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(2018) (Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx) (PG-13)

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Action: A medieval era man returns from the Crusades and sets out to undermine and ultimately defeat the notorious Sheriff of Nottingham.
It's sometime during the medieval era and Robin of Loxley (TARON EGERTON) is an aristocrat who thinks he's found the love of his life in Marian (EVE HEWSON), but then learns he's been drafted by the Sheriff of Nottingham (BEN MENDELSOHN) to go off and fight in the Crusades in Arabia. Four years later, Robin is still a soldier and barely escapes with his life when an opposing soldier, Yahya (JAMIE FOXX), gets the upper hand, but loses his hand to the sword wielded by one of Robin's comrades.

Despite that attempt on his life, Robin tries to save Yahya's young adult son from being beheaded, but fails and gets an arrow in the chest and is shipped back to England as a result. Unbeknownst to him, Yahya stowed away on that ship and now informs Robin that he's selected him to assist in stopping the war effort.

And he says the way to do that is by stealing from the Sheriff who's taken to heavily taxing the locals to support the war (and line his own pockets), thus forcing most of them to live at the nearby mines. That includes Marian who, having been wrongly told that Robin was killed in battle two years ago, lives there with her husband, Will Tillman (JAMIE DORNAN), and objects to the way the Sheriff treats them and others.

While Robin lets his close friend, Friar Tuck (TIM MINCHIN), know of his return, he initially avoids Marian -- at the request of Yahya, now known as John -- and cozies up with the Sheriff via handsome donations -- that he's stolen from him in the guise of "The Hood" -- in a ploy to get into that man and his associates' inner circle.

As the thefts increase and the locals find themselves with newfound hope, the Sheriff increases his pressure on them, all while the more powerful religious figures there call in the big gun, the Cardinal (F. MURRAY ABRAHAM), to figure out how to handle the situation. With Robin learning of their real plan, he, John, Marian, and others do what they can to stop them.

OUR TAKE: 3.5 out of 10
More to come, but in short this reimagining of the Robin Hood character and legend applies too much of the Guy Ritchie influenced, hyper-stylized violence (including with made-up weapons), some bad dialogue, and distracting & completely out of place costumes at times (for a movie that's supposedly of the medieval era there's a lot of fashion style, borrowed from several centuries ahead in the future). Give this one a pass.

Reviewed November 20, 2018 / Posted November 21, 2018

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