So far Otto Bathurst‘s Robin Hood (Lionsgate, 11.21) has a 33% Metascore. The critics are sounding a warning. They’re saying “don’t see it…it’s rancid…you’ll get indigestion…see Green Book instead,” etc.
“So from the evidence it must be assumed this film has forsworn, and arguably sneered at, the sort of delight that has heretofore been associated with Robin Hood and his brethren onscreen, all the way from Douglas Fairbanks 96 years ago to Errol Flynn, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner and even Mel Brooks along with many, many others (perhaps not so much a paunchy Russell Crowe a few seasons back).
“The only way to read this kind of arrogant dismissal of past pleasures is that the current filmmakers think they know better, that kids today want something fast and furious and senseless and don’t care about the old jolly-but-musty stuff. This may be true to a certain extent, but it doesn’t prevent the public from smelling a rat when it really and truly is stinking up the joint.” — from Todd McCarthy‘s Hollywood Reporter 11.20 review.