Plot: In 13th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power.

Review: It’s no secret that I am a massive Ridley Scott fan; I consider him one of the all time greatest directors but as I said in my review for The Counsellor a few weeks ago, he can be a bit hit and miss.

I was intrigued by this movie when it was called Nottingham which would have been from the perspective of the Sheriff of Nottingham; it sounded different and would have been an interesting twist on a familiar tale. Instead we get a bland origin story for Robin Hood which doesn’t really bring anything new to proceedings; in fact, The Sheriff of Nottingham only really has a minor role.

The real villain is Godfrey, played by Mark Strong who is actually the same as he is in pretty much every other film. He’s a bit one note and the character of Godfrey just isn’t all that interesting or particularly threatening.

Russell Crowe as always has great screen presence and is one of my favourite actors but his accent in this movie is all over the place. One minute he sounds like he’s from Yorkshire and the next he sounds Liverpudlian.

There was also no chemistry between Marion (Cate Blanchett) & Robin and there REALLY should be; Blanchett was fine in her role but like the other characters, nothing really stood out about her.

I watched the Unrated Director’s Cut and it was just really slow and didn’t grab me; the middle of the movie at the 1 hour mark really dragged and I just didn’t care about any of the characters. There is actually another German Director’s Cut of the movie which apparently has a few more blood splatters in it which are bizarrely cut from the US version too.

With Gladiator Ridley Scott brought together pacing, characters and visuals instead of just concentrating on how the movie looks which admittedly he can be guilty of, but this movie feels like a step back and they sadly didn’t recapture lightning in a bottle again.

So what did I like about the movie? Well, as always the visuals were great with some nice sweeping camera shots and the battles (what few there were) were done well too. It looked authentic with great costumes and set design; you’ve also got Max von Sydow classing up the movie as Sir Walter Loxley.

I really liked the soundtrack by Marc Streitenfeld, which was pleasantly different from Gladiator and has a suitably epic feel to it; it was easily my favourite aspect of the movie.

Overall, Robin Hood is a rather dull reinvention of the classic character with nothing particularly memorable but the cast do the best with what they have and the music is fantastic. I own it simply because I’m a Ridley completist but I can’t bring myself to sit through it again.



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Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel

I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it’s a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.