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Robin Hood (Single-Disc Unrated Director's Cut)

Action & Adventure movie directed by Ridley Scott

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I Need a Hero

  • Jul 28, 2010
Rating:
+2

Had there never been a Braveheart or Gladiator, Robin Hood probably would have been a much better film. Unfortunately for the producers -- and the viewers -- this film tried to live up to its similar epics but fell short.

An old story with a new twist, a prequel of sorts, Robin Hood (portrayed by Russell Crowe) attempts to tell how the legend began. Crowe's character was similar to his role in Gladiator -- a war hero who was betrayed by his country's leaders who turns simply into a survivor. In Gladiator, the fact that he simply was able to survive turned him into a hero. The same concept was applied to Robin Hood, but it did not work.

Robin Hood is supposed to be a hero. However, in this film he was just running away from corrupt government, hiding out in a strange village, pretending to be someone he was not, all because he had nowhere else to go and nothing else to do. His group of "Merry Men" came along for the ride because, frankly, they had nothing better to do either.

By the end of the film there began to be some valor, in my opinion it was too little too late. By that point I had suffered through at least two hours of not caring. That was the film's main problem -- I didn't get to know the one-dimensional characters, and I didn't necessarily want to.  

I left the theater sad that I'd wasted 2.5 hours and the 75 cent cost of admission.

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July 30, 2010
75 cents?? What a deal! Good write-up. Did you ever watch Erroll Flynn's Robin Hood?
July 30, 2010
There's a "second hand" theater here, or whatever they're called. Movies that just left the main theaters but haven't made it to video yet. 75 cents for the matinee. $1.00 rest of the time. Best deal in town. I own the Erroll Flynn version but haven't watched it. Will try to do that soon.
 
July 30, 2010
Ick, sounds disappointing! I'll always prefer Men in Tights. Thanks for the heads up on this, Allison!
July 30, 2010
Men in Tights is cute but is a parody actually. I liked how MIT made fun of the Kevin Costner film. Real swashbuckling adventure is with Errol Flynn's Robin Hood (which I coincidentally reviewed here on Lunch). :)
July 30, 2010
Yeah, that's why I love it so much ;) I've yet to see the classic though! Will read your review :)
 
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review by . June 02, 2011
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Quick Tip by . November 16, 2010
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I can't say that I was at all impressed by this film. I've enjoyed a number of Ridley Scott's films in the past, but his current phase of making epic historical action films isn't that appealing. Part of the issue I have here is with the cast. Though all of the actors in the major roles are talented, they all feel terribly miscast. In addition, the film's attempts to take current sociopolitical issues and transplant them into Medieval times creates numerous contradictions and …
review by . July 10, 2010
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Everyone knows the traditional story of Robin Hood. Take from the rich and give to the poor, but the movie done by Ridley Scott starring Russell Crowe is a completely different take on this old English legend. Not only are Scott and Crowe and awesome combination of film making, but I really liked the idea that they gave Robin Hood a whole new spin which was surprising because when I first heard that they were doing another Robin Hood movie, one would think that it has just been way over done. It …
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review by . September 17, 2010
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      Robin Hood is the pre-story...the story of Robin Hood's journey to his calling.      Fans of epic, war or love stories should end up liking the introductory Robin Hood (and his merry men) as much as I did, though. And I would like to see a sequel with the telling of the classic Robin Hood story and there was a nice set up for that to happen.      Marion and Robin's storyline is sweet and should satisfy women who detest "guy" …
Quick Tip by . November 02, 2010
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excellent film, kept me entertained through its very loooong run time!
Quick Tip by . May 21, 2010
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An intense, gritty, intelligent epic adventure film that gives viewers the story of his origins and how the legend began.
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Cast aside all notions of men in tights: Ridley Scott'sRobin Hoodis decidedly earthier and more grown-up than most romps through Sherwood Forest. The presence of the over-40 Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett cinches the deal, lending a dose of worldliness to a project that means to be about the origins of the famous character, who in this incarnation was evidently a late bloomer. Robin Longstride (that's his name before he started wearing a hood) is just returned from a 10-year jaunt in the Crusades when he loses his king (Danny Huston as Richard the Lionheart) and his job. Back in England, Robin folds himself neatly into a Nottingham family, where a grieving widow named Marion (Blanchett) and her father-in-law (Max von Sydow) hardly care that he doesn't much resemble their own departed warrior. But the merry men and their famous sideline will have to wait: except for one bit of robbing from the rich (i.e., the greedy government of King John) and giving to the poor, this movie is more concerned with creating a portrait of the royal intrigue that went into creating Robin Hood than in detailing the high jinks of the Nottingham outlaws. And that's not a bad thing, because althoughRobin Hoodlacks the mechanical action beats that distinguish most films of its scale, it creates an engrossing story line around its political chess playing (outlined by screenwriter Brian Helgeland and apparently a few others). Crowe is in reliable crusty-tender form and Blanchett ...
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Director: Ridley Scott
DVD Release Date: September 21, 2010
Runtime: 156 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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