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Robin Hood

Mike Hinshaw - Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Now, we just saw Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind), Cate Blanchett (Lord of the Rings, The Aviator), Max Von Sydow (Minority Report, The Exorcist), and William Hurt (Syriana, A History of Violence). It is sort of a prequel, the beginning of the Robin Hood story, take from the rich, give to the poor, that sort of thing. Russell is on one of those religious crusade that were so popular in the 12th century, when he has a falling out with the king, who is leading the crusade. Turns out the king was not that good a crusade leader, gets killed, Robin and three friends take off back to England. TAlong the way, he comes across an ambush where a knight from Nottingham is mortally wounded, he promises him he will take his sword back to his father. Turns out the dad is Max Von Sydow, playing a blind farmer whose daughter Cate was married to the now-dead knight. To prevent loosing the land, Max tells Russell he must take on the role as the husband to Cate, just come back from the crusade. So he does.

We also have a heir to the king who is a bit of a loose cannon, he wants the country side to support his wild life style. So he sends out groups of soldiers to collect taxes, actually they just take all the money in each village, or you die, that simple. When they get to Nottingham, Russell decides he will fight back. We end up with the king’s army trying to take over each village, and at the same time the king of France is attacking from the coast line. Russell finally gets the villagers and the kings army to work together, ends up with a smashing battle scene, kind of like Saving Private Ryan 800 years earlier. While the end battle is good, not good enough to redeem the movie. It is an interesting tale, and we see how the Robin Hood/Maid Marion match up occurs. Just not done really well. Cate is very good as a self-assured woman who is not afraid to go up against the Sherriff of Nottingham and all his bad guys, she can use a sword with the best of them. Russell plays Robin Hood OK, just not enough emotion in the story to suck us in.

So we will go with 2.5 broken arrows.

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