Who knew an action movie without cars or modern weapons could be so fast-paced?
I was invited to the preview screening of Robin Hood (2018) and I can honestly say, it's not what I expected - but in the best of ways.
It's true, the story of Robin Hood has been told many times and in many different ways. From the serious movies like Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) starring Kevin Costner to the tongue in cheek Mel Brooks movie Robin Hood: Men In Tights starring Cary Elwes, I can assure you this movie is different.
The movie tells the story of Robin of Loxley from the beginning. What happened before Robin of Loxley became Robin Hood? How did he meet Marian? Who is Little John (Petite Jean) and how did he and Robin end up fighting for the same cause?
When war hardened Crusader Robin returns home, the life he knew has gone; his people are suffering, the love of his life is... well, that's something you'll have to find out when you see the movie. With a strong ally and teacher by his side (Jamie Foxx), Robin plans to lead a revolt against the corrupt Sherrif of Nottingham (Ben Mendelsohn) and his men. Anger feeds him, determination keeps him strong.
The plot is solid, fast-paced and gritty - perhaps even raw.
A special mention must be made regarding the amazing action sequences (it feels like these make up almost the entire movie). They are fast, immersive and exciting and a lot of work has obviously gone into choreographing the scenes.
Alongside the gritty interpretation of war and the aftermath is small pockets of humour and flickers of humanity which makes the viewers feel a connection with the characters and before you know it, you're wishing and hoping for a good outcome.
I'm not the best with gore and I'll admit I did hide behind my popcorn box in a couple of scenes but they seem necessary to tell the story - they make the viewer care and feel for the characters.
Robin Hood opens in cinemas across Australia on 22 November 2018 and is definitely one to see on the big screen!