MOVIE REVIEW: Robin Hood

Robin Hood. He has been played by Sean Connery. He has been played by Kevin Costner. He has been played by a Disney character. He has even been played by Cary Elwes, who emphasized the importance of men wearing tights. All are original in their own right but also rather dependable of having the same plot line. So when I heard that Ridley Scott was teaming up with Russell Crowe for another reincarnation of Sherwood Forrest’s hero (simply titled Robin Hood) I thought to myself, “Huh, same old story…just with more gruesome deaths.” I was wrong….well, partially wrong.

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The setting is twelfth century England and an archer by the name of Robin Longstride is fighting the French. Richard the Lionheart has been killed in battle and Robin (with Alan A’Dale, Will Scarlett, and Little John) decide that they should book it out of France while they have the chance. While heading for the coast the four men come upon an ambush that was perpetrated by English knight turned traitor Sir Godfrey (Mark Strong). Using the knight uniforms of their dead brethren, The four men catch a ride back to England, deliver Richard’s crown to his inexperienced brother King John (Oscar Issac).

After arriving in England, Robin and the boys decide to go to Nottingham to fulfill a promise Robin made to one of the ambushed knights named Loxley. When Robin arrives to return the knights sword to the head of the Loxley household, he is met with an odd request: for Robin to pretend that he is his son. Robin agrees to this, much to the disdain of the widow of the fallen Loxley, Lady Marion (Cate Blanchett). She does not trust Robin at first, but like all good stories she begins to slowly fall in love with him.

While this stereotypical love fest is going, Sir Godfrey is going around the English countryside, raising taxes and waging war on the towns. When Sir Godfrey makes his way to Sherwood Forrest, this infuriates Robin. So what is left to do? BATTLE!

I feel I should tell you at this time that the original script for this film was far more interesting than the package we get. It was going to be called Nottingham, and it would have followed Russell Crowe as the Sheriff of Nottingham. This would have made this film possibly great. Instead, we get a long, sometimes confusing prequel. But I am not saying you should skip it.

There are some good performance here. Russell Crowe excels as the angry, brooding Robin. There are also some recognizable faces, such as Mark Addy as Friar Tuck and Scott Grimes as Will Scarlet. But the best performance goes to Cate Blanchett as the tough-as-nails Lady Marion. She speaks her lines with professional precision.

I loved that this film was a prequel. It is so nice to move away from the same old ‘Prince of Thieves’ story line we get with every other Hood film. Not to mention that it is done through the vision of Ridley Scott. The battle scenes are beautiful and big and exciting. But if you’re looking or expecting a blood bath like in Gladiator, then you came to the wrong movie. I’m not saying there isn’t any gruesome deaths but it is not a blood fest either. This makes for a fun, good time thrill ride.

There were some obvious flaws after seeing this film. One it is the nearly two and a half hour-long time line. It’s just too much that could have been trimmed down. And not to mention the muddled and confusing plot line at times. There is so much going in the first forty minutes that you hardly know what is going on.

I cannot really say for you to skip this rebirth of Robin Hood.  But I cannot exactly tell you to spent nearly ten dollars on it either.

VERDICT: RENT IT!

*Special thanks to my cousin Scott for seeing this with me.

What did you think of Ridley Scott’s Hood? Was it good or bad? Was it better than the past films or not? Leave comments and opinions below.

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2 Responses to “MOVIE REVIEW: Robin Hood”

  1. awesome… but slow

  2. Kevin Entrekin Says:

    Very much agree. Some scenes just seemed to go on and on.

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