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Rise and rise again, until lambs become lions.
When soldier Robin happens upon the dying Robert of Loxley, he promises to return the man's sword to his family in Nottingham. There, he assumes Robert's identity; romances his widow, Marion; and draws the ire of the town's sheriff and King John's henchman, Godfrey.
There is no real historical or linguistic concensus on whether or not Robin Hood really existed, at least not in the way he was portrayed in early writings and in film versions. So, filmmakers can work with a blank canvas to paint their version of this 12th century Good Samaritan. And Scott's version tries to be as historically accurate as possible.
And apparently history is boring as hell.
While I appreciate a completely new approach to this character and it is difficult to fault Scott's aesthetics here, I truly cannot understand why they chose to still fall back on so many of the fictionalized elements made famous in various earlier interpretations.
Most of the versions of Robin Hood have one…
Robin Hood in Cinema Entry #27
"Rise and rise again, until lambs become lions".
What fascinates me about Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood is how the film started out as the inventive script titled “Nottingham”. The film would have starred the Sheriff of Nottingham as the protagonist trying to catch a serial killer and chasing an antagonistic, but ultimately innocent Robin Hood. What particularly interests me is that the film would have showcased the sheriff using actual 12th century crime solving techniques. But for whatever reason multiple rewrites were made and as a result the public got a completely different film. For a more in depth look read the Cracked Article 6 Famously Terrible Movies That Were Almost Awesome. It’s very…
Looks like Russell Crowe is trying to rekindle the Maximus magic of Gladiator. I know people who hate the version with Kevin Costner, but its one of my all time favorites. The characters here are so unremarkable while lacking any memorable dialogue. Singing in a Robin Hood movie? Really? William Hurt is a great actor, but I don't even remember his character's name. Instead of Robin Hood's merry men we are graced with the Children of The Corn. Why were there children fighting? One of my favorite bad guys(the sheriff) is reduced to a punch line.
There were some things I liked even if they were minimal. Showing the various locations made the world of the film seem larger. Marion's character was a lot stronger than other versions and I liked that even if it was very unrealistic.
I'm going to watch the Costner version to remind me that there is a good version.
To misquote Oscar Wilde 'The only horrible thing in the world is ennui, Ridley. That is the one sin for which there is no forgiveness'.
i.e. feck this was boring
Everyone has a favorite version of one of the many Robin Hood adaptations that have hit the big screen. We've had Errol Flynn and those tights back in 1938, the revisionist take of Richard Lester's Robin and Marian in the seventies, Disney's cunning little animated fox in 1973, and even Kevin Costner sporting a mullet in 1991's Prince Of Thieves. Sir Ridley Scott's version from 2010 however doesn't seem to be anyone's favorite take on the infamous folk hero, but it's still an impressive piece of film-making.
The legend of Robin Hood is a well loved English myth. Historically the tales of Robin Hood are mere speculation, unless you're actually from Nottingham. Several different historical figures have been painted as…
It's the prequel to the story of Robin Hood nobody wanted to see. It is a humourless bore of a film with poor performances from all but the ever reliable, Max Von Sydow. I really have no idea what accent Crowe was aiming for but he managed to pretty much do a whistle stop tour of every regional accent in Britain throughout the course of the film. I don't mind revising a classic legend, and I was hoping it would provide an intriguing twist to the mix, but instead it just got the film bogged down in pointless politics with a bunch of characters it was impossible to care about.
They have removed all the fun of a traditional Robin…
Ridley Scott nos traz uma história diferente, que serve como prólogo da lenda do Robin Hood! A parte técnica é realmente o destaque do filme, com fotografias incríveis, tanto das paisagens como das batalhas!! O filme tem um ritmo muito bom, e ao contrário dos filmes épicos atuais, não abusa de computação gráfica, utilizando muitos efeitos práticos e vários atores verdadeiros, dando um tom muito mais real ao filme! Destaque também para atuação de Russell Crowe, que conseguiu fazer um Robin Hood na mesma identidade do filme, mais obscuro, sangrento e menos simpático. Nas partes negativas, destaca-se o fato do filme ser mais longo que o necessário, o amor do casal principal que não convence ninguém e a história que…
I think part of the reason that I did not fully enjoy this was that I have never appreciated Russel Crowe as an actor. I have yet to see a film where I entertained his performance. The film was also very slow going up until the battle scenes near the end, which seemed to appear very suddenly.
There's a whole spate of big budget films from 2010-ish that don't make sense because of the writers' strike. I would add this to Quantum of Solace, Tron Legacy, and Iron Man 2.
"Doesn't make sense" is probably harsh. The characters' motivations, at least in the elongated director's cut, are consistent, and everything checks out plot-wise. But to paraphrase Jonathan Rosenbaum, this is a good example of when detail is not the same thing as depth. The sequel that never got made, in which King John hunts down Robin Hood's utopian Thunderdome of orphans, is way more interesting than the minutiae of how Robin Longstride took the name of Robin of Loxley. I hate to be reductive, but I think…
While this film is certainly action packed, it is not my favorite Robin Hood adaptation. It is very much a case of Hollywood tweaking the story to allow for more drama, more action, more explosions, etc. This film tries so hard to be everything all at once in terms of genre, it is a period piece, an action film, a romance film, a story of redemption, a story of rebellion, etc. and it all just seems too much. There are many embellishments to the story that it is hard to consider it a Robin Hood legend, because really the only things accurate to the legend are the names of the characters and the fact that Russell Crowe is an archer. An okay movie, but not the best and certainly not the best Robin Hood.
It's quite an achievement for a director to turn in a mess as big as this one. Especially when you are the director who made Alien and Blade Runner, two of the most widely acclaimed films of all time. Cate Blanchett is doing a fine job as a feminist incarnation of Lady Marion, and Max von Sydow is dependable as ever and deserves our deepest respect. Other than that, there isn't much about this movie that doesn't completely suck. There are the usual errors that only intellectuals care about - such as trying to add a touch of verisimilitude by having the English characters speak English, and the French speak French, not taking into account that neither language sounded anything…
Whether this ever really happened is completely irrelevant. It's simply a decent action movie. I'm not too keen on the childish humor that occasionally seeps through though. Cate Blanchett hasn't looked this beautiful ever I reckon. And Max von Sydow is his usual distinguished self. But the grand finale is really too much.
It was pretty good, I guess. I am not extremely familiar with Robin Hood's story and I haven't watched any other Robin Hood films before so there's really nothing I can compare this with. I was just happy to see some of my faves: Cate Blanchett, Mark Strong and the bae Oscar Isaac. I was surprised that Léa Seydoux was in this, too.
I am here for Oscar Isaac, Cate Blanchett and her dogs.
Interesting spin on the usual story of Sherwood Forest. Russell Crowe is almost always watchable.
All the films that I've seen from Alien director Ridley Scott. Will be constantly updated as his movies are watched,…