Otto Bathurst’s Robin Hood aims to out-Ritchie Guy Ritchie in this weirdly familiar take on Robin Hood – weird because it emulates Ritchie’s directing style; is influenced more than a little by Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins; Irish leading lady Eve Hewson sounds very American, and, like Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger, it’s a bit of a mess but still a fun ride.
Plus, machine gun crossbows; ninja-like moves and slow-mo archery.
Summit Entertainment and eOne are pinning holiday cheer on the performance of Robin Hood. Judging from the fun trailer, there’s a good chance they (and we) will be happy with this re-imagining of the classic story.
Robin Hood stars Taron Egerton, Eve Hewson, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendlesohn and Jamie Dornan. It opens on November 21st.
There are a handful of sequels that are as good as (or better than) their progenitors – The Godfather 2, Superman II, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and The Dark Knight come to mind – and now Kingsman: The Golden Circle joins that elite list.
Following the heavy expositional load of the thoroughly entertaining first film, The Golden Circle expands character development (of Eggsy, at least) and introduces a delightfully pragmatic villain who has the best of intentions (and hopes to profit handsomely from them, too).
Matthew Vaughn’s Kinsman: The Secret Service, from his MARV Films, is based on Mark Millar’s graphic novel The Secret Service. Distributed by 20th Century Fox in North America, it stars Colin Firth as a John Steed-like, ultra-British secret agent who brings a street kid with potential (Taron Egerton) into his organization just as a tech wizard, (Samuel L. Jackson) sets a global threat in motion.
A third trailer has just been released with a fair bit of new footage. Check it out after the jump. Kinsman: The Secret Service opens February 13, 2015.