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Robin Hood (2010) review


“The laws of this land, enslave people to it’s king. A king that offers nothing in return.” If you have watched 1938’s “ The Adventures of Robin Hood” starring Errol Flynn (my absolute favorite version of the rogue hero) you know that Flynn said basically the same thing as Russell Crowe’s Robin in director Ridley (Gladiator) Scott’s adaptation of the popular saga. It’s over 70 years later and Brian Helgeland has  scripted a prequel covering the years before Robin was officially declared an outlaw. It allows Cate Blanchett to transform Olivia DeHavillnd’s charming  Maid Marian into a bold warrior while Mark Strong replaces Basil Rathbone’s Sir Guy of Gisbourne with an equally bad, if not worse ,Sir Godfrey.

Robin Longstride is a skillful archer, swordsman and loyal to his King, Richard the Lionhearted (Danny Huston) despite his “slight” disagreement with him about the crusades against the French. When Richard suffers a fatal blow, Robin and his co-horts manage  to return his crown to England and to the rightful heir, Prince John. Unfortunately, John is nothing like his brother Richard and sends his right hand Sir Godfrey to collect exorbitant taxes across the country, causing Robin to take a stand against the new king.

Academy award winners Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett have that exquisite chemistry reminiscent of Flynn and DeHavilland; the only difference being that Blanchett’s Marian is considerably more feminist. Both portray their respective roles as you expect, falling for each other gradually. The intensity of emotions is only surpassed by their quest for a free England. Of course it’s not all serious, the playful banter between them will definitely have you smiling and laughing occasionally.

Bringing everything together amidst an appropriate background score is Marc Streitenfeld who seems to have become Ridley Scott’s court composer. Robin Hood is his fourth collaboration with Scott and sports a sweeping  originality to a centuries old legend on par with the movie without being totally overwhelming to the ears. Various soloists, vocal and instrumental, create a resonant texture that blends perfectly with
Streitenfeld’s  works.

Strong performances from an elite cast including seasoned veteran Max Von Sydow, make this latest incarnation of Loxley one of the best films of the year. Even better than Iron Man 2 (I know I’m being a little bold here). Sir Robin has always been a warrior for justice and Russell Crowe, under the brilliant direction of Ridley Scott envisions him much the same way Mel Gibson envisioned Braveheart.

2 thoughts on “Robin Hood (2010) review”

  1. I, respectfully of course, couldn’t disagree more with this review. The excitement and anticipation for this movie was overwhelming for me. Having loved Scott’s previous work, including Body of Lies, American Gangster, Kingdom of Heaven, and of course Gladiator. Robin Hood brought nothing but dissapointment to my viewing. Scott did a very poor job of informing his audience, and developing his characters. The back and forth traveling left movie-goers everywhere feeling like they needed a degree in English and French history to understand the full storyline that was very poorly displayed. The dialogue was weak and way too drawn out. This two and a half hour failure had me begging for the credits to start rolling about halfway through. The only aspect that kept this movie afloat was Crowe’s performance. Russell produced, as he always does, but aside from that, I haven’t been more let down by a movie in a long time. However, if we are going to take away anything positive from this film, it is that the ending suggested that Ridley will have another shot at the story that is Robin Hood. Hopefully, if developed, he can get it right this time. I think this film is the furthest thing from picture of the year, and will be scocked if it even gets nominated at all. 1 out of 5

  2. I actually found this movie to be decent, at best. Just like tough2impress I went into this movie with high expectations with the director, Ridley Scott, and Russelle Crowe, but left dissapointed. The villians in the movie were odd and under developed and the pacing of the movie was very eratic, were it would go from a short intense scene to a long, dragged on scene with mostly just talking about backstory that wasn’t all that interesting or important to the plot. Speaking of the plot, I thought it was relatively bare and predictable but then again I don’t know how historical it was trying to be. However one thing I really like was the ending, leading up to the Robin Hood classic that we all know and love today.

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