Academy Award' winner Russell Crowe reunites with legendary Gladiator director Ridley Scott for epic action adventure in Robin Hood. Discover the untold story of the man behind the legend as Robin a heroic warrior turns outlaw when he assembles a band of skilled marauders to confront injustice and lead an uprising against a weak and corrupt English King. When the rebellious hero falls for the spirited Lady Marion (Academy Award' winner Cate Blanchett) he must first save her village and then confront a growing storm of threats from near and afar if he is to win her... heart. As Robin and his men answer a call to ever-greater adventure these unlikely heroes set off to battle for their country and return England to glory ... and ride into Legend. [show more]
Right lets start by telling you what this film is not. Its not prince of thieves, theres no Alan rickman threatening to cut peoples hearts out with spoons and no mullet hair styles. Its not like any Errol flynn version of the Robin Hood, no sight of fabric tights or cheesey smiles.
You know this film will be interesting the moment the main character answers a question honestly and ends up in the stocks. And this is where this film shines it illustrates the hiarachy of the peasants and common folk in comparison to the lords, knights and king of England during this period. The main character is called Robin Longstride yes locksley makes a apperance but not a particularly long one. The story is fantastic and illustartes a more historical view point rather than the cheesey versions of the past that have graced the screens.
The acting is top notch as is the casting, costumes settings and the whole film screams class and a love of fine detail. I honestly didnt expect the enjoy the film, i'd seen it on the shelves at tesco and had avoided it. Watched it recently round a friends and was absolutely hooked there are scenes which are truely fantastic coupled with a stunning cast and in total you have a fantastic film.
Russell Crowe is to movies what John McEnroe was to tennis in the 1970s. In an era where everyone plays it boring-safe, says what the PR machine demands they say, does what their managers tell them to do and never, at any time, lets on to the fact that they're human. Russell Crowe has managed to turn being normal into a marketable commodity. Granted, he occasionally oversteps the mark, but there's no bigger movie star in our time and the way things are going, I doubt there will be for some time to come.
Ridley Scott's 'Robin Hood' (the fifth Scott-Crowe collaboration) was met with a hailstorm of middling reviews and a lukewarm reception at the box office. For like Scott's underrated 'Kingdom Of Heaven' (2005), 'Robin Hood' will appeal to fans of historical fiction and De- Mille-esque melodrama. Russell Crowe is Robin Longstride; disillusioned Crusades veteran and expert archer in the now defunct army of King Richard 'The Lionheart' (Danny Huston). Robin returns to an England in turmoil; where political intrigue and decades of imperial misadventures have crushed the peasantry underfoot: A royal conspiracy threatens to facilitate an invasion by France whilst kings, sheriffs and all manner of schemers continue to tax & pummel the masses into dust.
Robin Hood is an often intense, jocoserious, long haul of a picture that courageously grounds the legend in reality: Well acted and expertly shot with an keen eye for detail; Scott's epic actually owes a debt to my favourite Robin Hood adaptation; Richard Lester's 'Robin & Marion' (1976) with Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn. For the emphasis on character and story, though requiring a bit of patience from the audience, is a daring directorial decision which ought to be commended.
Everyone brings their best to the screen: Russell Crowe, despite an accent that traverses the length and breath of England, is excellent as Nottingham's favourite son. John Huston does well as Richard, though it would've made for good trivia had Scott recast Iain Glen (who played Richard in 'Kingdom Of Heaven') in the role. Oscar Issac, looking like a medieval Craig David, is hilariously OTT as the cavalier cad King John whilst the brilliant, ever-reliable Cate Blanchett (a last minute replacement for Sienna Miller--who was deemed too young for the role) effortlessly takes on the mantle of Lady Marian. And though I quite liked her portrayal of the erstwhile maid, attempts to modernise the character only half work, and her participation in the somewhat preposterous 'War orphans of Sherwood' subplot makes little sense. Now since Blanchett's played so many similar roles throughout her career, there is an element of default casting at work here, and it would've made for a nice change to see unlikely, often overlooked, candidates like Sienna Guillory or Natasha Wightman given a chance. In fact, since the hype was always going to be centred on this being 'Gladiator In Tights', I'm surprised Scott didn't ask Connie Neilson back.
Minor editing issues aside, and overlooking the distinct lack of authentic brutality in the battle scenes ('Gladiator' was much more violent) 'Robin Hood' is still a great film. An intricate narrative structure and political machinations may not be everyone's cup of tea, but this is to the Hood cannon what 'Master And Commander' was to the Napoleonic War genre: An original, well paced and exciting epic which hits the mark.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe reunites with legendary Gladiator director Ridley Scott for epic action adventure in Robin Hood. Discover the untold story of the man behind the legend as Robin, a heroic warrior, turns outlaw when he assembles a band of skilled marauders to confront injustice and lead an uprising against a weak and corrupt English King. When the rebellious hero falls for the spirited Lady Marion (Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett), he must first save her village and then confront a growing storm of threats from near and afar if he is to win her heart. As Robin and his men answer a call to ever-greater adventure, these unlikely heroes set off to battle for their country and return England to glory ... and ride into Legend.
Ridley Scott directs this historical action adventure starring Russell Crowe. After the death of Richard the Lionheart (Danny Huston) in the Crusades, Sir Robin of Loxley returns from war to his home in the north of England. There, he comes up against the oppressive regime imposed by the tyrannical new Sheriff of Nottingham (Matthew Macfadyen). Robin summons up a group of supporters and puts his formidable archery skills to use in an effort to free the people from corruption and political injustice. Cate Blanchett co-stars as Maid Marian.