Robin Hood (2010)//
Release date: May 14, 2010
Director: Ridley Scott
Story by: Brian Helgeland, Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris
Screenplay by: Brian Helgeland
Cast: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, William Hurt, Mark Strong
This yearâ€™s Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, directed by Ridley Scott tells â€śthe story behind the legendâ€ť as they put it, by having Robin returning from the crusades led by King Richard â€śThe Lionheart,â€ť who has perished in battle.
Back in England, the newly-crowned King John is on the verge of civil war, and a possible French invasion.
Itâ€™s a fight for FREEDOM!
The story tries to present a lot, from having Robin in the army with his mates, to the return, and his meeting with Lady Marion and Sir Loxley. The plots against the loser King Johnâ€¦ more than halfway into the film, you feel like you have seen very little. Itâ€™s not really boring, itâ€™s just weird, if you think about it. Spending so much time showing you stuff, and feeling like nothing has happened.
The art direction is particularly goodâ€¦ all from set design, to wardrobe. Itâ€™s pretty impressive that way. However, I wished there had been more blood in the battle scenes, but I understand that they wanted to keep it PG-13â€¦ even though I doubt any young people would be attracted to a film with Crowe and Blanchett, over the pleasing Iron Man 2 with Downey Jr. After all, Robin Hood is a pretty gloomy affairâ€¦ so maybe it could have been made as a Rated-R film, and no one would have said anything.
The fact is Robin Hood is a summer blockbuster film, so itâ€™s neither a success nor a stinkâ€¦ but if youâ€™re willing to get past all the wacky history, making fun of Gladiator, Russell Crowe growlâ€¦ then, why not?