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Robin Hood (2010) – movie review by Kate

Robin Hood (2010) movie reviews by Kate

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Rating: PG-13 for violence including intense sequences of warfare, and some sexual content.

Genre: Action/Adventure

Starring: Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Max Von Sydow, Cate Blanchett

Plot: Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe and acclaimed director Ridley Scott mark their fifth collaboration with this retelling of the classic Robin Hood legend. Crowe stars as the bow-wielding hero, while fellow Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett plays Maid Marian. This historical action film also stars William Hurt, Matthew Macfadyen, and Mark Strong

Director: Ridley Scott

Running time: 2:20

Kate says -2 1/2 stars “Robin Hood isn’t a terrible movie, it just isn’t a very good one. It’s nearly 2 1/2 hours of mind numbing, monotonous battle scenes full of dirty, bearded men that we end up realizing we don’t care a thing about. Interspersed between the action shots are scenes of uninspiring and unbelievable dialogue. Not a good combination. What this movie lacks is any sort of character development, not even of the main characters, and the supporting cast of characters are all basically interchangeable. The result -  no reason to care what happens…to any of them. On the plus side, there’s some beautiful cinematography when the hand to hand combat slows down enough for us to see it.

Ebert says -2 stars “Little by little, title by title, innocence and joy is being drained out of the movies. What do you think of when you hear the name of Robin Hood? I think of Errol Flynn, Sean Connery and the Walt Disney character. I see Robin lurking in Sherwood Forest, in love with Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland or Audrey Hepburn), and roistering with Friar Tuck and the Merry Men. I see a dashing swashbuckler. That Robin Hood is nowhere to be found in Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood”…The photography is, however, remarkable, and Crowe and the others are filled with fierce energy.” (read full review)

Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) says – 3 stars “I liked it. It’s on a par with Scott’s “American Gangster”: No revelations, but a satisfying, large-scale genre movie, toned up by its cast. As history, it’s silly. As entertainment, it works.” (read full review)

Rene Rodriguez (Miami Herald) says – 1/2 star “Robin Hood is certainly a grand-looking picture. For a film that’s filled with CGI effects, there isn’t a single shot that looks artificial, and the production design is tremendous. But it’s a hollow, boring spectacle. Robin Hood achieves something you never would have thought possible: it makes you nostalgic for Kevin Costner and Bryan Adams.” (read full review)

Kirk Honeycutt (The Hollywood Reporter) says - 2 1/2 stars “The film’s hodgepodge approach suggests many rewrites to forge a new angle on Robin Hood plus a desire for the movie to play to many constituencies. Yet Scott has an eye — and it’s a very good one — for sieges of castles, charging horsemen, hand-to-hand combat, glistening swords arcing through the air and deadly arrows whistling toward helpless targets. Streitenfeld’s full-bore, multi-theme score beautifully enhances the visual splendors in John Mathieson’s graceful cinematography while the stunt work, CGI and visual effects are all first class.” (read full review)

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