If you owned your very own movie theater and got to program the films it exhibited as you desired, what…
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.
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.
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…
Generally I like films based around the legend of Robin Hood, but this one is extremely poor, with a past-prime Russell Crowe wildly trying to fix on a regional accent somewhere within the British Isles, and Cate Blanchett wasting her time as Marian.
A tedious, boring, badly-written, lazily-directed, miscast farrago in which only Max Von Sydow shines (and that's because he always does, in the lamest of material).
Boring, dull, historical revisionism (and I'm not even talking about "Robin Hood"), and pointless, also, it seems to be trying to be some sort of idiotic 'origin story' but ultimately fails at everything. I give this movie THE FINGER.
4/10: Another Robin Hood adaptation that reveals more about his past and background. Getting 2 Aussies to play the lead roles are plain poor casting and oh yeah, Ridley, the long running time does not necessary make an epic. Ridley Scott you have failed.
This one's interesting because it's a historical epic that's at least partially a response to established myth. Theoretically interesting, at least. More soon, at Esquire.
My review -- this film is now on DVD and this film had great success at the box office roughly $161 million profit. I feel it should be noted on the top of this review, that I found this film difficult viewing, because it has massive tempo issues, one minute it is really quick and nicely spaced out and the next minute it is dull and lifeless, but the transitional stages between these two gears takes an eternity, which means in a nutshell as this film is a long film [roughly 140 minutes] as viewers you will feel every minute. I have so many other niggling issues with this project and the list is as follows -- at the beginning…
As far as ROBIN HOOD BEGINS movies go, this is a good one. For some reason it felt like Ridley Scott phoned in his directing. And Crowe seemed on a similar autopilot. Maybe it was the material. But it was a good tale and while the action was sparse, it was entertaining, not the complete bore that the trailers mistakenly sell. The finale was obviously butchered in the cutting room, and while there is now a Director's Cut on shelves, I couldn’t care less. The KINGDOM OF HEAVEN Director's Cut? I was there in a second, but this? ... hell no. I’ll only return to this saga if Scott makes THE DARK HOODED KNIGHT.
-...και τι χρειαζόμαστε στην τελική?'Εναν Ρομπέν των Δασών ασούμε να τιμωρήσει όλα τα λαμόγια και τα κλεφτρόνια που μας κατάντησαν έτσι...
-Εδώ στην επόμενη γωνία με αφήνετε.
(ο Mark Strong στο ρόλο του μοχθηρού δολοπλόκου καριόλη που μιλάει μάλιστα και γαλλικά comme un petit Dieu, είναι απόλαυση)
A good cast with a great story, the movie is pretty good but some aspects let the movie down greatly, growing up and watching other stories based on the legendary Robin Hood the Lady Marion was always attractive and 'defenseless' but in this movie she is unattractive and actually stands up to the sheriff and fights in the battle against the French.
Weirdly this movie is pretty much a sequel to Kingdom of Heaven when you think about it and that is definitely the best light to watch it in. Think about everything that happened in Kingdom of Heaven, think of the Richard Lionheart that shows up at the end of that film as the same when that opens this film and have all of this take place in the same universe and it becomes both more enjoyable and more coherent. The one problem is the final battle when Marion shows up but that is a minor grievance in an otherwise excellent film.
I fell asleep in the theater. I don't remember why I wanted to see Robin Hood in the first place.
- The Hunger
- Fright Night
- Near Dark
- The Lost Boys
- Blade Runner
- Black Hawk Down
Sir Ridley Scott, you're up. 3 vote limit. Deadline is March 23. Next poll will be Wes Anderson (but I'm…
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- Dead Man
Thanks for your help, Lily!