ROBIN HOOD (M) Al­ways draws a long bow, but of­ten lacks aim, UK-US, 114 min

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This umpteenth run-through of the an­cient Robin Hood leg­end (spoiler alert: he robs from the rich, and gives to the poor) gets a reck­less remix­ing for mod­ern au­di­ences. What emerges is one never-end­ing mood swing of a movie, ex­cit­ingly overblown one minute, and er­rat­i­cally un­der­done the next. Taron Eger­ton (the cheeky up­start from the Kings­man flicks) is Robin of Lox­ley, a spoilt toff drafted to fight for Eng­land in the Cru­sades. Once back on home turf, Robin is mighty peeved to learn ev­ery­one thought he was dead, and that some have taken ad­van­tage of the sit­u­a­tion. Now a sub­ver­sive man of the peo­ple, Robin plots his re­venge against the evil Sher­iff of Not­ting­ham while win­ning back his ex­girl­friend Maid Mar­ian from the clutches of her new boyfriend. The ac­tion se­quences have a wacky in­ten­sity that might win you over but a scrappy, pappy story will lose you over and over.

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