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

Action & Adventure movie directed by Ridley Scott

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Is Robin of the Hood, any bloody good?

  • May 27, 2010
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Robin Hood swashbuckles its way through new territory, hitting the perverbial "refresh" button atop the original story. This is a whole new world folks. Fortunately, the errors don't overthrow an overall decent attempt.

Its been almost a year since my last review. That would be the cue for all of my fellow reviewers to pass me a tissue. Yeah, Im just a dude that likes movies, and my massive following has literally never exhisted, so why mention the fact that it has been a year? Cause I did, and you're still reading, and monkeys can be funny when they sniff their own fingers and pass out. So with that said, back to the review.

I like Russel Crowe. Though he is an infamous briggant, he is still considered one of the best of this generation. A Beautiful Mind, anyone? He plays Locksley (or Longstride) with the conviction one would expect, though he seems to be having more fun with the absurdity of his predicaments than literally responding them in character. Also, Im not one of these "Sylvester Stallone shouldn't make another Rambo because he is an old fart" types, but for a foundational precursor story about Robin Hood, shouldn't he be a younger lad?

Cate Blanchette is always dependable. Her quiet forcefulness makes her the perfect Maid Marion. Does her character have the chance to evolve realistically into the love interest of Robin? I would argue, no. Though there are several scenes with them together, I never felt their progression developed, but rather it "jumped" forward when necessary. Not completely a flawed relationship, but it felt (to me) somewhat manufactured.

Technically, the casting is inspired across the board. In fact the performances are the reason I didn't push this into the dreaded 2 star category. I want you to see it, if only to watch a bunch of great sacrificial performances save the movie from from itself.

I know friends. This is a "prequel" to Robin Hood. Its not supposed to "develop" as much as "establish." But really folks? Really? I sit back and wonder, was the first hour and 55 minutes necessary if Robin isn't branded an outlaw until the last 5? Does it really matter that he and crew fight the Barbarian Hordes, only to be cast out in a fit of jealousy? And how do the mysterious forest children suddenly go from foe thieves to friendly soldiers? And, isn't this a watered down R rated movie, with the violence carefully placed off-screen and edited 2 frames from sealing the bloody deal - to bring in more kiddies - because they are afraid if they release a movie Gladiator style they won't make their money back - and in turn have created a movie filled with battle scenes that are not suitable for kids or adults? (I love run-ons)

In passing I will disagree with many reviewers who felt it was too dark with little humor, as compared to the original Errol Flynn masterpiece. Wrong. I went in expecting Schindlers Sherwood, and pleasantly discovered that there are many funny moments to be found.

I almost never take the time to SPELL out plots, and I'm not going to here. I liked Robin Hood, and I could have (as I have done with countless movies) turned off the ol' brain and had fun. But, it's Robin Hood folks! Should I really have to?

PS - Seems negative for a three star review, huh? Well, the purpose of this review it to place a grain of salt in your hand to take during the show, at any point you deem necessary. If you let your mind wander a minute, you will.

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review by . May 15, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
3 ½ Stars:
   I have to admit that I am a fan of Ridley Scott. So when the multi-award winning director of films such as “Alien”, the underrated “Kingdom of Heaven” (the director’s cut is one of the best films I’ve ever seen), and the harrowing war epic “Black Hawk Down” was directing a film based on the legend of “Robin Hood”; of course I was excited. This film is a reunion of sorts for Scott and award-winning actor Russell Crowe after …
review by . November 21, 2010
Ridley Scott's 'Robin Hood' is an action-filled masterpiece, but it's an achievement lacking in the heart of "merry men,' and the spirit of Robin Hood. Every shot is expertly framed, a stunning sight kept up for over two hours. The fight and chase scenes are nearly flawlessly shot and choreographed, but the story gets lost in too much action without the color and fervor of characterization to back it up. Cate Blanchett and Max Von Sydow's sunset performance frame what is lacking: Mostly the film …
review by . May 12, 2010
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review by . July 28, 2010
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review by . June 02, 2011
This film adds some truth to the ancient legend and turns Robin into a hood (crook)
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review by . March 15, 2011
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review by . May 14, 2010
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Quick Tip by . November 16, 2010
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review by . July 10, 2010
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review by . May 22, 2010
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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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