nuances and its various cast of actors (most of which are now well-known / recognizable in Hollywood in their respective projects). Wright even won the famed title of directing a superhero blockbuster with Marvel’s 2015 film Ant-Man. Unfortunately, due to creative differences, Wright left the project, with director Peyton Reed replacing Wright in Ant-Man’s director chair. Now, almost four years since his last feature, director Edgar Wright along with Sony Pictures (Tri-Star and MRC), presents his return to the big screen with the action-thriller Baby Driver. Does Wright’s newest film make a clean getaway to the top or does it fail to drive its heist premise home? Read more

Annie Review

IT’S A HARD KNOCK LIFE FOR THIS UPDATED MUSICAL


Annie. The name of this Broadway musical has become just as iconic as its catchy lyrical songs. Based on the popular Harold Gray comic strip titled Little Orphan Annie, this musical opened in 1977, becoming a sensational hit that spawned many productions across the globe and garnishing a Tony Award for best musical. Over the years, Annie’s popularity swelled, expanding off the Broadway stage with many adaptations that were made for film and TV, none more famous than 1982’s feature film Annie. As the 2014 year draws to a close, Sony Pictures bring a new rendition to this orphan girl to the big screenwith the film again simply called Annie. Does up-to-date version breathe new life into the Broadway classic or is it a musical miscue of a movie? Read more