TL;DR – This the best
reimagining of Robin Hood I have seen in years, take what works of the
traditional story and reinterpreting it into the Australian context.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
Robin Hood is one of those characters that you see a lot of in media because he
is one of the few safe completely public domain characters that most people
know about. We have had every type of adaptation of his story, from the
faithful, to big action set piece films like Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,
to the farcical like Robin Hood: Men in
Tights, to the forgettable,
I mean we ever got a version from Disney where they were all animals. However,
while there have been a lot of versions of the story, they have all followed pretty
much the same formula with nothing of any real worth to the adaptations, well
that is until now.
So to set the scene, Robbie (Pedrea Jackson) is 13 and a is thief, he lives in
Alice Springs and Alice Springs is a dump, well he uses a different word, but
we will go with dump. He lives with his Nana Mary’s (Audrey Martin) house after
his mother died and his
Dad (Andy Golledge) never really recovered. Robbie might be a thief, but he always
has the best intentions at heart as he goes around Alice Springs with his
friends Little Johnny (Levi Thomas) and Georgia Blue (Jordan Johnson).
TL;DR – Of this films many, many failings, is the fact that you can see a kernel of a good idea here, that they refused to commit too and thus made it a film about nothing.
Score – 1 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Oh wow, and I mean wow, how do you stuff this up as badly as you do here. For a lot of people, there is this annoyance that film companies keep going back to these public domain properties because it is just a cheap option, and I get that. But because these stories are so well known, you can use them as a basis for doing something novel or even experimental. In years past, we have gotten the full-on epic with Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves all the way to the absolute farce that is Robin Hood: Men in Tights. However, there was room for another film to take the mythos in a new direction … well, this is not that film, which somehow fails at being both a re-telling of the original myth and also an abysmal attempt at modernising the story for a new audience.
TL;DR – A combination of off-brand Afghani animation, smugglers on the border, and all the shenanigans.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid and end credit scene
Review – Super Troopers is one of those little films that could. Fighting hard to get it financed and being turned down at every point and then finally getting it greenlit but you only have $1.2 million to put your passion project together. Well after many years a sequel is about to be released so I thought it would be good prep to take a look down memory lane at a world full of shenanigans, so, many, shenanigans.