Robin Hood – Movie Review
The story of an archer in the army of Richard Coeur de Lion who fights against the Norman invaders and becomes the legendary hero known as Robin Hood.
Robin Hood stars Russell Crowe and it’s a Ridley Scott Production. These guys have teamed up for many projects including Gladiator. So you know there is going to be a lot of noise, a lot of hand to hand contact, a lot of things blowing up. Which is not easy if you’re talking about 1200AD. The movie actually starts in 1199AD with Richard the Lionhearted, coming home from the Crusades. Our boy Russell, who is Robin Longstride, is part of the archers that are getting slaughtered as they make their way back to an impoverished England that has been taxed out of their minds by an unpopular war that has been going on forever. We have a mark of who our boy Robin is early on because the king says that everybody is a sycophant. So, he asks Robin whether he thinks that the war was a godly war. Robin says no, and that the moment they slaughtered all the innocents it became godless. So, he ends up in the stockade. Richard is actually killed, we’ve also met his foppish younger brother who is John who is having an affair with a French strumpet. Much to the consternation of his wife. Cate Blanchette plays Marian. So if you’re really looking for men in tights you’re going to be unhappy because there are only a couple of arrows that are actually shot by Russell. We just barely get to Nottingham and Sherwood Forest and the sheriff. But, if you love English history, which I do, this is a lot about English history, which I thought was really fun. So it really is going to depend on how you feel about English history. If you’re really a fan of Robin Hood, you’re probably going to be disappointed because the last words in the movie are, “and so the legend begins”. So, some people might feel gypped. Because I like English history a lot I was fine. I would give it three stars, people who are really looking for men in tights are probably going to give it two. One of the problems is it is very noisy and all the battles look exactly the same. Make sure you stay for the end credits, they’re fabulous. I’d still give it three stars.