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Robin Hood
Thursday, 27 May 2010 15:12

Robin HoodThe reteaming of Ridley Scott with Russell Crowe brings to mind the glory days of Gladiator – a film that made Crowe a bona fide box-office star and gave Scott back his reputation as a visionary director. Tossing the name Robin Hood into the mix sounds like a guarantee of greatness.  Instead this is simply another superhero origins film – a sort of medieval Batman Begins – setting the stage for a sequel.

Robin and his merry menRobin Longstride, an archer in King Richard’s crusades, is tired of barbarism. When the king is slain Robin and his pals seize the opportunity to return to England, winding up in Nottingham where over-taxation has left the villagers in poverty. There he meets Sir Walter Loxley (Max Von Sidow), and the widowed Marion Loxley who stand to lose everything to the Crown. Robin begins to care for these people and a legend who “steals from the rich to give to the poor” is born.

Along with a ruthless new King, England is under threat of insurgencies from within and French invaders, but wso many storylines get muddled and end up forming a very long movie that never quite hits its stride. There are epic battle scenes and some nice dialogue driven scenes but they somehow feel disjointed.

Crowe and BlanchettRussell Crowe is always great in these manly, testosterone driven roles but oddly enough it feels like Maid Marion wears the pants! Cate Blanchett steals her scenes, but this 12th century heroine somehow skipped a few millennia to become a raging feminist. A historically accurate Robin would never put up with her lippy attitude! As for the “Merry Men”, they aren’t given much to do other than live up to their title; drinking, cavorting with women and occasionally lightening the mood with music (courtesy of Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle).

Robin Hood is a good enough costume drama, but it’s no Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

INFOKERNALS:

Directed by Ridley Scott, Starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett.

45 year old Russell Crowe is the oldest actor to play Robin Hood in a movie.

Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea was offered a role in the film due to his music-based friendship with Russell Crowe.