I have tried to limit this list to proper period dramas (no animated features or alternate histories) and arrange them…
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…
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.
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…
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…
Ridley Scott is responsible for some of my favourite movies, but he's also put out some real shitshows. To me, this one lands on the better side, but I am aware that it wasn't universally loved. It can be a little long and a little slow, but with a premise and setting that I really enjoy (and some of that Kingdom of Heaven magic), I didn't really mind the slower pace.
Crowe is great at playing Maximus 2.0, but I was really impressed with Oscar Isaac. When I first saw this, I had no idea who he was but over the last few years he's put in some solid performances and now I find myself looking forward to his next thing.
This is precisely my cup of tea.
i expected more cool archery and stealth action from robin
More boring that the most boring Kevin Costner films.
Rewatch on a lazy Sunday.
To be sure: as a Robin Hood movie it's a slog that barely touches on the story elements that make Robin Hood so enjoyable. It's worth noting that most of the Merry Men - never called that - are present in the film, but for the most part do very little as independent characters, and that sucks. It's also worth noting that Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett have the precise opposite of romantic chemistry, the Sheriff of Nottingham is barely present and Mark Strong's Godfrey never really clicks as a villain (and it's Mark Strong, who can do "total bastard" in his sleep, so that's saying something). The plotline about representation and liberty-for-all seems terribly…
One of the most anti-climatic and joyless movies ever. its boring, dumb as hell, and everyone is going through the motions. Ridley butchers the robin hood story and say what you will about the kevin costner robin hood but at least that one tried to have fun.
Almost nothing happens. He trundles along from place to place and then it replicates Gladiator. One time I have ever fallen asleep in the cinema.
This is all very professional, but it feels like a rock band that has been doing the same show and same songs for 20 years and now just goes on stage and repeats what they always do: they know what the audience like, how to keep them reasonably entertained, but it is all very tired. I like outlaw stories, robbing from the rich, giving to the poor...that sort of stuff...but there isn’t much of that here: it’s all about Robin before he became an outlaw. (On the other hand, Robin Hood can be very twee and whatever the limitations of this film, it isn’t twee.) This is all political shenanigans. Richard the Lionheart is on his way back from the…
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