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Dubrovnik’s Robin Hood flops with the critics and at box office

By  Dec 03, 2018

The latest movie to be shot in Dubrovnik has hit the big screens to mixed reviews. Robin Hood, starring Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx, was widely released on the 21st of November but hit the cinemas in Croatia on the 29th of this month. Just as game of Thrones and The Last Jedi it was largely filmed in the ancient Old City of Dubrovnik at the beginning of last year.

The city was transformed from a Mediterranean seaside town to the medieval city of Nottingham. And the city features heavily in the final cut, with the Stradun, the Old City harbour and various side streets all appearing in the latest Robin Hood flick.

Billed as an all-action Robin Hood classic that IMDB describes as “A war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown in a thrilling action-adventure packed with gritty battlefield exploits, mind-blowing fight choreography, and a timeless romance.”

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However, the reviews for the Otto Bathurst directed movie have been decidedly cool.

To contrast, “Robin Hood,” directed by Otto Bathurst from a script by Ben Chandler and David James Kelly, huffs and puffs right off the bat, expending a lot of energy to tell you this isn’t your father’s, or your grandfather’s, Robin Hood movie. – The New York Times

Arriving just in time to win a place among the year’s worst films, Robin Hood — bursting with an entitled sense of its own non-existent coolness — falls flat on its fat one. It’s the umpteenth version of the heroic outlaw story, once more taking on the merry man that Kevin Costner played like a surfer dude in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) and a glum Russell Crowe sucked the life out of in his 2010 downer. Still, this new Robin, played by Taron Egerton, is so bad he doesn’t just make you long for Errol Flynn’s dashing, definitive 1938 swashbuckler. – Rolling Stone

To be fair, when you’re dealing with something as culturally ingrained and cliché-ridden as Robin Hood you might as well go for something fresh, and go for broke. But for all its stylistic ambition, and its efforts to reference modern concerns (the Sheriff of Nottingham’s anti-Islamic invective), Robin Hood misfires thanks to a crucial absence of internal logic. This world just doesn’t work. – Empire

I could bore you with history. But you wouldn’t listen.” The matey narration to this Robin Hood reboot assumes an audience for whom history is dead and dull, most useful as the backdrop to the latest edition of Call of Duty. “Forget history. Forget what you think you know.” Having neatly disengaged itself from the shackles of accuracy, the film proceeds to take liberties so outrageous they would make a Carry On film blush. – The Guardian

Well, it's turned out even worse than anyone could have imagined in this all-time big-screen low for Robin, Marian, Friar Tuck, Guy of Gisbourne and the Sheriff of Nottingham, not to mention for Jamie Foxx as an angry man from the Middle East who's gotten mixed up on the wrong side of a Crusade, or maybe just in the wrong movie. Leonardo DiCaprio can rest easy in the knowledge that this fiasco will come and go so quickly that few will remember that it even existed, much less that he produced it. In a just world, everyone involved in this mess would be required to perform some sort of public penance. – The Hollywood Reporter

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