Flash Movie Review: Robin Hood

I do not want to be biased here; but when I hear the words Robin Hood, I think of Errol Flynn. I cannot think of anyone else playing this role besides him. When I received this DVD I assumed the story would have a different spin on it, due to the director being Ridley Scott (Prometheus, Black Hawk Down). More than a spin, the movie was a prequel to the Robin Hood story most of us have seen before. Robin Longstride, played by Russell Crowe (A Beautiful Mind, Gladiator), was an archer in King Richard’s army. Upon Richard’s death, Robin returned to England, to bring the sword of deceased Sir Robert Loxley, played by Douglas Hodge (Vanity Fair, Mansfield Park), to his father Sir Walter Loxley, played by Max von Sydow (The Exorcist, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close). Hearing the news of his son’s death, Sir Walter Loxley convinced Robin to  become his son, which would protect his land holdings. In doing so, Robin had to step in and become the husband to the widow Marion Loxley, played by Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Notes on a Scandal). With the English monarchy being threatened by the French, Robin would have to do battle with Sir Robert Loxley’s killer. Are you confused yet? It took me a while to get a grasp of what was taking place in this odd movie. I found Russell Crowe a poor choice; he brought no emotion to the role. Cate, on the other hand, was her usual stellar self. The story made no sense. An entire town was to believe Robin was Sir Robert Loxley? Also, having a battle scene that looked like it was copied from Private Ryan was weird. Instead of robbing from other movies, why couldn’t they make a decent story for us poor viewers? Violent and bloody scenes.


2 1/4 stars — DVD


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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on September 27, 2012, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I totally loved the Robin Hood; Prince of Thieves’ especially because of the straightforward way of directing the way a ballad has to be directed… no complications. This movie looked like it was purposefully complicated with the poor reason of being historically correct. For me, Robin Hood is always Kevin Costner and who can forget the the Sheriff of Nottingham played by Alan Rickman. For this role, Ridley Scott didn’t have to rope in Russell Crowe because I don’t think this role needed the acting capabilities of Crowe! People talk about a sequel in the line!
    Nice review. 🙂

  2. Robinhood, one subject they should never make a movie about ever again!

  3. Ayn Rand absolutely loathes Robin Hood. Now that is weird! I thought you couldn’t beat the Errol Flynn version though.

  4. Unfortunately, saw it at the Cinema..you nailed it. Too long, needless violence and yes Crowe was asleep through most of his performance. I usually appreciate historical dramas, even when liberty is taken with the facts, but this was a stink-a-roe.

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