THE ADVENTURES OF MAID MARIAN (2022) Reviews of Robin Hood spin-off

  

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‘This is her story’
The Adventures of Maid Marian is a 2022 British action film about her attempts to keep Robin Hood alive after the pair are ambushed.

Written, directed and co-produced by Bill Thomas (The Three Musketeers; Lockdown Kings; Fallen Soldiers). Also produced by Jeet Thakrar, Lucinda Rhodes Thakrar, Bill Thomas and David Underwood.

The Picture Perfect production stars Sophie Craig, Dominic Andersen, Lainy Boyle, Jennifer Matter, Bob Cryer, James Groom, Alexander Jeremy, Roland Stone, Gerard Cooke, Danny Husbands, Jon Lee Pellet and Harry Harrold.

Plot:
After three years of hiding in a remote priory, news reaches Marian that King Richard the Lionheart is dead. Her lover Robin Hood is returning from the wars. Leaving her sanctuary she hurries to meet him but they discover all is not as it seems. William De Wendenal, the disgraced Sheriff of Nottingham, has returned from exile and is out for revenge.

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Ambushed, Marian and Robin fight for their lives and escape, but Robin is badly injured. Deep in the forest and miles from help and hounded by ruthless mercenaries, Marian must use all the skills at her disposal to keep Robin alive and get him to safety…

Our view:
“Sophie Craig is ok in the lead role yet hardly exudes heroine. The Adventures of Maid Marion reveals its low budget often with some amusingly anachronistic dialogue and yet it’s generally good fun. There are some splendid Olde England settings that add value, despite the drone shots of would-be Sherwood Forest. The worst element of the film is undoubtedly a woefully miscast Robin Hood because Dominic Andersen seems too much a pretty boy and too young to boot.

Other reviews:

“There are one or two nice double-crosses along the way, but The Adventures of Maid Marion falls pretty flat, the fault perhaps of resources stretched too thin. The script throws in the odd “begone!” but is almost comically unmedieval– there’s even a blasphemous nun: “Jesus, Matilda!” And pity the poor unprotected peasants of Nottingham: they barely get a look in.” The Guardian

Release:
In the UK, Signature Entertainment released The Adventures of Maid Marian on Digital platforms on May 9, 2022. Rent or buy via Amazon.co.uk
In the US, Quiver Distribution will release the film on a date to be announced.

Cast and characters:
Sophie Craig … Marian
Dominic Andersen … Robin Hood
Lainy Boyle … Sister Agnes
Jennifer Matter … Prioress Elizabeth
Bob Cryer … The Sheriff of Nottingham
James Groom … King John
Alexander Jeremy … Dain
Roland Stone … Abbot Eustace
Gerard Cooke … Warden Tyler
Danny Husbands … Baron William De Lech
Alex Bevan … The King’s Messenger
Christopher Puttock … Thug
Jon Lee Pellet … Little John
James Dance … Simon de Beleseme
Emily Windham … Sister Mary
Harry Harrold … Friar Tuck
Adam Benwell … Guy of Guisborne
Sarah Tully … Sister Gaynor
Andy ‘Django’ Nutall … Weapon Smith
Robin Gould … King Richard the Lionheart
Ollie Clark … The King’s Messenger

Technical details:
1 hour 22 minutes
Aspect ratio: 2.35 : 1

Trailer [1080p HD]:

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