Birth of a legend. Following King Richard's death in France, archer Robin Longstride, along with Will Scarlett, Alan-a-Dale and Little John, returns to England. They encounter the dying Robert of Locksley, whose party was ambushed by treacherous Godfrey, who hopes to facilitate a French invasion of England. Robin promises the dying knight he will return his sword to his father Walter in Nottingham. Here Walter encourages him to impersonate the dead man to prevent his land being confiscated by the crown, and he finds himself with Marian, a ready-made wife. Hoping to stir baronial opposition to weak King John and allow an easy French take-over, Godfrey worms his way into the king's service as Earl Marshal of England and brutally invades towns under the pretext of collecting Royal taxes. Can Robin navigate the politics of barons, royals, traitors, and the French? - synopsis from IMDB
Directed by Ridley Scott.
Rated 6.7 on IMDB from 219871 votes.
Runtime: 140 min.
The next attempt to depict the legend shines in mediocrity. Oh, the effort is there from Crowe, Blanchett and the ever excellent Strong, but the storyline is chaotic, there are weird accents involved and overall there just seems to be no structure to the movie. Although Scott attempts to show us a somewhat different angle to the story, there’s no real connection to the characters. One strong point: this is a movie with an appropriate amount of humour.
I guess I’d just expected more from Robin Hood. Maybe the inevitable sequel can polish the surface a little bit more.
Seen: 14 May 2010
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