Thanks for your help, Lily!
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.
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.
La decepción acompañó a esta esperada revisión del mito a cargo del tándem Ridley Scott/Russel Crowe, que tan buenos ratos había deparado.
Estamos ante una película competente y magníficamente bien rodada, que hará pasar al espectador un rato sin duda agradable y entretenido, pero a la que parece faltarle más de un hervor para resultar vibrante, en consonancia con lo que el público esperaba de ella.
Si a eso sumamos que Robin Hood ya había dado lugar a un puñado de buenas películas, cabe preguntarse si esta nueva aparición en los cines era realmente necesaria.
Probably the best Hood I've seen. The camerawork is fantastic. It's a feast for the eyes to see. And it's great storytelling too.
Robin Hood Begins
And still, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves remains the gold standard.
Part of Ridley Scott Marathon
Not as good as it was on the first viewing. Still it was entertaining and had plenty of enjoyable action.
Crowe did a decent job but was no Kevin Costner.
Although this wasn't as cheesy as Prince of Thieves I still prefer the cheese.
Good enjoyable movie though
This movie tricked me so hard. The first 10 minutes is just dudes getting shot in the face with arrows and being burned alive and then the remaining 2 hours and 20 minutes are excruciatingly boring.
The movie is a bloated, overly-long mess that spends all of its time trying to look pretty and "epic" and none of its time making you care about characters or situations. In other words, it's a Ridley Scott movie.
Vērienīgas filmas par vēsturi (bez pamatīgas fantastikas piedevām) ir viena no manām vājībām. Šī versija nav perfekta Robina Huda ekranizācija, taču tā ir vērienīga. Iespējams pat vērienīgākā no visām.
Robin Longstride is just your average serf who happens to be a rather talented archer fighting for King Richard the Lionheart in the Crusades in the Palestine area. When Godfrey, who has allied himself with the French, plots to assassinate King Richard it seems like a plan that should word, that is, until Richard is killed in battle. Later, Robin Longstride, at the request of the dying Sir Robert Loxley, swears to return the man's sword to his father, but of course he must take Richard's crown back to London first. When Robin returns to Nottingham to meet Sir Walter Loxley he learns that the man figures it better if he would pretend to be his son. Robin reluctantly becomes…
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