Sean Connery, John Cleese, Kevin Costner, Cary Elwes, Errol Flynn, even an animated fox and Daffy Duck have all donned the tights and the name of “Robin Hood.” Now add to this list of distinguished actors: Russell Crowe.
For those of you expecting a Gladiator 2 of sorts (same director and main actor), Surprise…it’s not, sort of. While the movie feels like that at times, it is in ways that add to the movie in a positive light. (Similiarities: From an elderly male father figure and a power hungry ruler to battle techniques and inspirational mottos and more).
BUT, for those of you expecting the same ol’ song and dance of the classic Robin Hood tales we know and love, you are also in for a surprise. Ridley Scott concentrates on differentiating his Robin Hood from all others by going even further into the backstory of Robin Hood. This movie could easily be titled “Robin Hood: The Beginning.” Focusing on the history of Robin Hood for the main story of the movie is a gutsy move that may either make the movie more enjoyable, or more disappointing for viewers. Not everyone likes history. 🙂
There are a few significant twists to the traditional order of events of the Robin Hood legend in this movie. The action keeps your attention throughout the movie and the character development is done very well. However, some of the changes made in the storyline take away from the excitement/expectation of what is yet to come. Scott brings in a great cast of characters such as Lady Marian, Little John, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet, and more…and they are done very well by the actors who play them. But, the movie still was missing a lot of the fun and impressive archery shenanigans that we love to see from Robin Hood.
If this movie had been promoted as being a Prequel of sorts to the Robin Hood story, it would have met up to most of my expectations. Great action movie, not traditional Robin Hood. Sets the stage for additional movie to be done. Overall, I liked it, just not as much as I had hoped because I expected the Robin Hood of my youth. Perhaps that’s been played out too much and that is why Scott took the movie in a different direction. Alot like how Superman Returns develops the characters and paves the way for future movies by focusing on getting the foundation laid.
My general synopsis: should’ve been entitled: “Robin Hood: The Real Beginning.”
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The Spider’s Score: 6.5 out of 10 stars “Robin Hood”