I hope that everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving had a lovely one. I was so busy with family, I didn’t get a chance to see any films. However, the only one on my list to see was Wreck It Ralph (my daughter’s request). Liongate’s Robin Hood was not on my list and, it seems, it wasn’t on anyone else’s either. The film, which cost upwards of $100 million to make, pulled in just $14 million domestically on its five-day opening and $22 million globally, which has earned it the distinction of being the biggest bomb of 2018.
I realize we still have a month left in 2018 but I feel fairly confident we can call this one for Robin Hood. And to have failed so profoundly during Thanksgiving weekend’s ”most lucrative box office ever,” Youch! I’m actually a little surprised because the cast looked good. Taron Egerton has the right amount of cockiness to pull off Robin and I really thought Jaime Foxx as Little John was interesting, especially as it looks like he was more of a tutor-in-arms to Robin that just a loyal lieutenant. And I think Jaimie Dornan as Will Scarlet is inspired. Couple that with everyone’s favorite baddie, Ben Mendelson, as the Sheriff of Nottingham, I thought they could save it. But they most decidedly did not as not only is the box office a disgrace, so are the reviews. I mean, people hate it. From what I’m reading, the script deserves most the blame, although reviews are split on “modernizing” the tale for today’s audience. I’m not as surprised that few went to see it over the break, it wasn’t exactly hyped. I only ever knew of the final trailer and there were two put out before it that went nowhere. No one was talking about it, not even the studio.
Hollywood loves to tell Robin Hood tales, but they rarely get them right. My father, who is an extraordinary storyteller, used to tell us the legends of Robin as we sat by the fire. He did the same for my kids and it got better with every telling. So, if I’ve learned anything from this latest Robin Hood disappointment, it’s that the only two ways to tell Robin’s tale is to get my dad to do it or bring back the hot fox.