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…
I managed half an hour before I realised I didn't care about French plots on the throne, Mark Strong as yet another bald villain, and Russell Crowe presumably having been possessed by an Irishman pretending to be from Halifax.
Maybe I'll watch it again when I'm off work and drunk. My tolerance will be lower.
Robin Hood is a story that can be taken in so many places. Unfortunately, Ridley Scott goes to none of them.
It was just too long, you don't need to drag certain films out for longer than they even need to be, that's a pet hate I have about movies, don't drag parts out where it is just not needed. Boring anyway before I noticed that so you know, nothing lost and certainly nothing gained.
What might have been an interesting origin story to the beloved legend is lost amid the pointless political drama, nonsensical plot, and painfully out-of-place cry for democracy.
The Ridley Scott adaptation of the many times over told story has something that the other don't have: it's epic and entertaining. That's more than enough, along with the strength of the story itself, to keep the audience invested.
I wanted to like this movie. I'm so used to disagreeing with the critics that the early reviews did not even phase me. Despite those negative reviews, I had high hopes for the dynamic duo of Ridley Scott and Russell Crow. They've made hits in the past, so what the hell went wrong? First off, the dialogue is terrible. Not only is a lot of it unnecessary, but too often I could not even understand what the actors were saying.
Rule number one when doing an accent that is foreign to you: Make sure the fucking audience can decipher what is coming out of your mouth. I love Russell Crow, but my god. Mark Strong on the other hand, he…
Russel Crowe's great but he's stuck in the middle of a boring adaptation.
Though a flawed filmmaker in many ways, I have always been impressed by the epic scale of most of his films on a visual level, and while this film is certainly brimming with amazing production design and the makings of what could have been an alright film, the boring script and the miscast Russell Crowe manage to suck all of the life and fun that exists in the grand tale of Robin Hood.
Within the spectrum of films based on the the Robin Hood legend, there has always been a sense of adventure, energy and fun. In this film instead we have a bloated plot full of overserious performances and a plot that meanders around and utlimately becomes quite tedious in it's attempt to look at the tale in a serious 'what if it was real?' light. Also, Russell Crowe just does not feel right for this role, he is just not dashing enough dammit!
Boring and predictable.
An archer in the army of Richard the Lionheart returns home and becomes the legendary Robin Hood. This movie was slow and really boring. 2010 was a fantastic year for movies and I thought this movie might be good but I was wrong really wrong.
- 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…
- The Duchess
- A Field in England
- Memories of Matsuko
- Dead Man
Thanks for your help, Lily!