Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Movie Review: Robin Hood 2010
A Serious Prequel to the Famous Myth
I was pleasantly surprised by this film. I had no idea it would be a prequel to the famous tales we all know about the Prince of Thieves and his merry band of followers. There is a Little John, played by the guy from Lost:
(It's good to see him as a good guy for once!)
And a friar. But at the beginning of the movie, they haven't met. King Richard has died in battle, and his army is regrouping after fighting in the Crusades. England is a turbulent place with high debts and towns that can't afford to pay their taxes. The new King is a selfish, arrogant man, and he's taking the bad advice of a French spy to run his country.
There is no "merry" in this adaptation. In fact, this is the most historically accurate of all the movies. Be prepared: Robin Hood doesn't wear tights. I repeat: no tights. Russell Crowe is a tough and believable Robin Hood, but just a little too old and fuddy-duddy to be heroically handsome in my opinion.
My favorite character was Maid Marion, played by the elegant Cate Blanchett
She has a great scene with a bow at the beginning, and I just know from then out she's going to kick butt.
The story itself is well put together, and the fighting scenes are artfully shot. If you don't mind violence, and are looking for a serious retelling of the events leading up to the making of Robin Hood, then you'll enjoy this movie.