Nick Schager Reviews Robin Hood

An unwavering melding of substance and style, Robin Hood is colorless through and through. Ridley Scott’s retelling of the famed archer’s legend is (groan) an origin story that, on the basis of its conclusion, seems designed to kick-start a franchise, a repellent possibility in light of this saga’s wretched dullness. Shot in flat grays and browns and perpetually encased in shadows, Scott’s film may be his most visually unattractive yet, although if his drab aesthetic drains all life from the frame, it’s nonetheless in keeping with his enervating narrative. With only a day’s worth of rewrites, all traces of Robin Hood could have been erased from this story.

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