Robin Hood: A Moor Movie Review


As I begin my review, it’s the pink lipped brown skinned Kid Shaun Flores here with a review of the movie “Robin Hood” released in the UK November 2018. I have just got around to watching it. Director Otto Bathurst and with a 100-million-dollar budget I say this film has worked within its means, excelled and gone over and beyond in terms of my expectations.

Previously most Robin Hood stories have the same white cast that doesn’t serve to bring diversity to the film industry. In the narratives us as black people like to feel involved in through the representation of a black person on screen, and this time it was through Jamie Foxx who I will use as the focal point of this review. Being a black centered magazine and all.

The movie Robin Hood I give a solid 9/10 simply because the truth of history was woven into its construct. The Moor “Yahya ibn Umar” was played by Jamie Foxx, it was an excellent story of how the Moors have helped Europeans throughout the century from the plagues to hygiene and cleanliness during the Black Plague.

I could tell you the history, but that would be boring.

That’s how the Robin Hood movie begins so don’t expect a fully historically accurate piece. This is true that the Moors have been left out of history one too many times, and black historians have resurrected the truth of African, Arab and European history through the retelling of the Moor's story.

If you are wondering what does Moor mean? It is a black man of African descent or better specifically defined as:  "A member of a north-western African Muslim people of mixed Berber and Arab descent. In the 8th century, they conquered the Iberian Peninsula but were finally driven out of their last stronghold in Granada at the end of the 15th century".

In a Shakespearean play called Othello, he was a Moor, that won Desdemona's heart. I recommend that also a worth watch.

His name in the movie was Yahya ibn Umar a truly complicated name, as English people do. Robin made it easier for himself as British people do, he was known throughout the rest of the movie as Little John how convenient.

We are introduced to him as part of the Arabian stowaways.  The Moor otherwise known as Little John played by Jamie Foxx in Robin Hood spoke with poetic nostalgic tongue and was full of African style proverbs that brings me to decolonial Afrocentric thinking.

At the very beginning of the movie, The Moor (Jamie Foxx) had his had cut, but it didn't handicap his performance. To me, he was the star. He was a maverick a trickster somewhat of the demi-God Loki in Avengers. Some roles pull the strings and he pulled the strings of Robin Hood's ascent throughout the movie.

The visuals of the movie were fantastic, with intense fast action pumped fight scenes. It was well directed with character depth in three of the main characters, the Sheriff, Little John and Robin Hood. They all played their roles in a harmonious blend which allowed me as the viewer to follow each character story.

I found the movie was like a roller coaster at the Hollywood theme park. The music played its purpose well and truly. It was a stoic reminder of what perhaps the lived to experience the time in which Robin Hood was an infamous thief, but then vibes of the modern time we live within now.

I don't want to say too much more.

"Fear is the greatest weapon in God's arsenal, it is why the Church created hell"

This director and script writer are woke! the consciousness spoke in that line and told us about the current state of contemporary Christianity. I don't even believe either the director or scriptwriter were black. However, in my own review of that movie, I related this to the current black experience in social justice times.  Woke tells us of the black story in the search for ourselves. from the diet, religion, lifestyle and so much more such as spirituality and yet we find ourselves in religious settings and none more so than the Church. The church works as a crucial component in a lot of black people’s lives, but this caused me to question my own self. It could be argue this film is written from an anti-Christian standpoint perhaps? The Crusades were mentioned in its entirety and that needed a further exploring seeing the Arabian presence in the film.

Due to the nature of the Blacpire magazine, specifically tailored to those interested in black culture, I recommend a little research to take away from this as in my attempt writing this, I wanted to blend a merge history with the contemporary black narrative in finding our history.

I am linking an article here from the BBC providing us with a brief but concise timeline of the Moor presence in England.

I thank you for taking the time to read my review and I truly hope you have enjoyed.