You remember that movie the Ridley Scott Directed that had Russell Crowe in it? That movie Gladiator? Well, if you don’t, go see Robin Hood. You’ll get the idea. Ok, it’s not that it’s so bad, becuase it isn’t. It’s just that Robin Hood is the same kind of movie. It’s a big, Hollywood period epic with all the same kind of ingredients just put together in a slightly different way.
You remember that movie the Ridley Scott Directed that had Russell Crowe in it? That movie Gladiator? Well, if you don’t, go see Robin Hood. You’ll get the idea. Ok, it’s not that it’s so bad, because it isn’t. It’s just that Robin Hood is the same kind of movie. It’s a big, Hollywood period epic with all the same kind of ingredients just put together in a slightly different way.
The only particularly unique thing here is the story. At least they didn’t do the usual Robin Hood story. Instead, the movie is about before Robin became “Robin Hood”. This story is about Robin Longstride, an archer in King Richard the Lionheart’s army. On the way back from the Crusades, they pillage French castles, just for kicks. Along the way, Robin meets Robert of Loxley, and promises to take Loxley’s sword back to his father in Nottingham. There, Robin meets Marion, and her father who knows some stuff about Robin’s past. Then some guy named Godfrey stirs up trouble and starts working with the French to pillage English towns. There’s some big battle sequences and, well, you know the drill. It’s a Russell Crowe movie.
This movie is all sound and fury, signifying nothing. It’s all big, beautiful set design, costumes, and gorgeous cinematography. It’s a grand, sweeping historical epic full of fine performances and massive battle sequences and thousands of extras. This is everything an Oscar contender needs. Unfortunately, it just feels like the same old, same old. I wasn’t particularly taken in by the drama or the characters, even though, like I said, it was all quite satisfactory. But it’s only that. It’s all just too formulaic. And it’s certainly not that Ridley Scott is any idiot. Not at all. It’s just it seems Ridley Scott is getting too comfortable in this sort of film. He’s like Hollywood’s go-to guy for this stuff. C’mon, Ridley, where is your next Blade Runner? Oh, I know, wishful thinking.
At least they didn’t do the usual Robin Hood story. We’ve all seen that done too many times, and we know the last time it was done, with Kevin Costner, it was already one time too many. I’m still trying to get the taste of that movie out of my mouth and mind. Bad enough seeing Kevin Costner in a mullet, but the sporadic English accent was too much to bear. At least everyone in this one was able to pull off the accent throughout.
I can say, that at least the characters here are more original and less cliche’ than usual. But alas, it all still falls kind of flat. It’s a good thing I love castles because this movie is full of them. It all looks fantastic, it just doesn’t do anything unexpected.
Maybe check out a matinee, or watch it on your big screen HD TV at home on DVD.
~ Neil T. Weakley, your average movie-goer, not overly impressed with this Robin Hood epic.