Robin Hood is part of the Anglosphere culture. So it’s nice to see that people are still interested in the legendary tale. I’m also not fundamentally against remaking movies, particularly when it happens with fundamental stories of our culture. But as with everything else, if you’re going to retell a culturally essential story, you have to do it right. And the first trailer for the upcoming Robin Hood movie . . . well, let’s just say I don’t think this is going to be the definitive version about the merry men of Sherwood Forest.
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) with Errol Flynn is probably the Robin Hood movie for many people. And I’d probably enjoy it too if I ever get the chance to see it. But since I haven’t, my favorite version of the tale is The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952), which stars Richard Todd in the title role.
I’m sure others prefer versions such as Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), Russell Crowe’s Robin Hood (2010), or even Cary Elwes’s Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993).
To each his own.
We’ll soon have a new version to add to the list. But like I just mentioned, I don’t believe many people are going to consider it their favorite one. But perhaps I’m wrong.
The Lionsgate movie is scheduled to open in theaters on Nov. 21.