Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Robin Hood Movie Review
Please don't let the flurry of bad reviews stop you from seeing, or in the future, renting this movie. Sure they play a little liberally with the traditional storyline and the WWII style landing craft are a bit much, but this is still is one really good action adventure film.
In this version, Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe) is a highly trained and brave archer in the army of Richard the Lionheart. Through a series of events, Robin returns to England masquerading as the recently deceased Robert of Locksley, an aide to King Richard. When he returns to Locksley's home to return the dead man's sword, he finds a family and town much in need of their missing son. Robin is asked to continue to play Robert in order to protect the land and towns people from the evil Godfrey (Mark Strong) an advisor to Prince John.
The battle scenes are terrific and I'm pleased to finally meet a Marion (the always amazing Cate Blanchett) worthy of Robin Hood and the legend they created.
I also enjoyed seeing Max von Sydow again as Sir Walter Loxley and Matthew Macfadyen as the Sheriff of Nottingham. Mcfadyen played Mr. Darcy in one of my favorite movies...Pride and Prejudice. This current role is a dramatic character change.