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Robin Hood (2018)

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Sloppy, violent adventure does little for classic legend.
  • PG-13
  • 2018
  • 116 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

One of the lessons of the tale of Robin Hood has always been that we don't have to lie down in the face of evil, greed, or oppression. Taking a stand is possible, and if one person does it, others may follow. (But it helps if that one person has something like superpowers!)

Positive Role Models & Representations

Robin Hood is a thief; yes, he steals from people who've already stolen, but whether or not that's all right is up for debate. He's inspiring, but he's also like a superhero in that his supreme archery skills are the main thing that allows him to stand up to evil.

Violence

Strong, frequent, fantasy-style fighting; little blood. Characters are shot, pierced with arrows. Some die. High-speed arrows (like bullets), firebombs, explosions. Fighting, threatening. Riot in the street. A man smacks, roughs up, abducts a woman. Main character shot in leg, with blood stain. Hanged man. Man with burned face. A secondary character's hand is cut off. Scenes of war. Beheading (offscreen). A story about young boys being beaten, forced to drink brandy. References to people being in chains. References to "blood in the streets."

Sex

Kissing. Marian kisses two different characters (the second after she thinks the first is dead). Cleavage. At a party, men are shown with their arms around several giggling women at once.

Language

A few (somewhat obscured by noise) uses of "s--t." Also "bastard," "goddamn," "piss," "balls," "bloody," "hell," "bollocks," "toff" (i.e., a derogatory stereotype for someone with an aristocratic background).

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social/casual drinking. Main character guzzles whisky from a bottle when upset; another character smacks it away.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sloppy take on the classic tale of Robin Hood stars Taron Egerton as the hero, with the Sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Mendelsohn) painted as a warmonger. Expect lots of action violence, with intense fighting and arrow-shooting, but very little blood (though there is a stain after Robin is shot in the leg). There are also explosions, a riot, and a brief scene of violence toward a woman. A man is hanged, a face is burned, a hand is cut off, and there are verbal references to violence. A main character kisses two men; there are also some cleavage shots and flirtatiousness. Language includes uses of "s--t," "bastard," "piss," "goddamn," etc. Some social drinking is shown, and Robin briefly guzzles from a bottle of whiskey.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byStevie111 November 21, 2018

Different version of Robin Hood is exciting and very violent

Robin Hood was something very different than the traditional story. It was almost too different. They tried to tell a modern story with current themes. I had mi... Continue reading
Adult Written byEixor January 1, 2019

Exciting, Fun, Action, great characters!!!

I just don't understand the low ratings people gave this movie on this site. If you go to Fandango you will see the real reviews, from a lot of people who... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byMatureFungus November 23, 2018

ROBIN HOOD MODERNIZES THE CLASSIC STORY WITH SOME NEW IDEAS THAT DON'T ALWAYS WORK, BUT THE TALE OF AN OUTLAW HERO IS BUOYED BY TARON EGERTON'S CHARM.

On a purely plot-based level, the similarities between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and this version of Robin Hood are startling: Robin Hood is the story o... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byNadia Cloud November 22, 2018

Slightly entertaining with okay plot

Robin Hood was an okay film. It wasn't very good or bad. It was boring at some part. I recommend this for 12 and up because of violence.

What's the story?

In ROBIN HOOD, Robin of Loxley (Taron Egerton) is a wealthy lord who meets the enchanting Marian (Eve Hewson) when she tries to steal his horse. They immediately fall in love, but then Robin is drafted into the army and sent to Arabia to fight in a war championed by the evil, greedy Sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Mendelsohn). Robin returns years later to find a land ravaged by heavy taxes and Marian with Will (Jamie Dornan). John (Jamie Foxx), whose son Robin tried to save during the war, finds Robin and offers to train him to become a heroic thief, someone who can shake the foundations of those in charge. Pulling off several daring robberies, "The Hood" becomes a beacon of hope to the people, and as the Sheriff starts hunting him, the people are emboldened.

Is it any good?

Whether this is the worst Robin Hood movie ever made is up for debate, but it's certainly all kinds of terrible, from the lazy writing to the crummy, confusing action scenes. The story of Robin Hood is always a good one, and it always seems especially relevant in a society's more trying times, but the shaky, sloppy, numbing mess turned in by director Otto Bathurst -- a TV veteran making his feature debut -- doesn't seem to have anything motivating it. There's no evident burning desire to delve into the story again, just to shoot lots of things with fast-paced arrows and occasionally blow stuff up.

Many versions of Robin Hood have been made over the years; the two best are arguably the 1922 Douglas Fairbanks version and the 1938 Errol Flynn version (the 1973 Disney version is a sentimental favorite). Those movies were bold, cheerful, and flamboyant. But the more recent trend in Robin Hood has moved toward a depressing griminess, more like a relentless video game adaptation than anything rousing or exciting. This film slavishly follows that trend, although it quite possibly takes itself a little less seriously than its 1991 or 2010 predecessors, which is one of its few virtues. Egerton is another; it's hard to say whether he could have shone in a good movie, but in one this bad, he comes out ahead. Let's hope that someday, someone tries again and does right by good old Robin Hood.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Robin Hood's violence. Does the relative lack of blood make it any less intense? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

  • How does this film compare to other Robin Hood movies you may have seen? How is the story similar? Different?

  • Is Robin Hood, who technically breaks the law, a good guy? What makes him appealing? Is he a role model?

  • The movie talks about how fear and money can lead to power. How do the movie's villains use money and fear to gain power? Is that the same thing as being a bully?

  • The movie offers hope that people can stand up to oppressors with courage and teamwork. Is this true? Why or why not?

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