Sir Ridley Scott, you're up. 3 vote limit. Deadline is March 23. Next poll will be Wes Anderson (but I'm…
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…
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
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…
Sir Ridley Scott rarely gets it wrong. The furore that followed Prometheus was quite frankly ludicrous. Unfortunately Sir Rid took it on the chin again for some dodgy accents in this a much maligned but hugely enjoyable epic.
So Russell Crowe struggles with a Yorkshire accent-so what. He has never been good at accents anyway. Did it really spoil the film? I don't think so.
Another terrific cast is assembled by Sir Rid as he brings together the likes of Mark Strong,William Hurt,Kevin Durand,Oscar Isaac and even Max Von Sydow as the elderly Sir Walter Loxley. Mark Addy pops up as Friar Tuck and Danny Huston has a fleeting role as Richard The Lionheart but the star of the show…
I thought this was it. Russell Crowe returning to his old knightly self from Gladiator. But no. I went into the theater to enjoy this action-packed film, but guess what. I fell asleep. I NEVER fall asleep during films. Especially on dat big screen.
So fuck you, Ridley Scott.
But maybe I judged too quickly. So guess what I did. I watched it again. And I still hated it. The action was boring, the story was boring, and the acting was mediocre, and super fucking predictable. Damn you for getting my hopes up. Damn you.
An interesting, unusual and epic take on the story but ultimately I still prefer Kevin Costner or an animated fox. 6/10.
Actually a pretty good yarn, and Crowe's accent isn't as bad as I was led to believe.
When I first saw this film I am pretty sure I hated it. Upon reflection I don't think it should inspire all that ire, it should not inspire much at all. It isn't by any means a great film beyond its look. The actors seem sort of half present, no real chemistry but it does have a sort of languid way of rolling out that isn't all that unappealing if you are looking for something to zone out on. If this film sins it is the sin of banality. Still I didn't hate watching it.
One of the worst films I've ever had the displeasure of seeing. Kevin Costner is awful. I'm sorry, did I say Kevin Costner? I mean "Ol' What's-his-Name Who Used to Act But Now Just Looks Pissed Off All the Time." This film is execrable. There simply are not words to describe how terrible it is, or what an annoying git Russell Crowe has become.
one of the better Robin movies..
Man merkt vielleicht, dass ich gerade auf einem kleinen Schwertkampftrip bin ;). Von den Samurai geht es ins finstere Mittelalter. Hach diese Klischees... aber diese Robin Hood Verfilmung ist tatsächlich finsterer oder zumindest trister ausgefallen, als die berühmte mit Kevin Costner. Das kann man dem Film ankreiden, denn ich bin mir sicher, dass er leicht trocken wirken kann. Mir persönlich hat der etwas realistischere Ansatz aber erstaunlich gut gefallen.
Vor allem wird hier nicht die schon bekannte Robin Hood Geschichte wieder einmal aufgewärmt, sondern es geht um eine Variante, bei der ein normaler Bogenschütze die Identität eines noblen Ritters einnimmt. Wenn Filme bei der Auslegung bekannter Legenden kreativ werden, kann das nach hinten losgehen (siehe King Arthur), aber in diesem…
Ridley's demythifying slant on this time-honored legend extends an excellent cast and a few engrossing and well-rhythmed action sequences, but we never even get to see Robin steal from the rich and give to the poor. One critic said that's because the film is a prequel in search of a sequel. I might have to agree. Still, it's refreshingly tough for a PG-13 action film in this watered-down day and age, and not nearly as frivolous as most Robin Hood film works, not least because it takes seriously the tyrannical nature of medeival economics as a framework for the human revolt of the story's heroes. Not to say it wouldn't be pleasing to see the Brits kick the shit out of the French regardless.
I remember this getting panned when it was released, but it's not half bad.
I always enjoyed this slightly different take on the green tights lad. Two good leads with our Cate especially good as the stoic widow with the hint of firecracker under the long skirt. Requisite sleazy King and Frank Underwood type shenanigans in court. Great battle scenes and a good , if slightly unsatisfactory, ending. Any time the cheese-eating surrender monkeys are sent packing I am happy.
- Blade Runner
- Black Hawk Down
- The Duchess
- A Field in England
- Memories of Matsuko
- Dead Man
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- Young Frankenstein
- High Anxiety
- The Producers
- Blazing Saddles
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