Jamie Dornan and Eve Hewson of Ireland are co-stars of Robin Hood, the new $ 135 million bow-and-arrow race, released today, November 21.
It is another great franchise role for Dornan and the worldwide introduction to Hewson, the daughter of Bono, leader of U2, and his wife Ali.
But I will understand if you are not exactly excited by the idea of restarting another of the great carvings. The story of Robin Hood has already been told in multiple movies, cartoons, television shows and comics, after all.
And it is always supported that it has done it for a good reason: there are still no sociopaths from the real world who move from the country to get rich, so we will always be attentive to the great heart saviors to reject them, won us not?
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Still, it's dangerous. There have been a series of medieval-era restarts that have not been very successful in recent years, including Guy Ritchie's $ 175 million "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" debacle.
It can be said with certainty that the director Otto Bathurst and the title star Taron Egerton know everything, so they have invented an old story with a twist of 2018 that they hope will hide the frayed edges of this old bow and arrows with a shine modern and bright. .
It turns out that one of the main surprises of the film is casting. Along with Jamie Dornan, 36, of Ireland, who plays community organizer Will Scarlet on screen, Robin Hood also marks the debut actress actress Eve Hewson, 27, here portrayed as Maid Marian, the main romantic interest of the film.
Hewson fought against 100 other actresses to get the coveted role, which may or may not have been helped by the fact that she is the daughter of Bono and his wife Ali, leader of U2.
I'm not going to suggest that being the daughter of international rock royalty helped me, but I'm pretty sure it did not hurt (no doubt, it helped him look for an agent after graduating from the Tisch School of the Arts in New York, where he studied drama).
Originally baptized (in the ancient tradition of rock and roll) Memphis Eve Sunny Day Hewson, her name was finally shortened to Eve when her parents realized she was being eaten alive in the playground. Hewson is best known for her impressive turn in the Cinemax television show "The Knick," where she played a young and lively Virginia nurse who becomes the center of the drama.
But Robin Hood will present the actress to the world. Literally, she is the first person we see when the movie starts. But this is not your grandparents raised Marian. In the Bathurst director update, she is a kind of hooded ninja warrior who comes to steal a horse to help her people.
Almost as soon as she has broken into the castle, Sir Robin Loxley (played by a screen relative, Taron Egerton) has caught her in the act, but is so bewitched by her beauty that he did not see her. he just lets her go, he helps his theft.
Egerton and Hewson have chemistry together, but Hewson has many more things from that factor x that so many Irish actors (including Dornan) also have, they call it a certain emotion. Irish actors are increasingly assuming the highest level of the Hollywood A-list because they can play comedy and tragedy with a facility that embarrasses others.
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I would have been the first in line to say that Hewson is just a poor little rich girl who used her father's famous name to pursue her own dreams of stardom. But the truth, as always, is a bit more complicated.
Although interpreting romantic interest in a big-budget action movie is not exactly the most strenuous job he could have done, Hewson emerges as the emotional heart of this film and, in doing so, makes it clear that he is a star in his own right.
No one will be more relieved to see this than Bono and his wife Ali, I imagine. They warned Eve from the beginning that they would not take her seriously, that she would be judged solely by her appearance, that in the press she would be heard with rancor about how she got the concert and what she said about it.
They were right in that at every point. But there is one thing that is a test against all detractors: talent. It turns out that Eve can act. Not only that, but it has a kind of pre-Raphaelite beauty that suggests a young Kate Bush and adapts to her role in this endless film.
But with so much to prove and so many critics to challenge, you have to hand it over to her, she has the nerve and the ability to carry it out, and she does it with her own Irish accent.
It is a pity that the film itself is nothing special. Robin Hood has a huge budget and it seems that yes: the sets are impressive, the costumes are fantastic, the action sequences are out of this world, but everything feels as formulated as the recipe for soda bread.
We've seen all this before a thousand times. First, there is Robin, the young and brave hero (Egerton) who resists his fate. Then there's the almost magical figure of Obi-Wan called Little John (Jamie Foxx) who teaches Robin (in a military training sequence without homoerotic intent) how to be a better fighter.
Then there's Marion (Hewson) who teaches Robin to see the suffering of ordinary people and inspires him to do something about it. Innovative, it is not.
Worse than all that is the Nottingham Sheriff (Ben Mendelsohn) who chews on landscapes, who seems to think he is still on the Death Star after his turn to chew landscapes in "Star Wars: Rogue One." Mendelsohn becomes a convincing villain, it's a pity that he seems to belong to a universe different from Robin's.
Tonally Robin Hood is a disaster. Send our hero to the Crusades and shoot the action sequences there as if they were excerpts from "Operation Desert Storm". The costumes look like blunt to the black jackets of the US Army. The arrows explode through the walls like live ammunition, and the white men confront the men with turbans and scarves in some strange "Aladdin" meets the mashup of the action movie "Assassin's Creed."
Located in an old gay England (Nottingham to be precise) but filmed in Hungary and Croatia, the villages of Robin Hood on screen seem to belong to Tuscany rather than a city halfway between Manchester and Birmingham.
The script is also really strange, a hybrid of clichés of action movies and surprisingly modern references, to the point that it begins to whip him. I was waiting to see the gay men flossing their backpacks in the final credits. It is not a good sign.
Meanwhile, Dornan has had a remarkable fall on the big screen. He is a journalist with an Irish accent in "My Dinner With Herve", as a British war photographer in the well-received and currently at stake "A Private War", and now in "Robin Hood" is a resident of Nottingham with an accent of Bangor (it never explains what an Irishman is doing there).
Like Hewson, he will survive to play another day, but I suspect that this movie will sink more than in Excalibur next weekend.
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