Monday, May 24, 2010


By D.E.Levine

Director: Ridley Scott
Writer: Brian Helgeland (screenplay); Brian Helgeland, Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris (story)
Cast: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Max von Sydow, William Hurt, Mark Strong, Oscar Issac, Danny Huston, Eileen Atkins, Mark Addy et al.
Producers: Russell Crowe, Brian Grazer and Ridley Scott
Executive Producers: Michael Costigen, Ryan Kavanaugh, Charles J.D.Schlissel and James Whitaker
Original Music: Maarc Streitenfeld
Running Time: 148 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States/United Kingdom
Language: English
Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure

If you're expecting the tried and true tale of Robin Hood that we're all familiar with -- that's not what you get in this epic.

Dour and dark, both in story and cinematography, this tale takes you back to before Robin was a legend and tells us how the legend actually started.

Gritty and realistic, this is an extremely violent film - stretching the bounds of PG13.

Made Marion is an exhausted and steely head of the biggest farm in all of England.

Angry at a King that taxes them without relief and shows little compassion, Robin speaks out against him.

The plot is very complicated to follow with a possible French invasion, the rise of King John and a possible double agent.

Both Crowe and Blanchett appear to lack the chemistry necessary for the characters.

On the other hand, Scott stages brilliant action scenes of battles - bleak, bloody and horrifying.

True, the film is too long. All that history takes time and its doubtful whether the audiences will want to sit through it, but it's an interesting and different take on an age-old story.