Robin Hood movie review

robin hood 2010 Russell CroweRidley Scott‘s version of Robin Hood (starring Russell Crowe in the title role) was released yesterday (September 20, 2010) on Blu Ray Disc and DVD.  Why is Ray Blue, you ask? Ray probably didn’t like Robin Hood, like over half of the people who saw it.  (that’s an awful pun, I’m ashamed of myself.)

I won’t bother you with a summary of Robin Hood.  Suffice to say that this Robin Hood movie’s approach is to tell you a story that seems to link the traditional Robin Hood characters together through coincidence.  This movie functions primarily as an origin movie in a much more concise way than Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, which moved through the origin and established the character as the outlaw of Sherwood Forest within the first act, while this version of Robin Hood doesn’t state this until the very end of the film – oh, and it was a HUGE MISTAKE to put that moment in the trailer; in the movie itself, it’s actually a well realized scene that works, but in the trailer, it just seems pretentious.

Characters you may be expecting to play a central roll, such as Mark Addy as Friar Tuck, Matthew Macfadyen as the Sheriff of NottinghamKevin Durand as Little John or Scott Grimes as Will Scarlet – sorry, these characters are in the movie, but barely.  I think the most disappointing notion this version of Robin Hood asks you to swallow is that the Sheriff of Nottingham is a peripheral foul.  Cate Blanchett as Lady Marian, however, is up front and center, and she turns in a great performance like always.

The takeaway is that Robin Hood is a decent enough movie, but it doesn’t necessarily need to be a Robin Hood movie.  The movie flows well, the acting, sets and locations are amazing and the story is believable enough.  It’s grittier than most Robin Hood movies (unless you consider the rape humor in Prince of Thieves gritty like i do – see various gags here), and I’ve even seen it labeled as depressing in reviews.  The thing is, it’s a war movie; Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood has almost as much in common with Saving Private Ryan as it does with Prince of Thieves.

It’s the movie’s biggest drawback – and it’s biggest strength.

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