Movies Books Music Food Tv Shows Technology Politics Video Games Parenting Fashion Green Living more >

Lunch » Tags » Movies » Reviews » Robin Hood » User review

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

Action & Adventure movie directed by Ridley Scott

< read all 12 reviews

3 1/2 stars: The Rise of a legend....

  • May 22, 2010

For the last 588 years, a legendary story has been passed from generation to generation about a man, a man who stole from the rich and gave to the poor wit not thought to his own actions. This man  is the most legendary of all folklore heroes in fact the most legendary of all heroes he is  the man who inspire  comic book  like Batman, The Spirit  and most notable of them all   The Green Arrow. This man is called Robin Hood   a fabled hero, a legendary archer who gave up his position in the high life to help the less fortunate. However, we do not know that for sure. Many people do believe that an archer who went by the name of Robin Hood did exist while others deny the fact that the man ever did exist and believed him to be nothing more than a folklore tale meant to scare the king's soldiers and the sheriff of Nottingham. Ridley Scott (director of Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Thelma and Louise and Blade Runner) takes the oft-told tale of one man and his band of merry men and how they took on the system, how they became legends. How they took the country of England by storm and made a lasting impression on the history books and time itself this film is the story of that man this film is the origin of "Robin Hood.”




Ridley Scott is a director know  more for his epic adventure films such as "Black Hawk Down(2001), Kingdom of Heaven(2005), Gladiator(2000)  he is also know for dark films such as Thelma  and Louise(1991), Alien(1979) and one of the most influential Science Fiction films of all time "Blade Runner"(1982). Scott is a fantastic director he knows what he wants and he sets out to make it. With "Robin Hood" Scott returns to  what truly made him famous  epic adventure films "Robin Hood" is a classic medieval war movie wrapped in Scott's typical grit and violent style that  has  worked for him so many times before  and has brought in allot of cash for him as well.” Robin Hood" is so much more than just your typical adventure film; in fact, this picture is several type of films rolled into one. It is a love story, a revenge thriller and a war drama all of these different types of genres, or sub-genres as you would like to call them. Are  combined effectively into one to create a daring  new and original vision of the legendary figure  that  only the likes  of Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe could deliver, "Robin Hood" proves that just because  Scott is old doesn't mean he is out.



 I liked the atmosphere of this film  it is soaked in grit, blood and grim  and it gives  the legend of Robin Hood a darker and more  palpable feel  than  the  previous incarnations in the past  it's a rougher and more  gritty   Robin Hood adventure than a mainstream audience is use to but for fans of Scott and Crowe this is  movie heaven(Much like it was for me) but even though I am  massive, massive  fan of both Scott and Crowe it did not affect my opinion of this film at all   it just gave me a reason to see this film.  It is not as silly as most Robin Hood adaptations have been in the past in fact Ridley Scott's interpretation cuts out the silly (which in most films can be called the intermediary) and takes it down a more serious path.  This film is not without its lighthearted moments and to me that lift the mood form the dark and macabre feel of this adventure film giving it just the right touch of comedy mixed in with the action makes this new adaptation of Robin Hood a merry old time.




Russell Crowe  is an actor who is not afraid to try  anything he has taken on almost  all the tough roles from playing a volatile  cop in " L.A. Confidential"  to playing a Roman General  turned Gladiator  in "Gladiator",  to playing a selfish stoke  broker  who  finds love in "A Good Year". Crowe is fearless   and that is why I love his movies he does not hold back on you and gives you his all that is why no matter what Crowe movie you are watching you know you are going to get far better than you would expect. With "Robin Hood" Crowe delivers a performance that is both powerful and commanding, he literally owns the screen. Moreover, if anyone else was in the title role say Orlando Bloom (Kingdom of Heaven, he was reasonably good in that one) this film would fall apart you need someone of Crowe's stature to play a role like this because only he can make it work. With Scott's sharp direction Russell Crowe  and the rest of the cast including Max Von Sydow, Vanessa Redgrave, Gordon Pinsent, Cate Blanchett, William Hurt and a devious and cunning performance from Mark Strong as Sir Godfrey all deliver  strong performance in a film that exceeds all expectations and puts a new, fresh,  gritty and brutal spin on an old legend.




This film is not perfect and it does not pretend to be instead Ridley Scott and his team aim for near-perfection without actually coming close to being perfect. "Robin Hood" is what you would expect from Scott a brutal, vicious and dark medieval war drama with a hint of inspirational meaning thrust into the midst of all the ensuing action. What you can take away form this film is that you  came out entertained and enthralled b y this sprawling epic film that may have less heart that "Gladiator" but more soul than you could ever imagine.   

The Rise of a legend....

What did you think of this review?

Fun to Read
Post a Comment
October 22, 2010
This was better than I thought it would be but it was longer as well. Loved my boy playing Tuck.
January 23, 2011
This to me is the penultimate Robin Hood adventure it is both an origin story and the same old Robin Hood adventure you know and love this was a great return to form for Ridley Scott.
May 23, 2010
good review...I like your enthusiasm on this one. I hope to see the rumored much bloodier directr's cut of this film! Thank you for the review!
May 23, 2010
Thank you and I hope to see the director's cut as well if there is going to be one Scott's director cuts are always better than the theatrical ones . And thank you.
More Robin Hood reviews
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
posted in Movie Hype
Origin stories seem to have been de rigeur in Hollywood in recent years. Putting a fresh spin on an old story is a great way to re-invigorate a franchise and breathe new life into well known characters. So, following movies like Batman Begins, Star Trek and Sherlock Holmes, we now have a new take on Robin Hood, and there's no sign of a mullet or Bryan Adams this time.      Many early reports about this film described it as being "Gladiator with a bow and arrow". That …
review by . July 28, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I Need a Hero
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 …
review by . June 02, 2011
This film adds some truth to the ancient legend and turns Robin into a hood (crook)
Rather than basing this version of Robin Hood on any of the ancient legends about this fictional character, the film makers of this excellent, well acted, and dramatic movie base their totally different version in small part upon actual history. Robin is not the fine, nice, gentleman portrayed in the other films, but a low class expert archer who is a crook with a conscious, who accompanies King Richard on his crusade to Palestine and participates somewhat reluctantly in the king's robberies …
review by . March 15, 2011
I have always loved the story of Robin Hood.  As a little kid Disney's Robin Hood was one of my favorite movies, and since then, it has been added to my wide array of films that have become staples in my film collection.  Robin Hood is one of those characters that seem to captivate young children’s interest and continues to hang on  through adulthood., with classics like the 1938 Errol Flynn The Adventures of Robin Hood, the 1991 Kevin Costner Robin Hood: The Prince of Thieves, …
review by . May 14, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Robin Hood: The Prequel
ROBIN HOOD   Written by Brian Helgeland Directed by Ridley Scott Starring Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Mark Strong, Max Von Sydow and William Hurt      Godfrey (on Nottingham): I’ll make this place famous.    I’ve seen a number of Robin Hood movies.  Who hasn’t?  I haven’t seen them all and I’m sure some people out there have, but even those people haven’t seen Robin Hood in Ridley Scott’s bluish hue before. …
Quick Tip by . November 16, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
review by . September 17, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
      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" …
About the reviewer
C.R. Lopez ()
Ranked #35
Member Since: Nov 6, 2009
Last Login: Jul 7, 2012 09:53 PM UTC
Consider the Source

Use Trust Points to see how much you can rely on this review.

Your ratings:
rate more to improve this
About this movie


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 ...
view wiki


Director: Ridley Scott
DVD Release Date: September 21, 2010
Runtime: 156 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
© 2015 Lunch.com, LLC All Rights Reserved
Lunch.com - Relevant reviews by real people.
This is you!
Ranked #
Last login
Member since