Sunday, June 6, 2010

Movie Review...Robin Hood (2010)

Ant and I went to see 'Robin Hood' Friday night. We were having a guy's night out and simply wanted to turn our brains off for a couple of hours.

Plot Synopsis: 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? Source

As the story progressed my initial impressions were that Ridley Scott would have been better served making a movie based on the life of a random soldier, an unknown. He seemed to have had a story he desperately wanted to tell but was forced to make it work within the Robin Hood Universe.

I had strange image in my mind of a young Ridley Scott. It's his 9th birthday...he's sitting cross legged on the floor, surrounded by torn shreds of wrapping paper. "What the..." he thinks as he gazes blankly at the newly unwrapped box in front of him. "A Robin Hood Lego set? What am I going to do with this" he thinks...Ridley fains a smile! "I love it!"

All the hints he'd left were for naught, "I told them I wanted the Knights Lego Castle, I left countless hints, I took out the garbage, fed the dog...did my homework, well not my homework but y'know what I mean. How can I hold the worlds greatest battle with a friar, an archer, a few lousy merry men and a girl!!"

All in All 6.5 out of 10. A definite fun night out but I would have been happier watching a Discovery Channel special on the legend of Robin Hood, or even better the 1973 Disney classic.

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