Robin Hood

  • 12
  • Ridley Scott (2010)
  • US / Jpn (SUB)
  • 134 min
Robin Hood
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Ridley Scott's retelling of the Robin Hood legend is located in time by an illuminated manuscript introduction and then quickly plunges into the heat of battle, as Richard the Lionheart (Danny Huston) carves his route back from Jerusalem through France. These opening scenes are swiftly and noisily dispatched, with individuals, even deadly archer Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe, reuniting with his Gladiator director), taking a while to emerge. Clarity is achieved once Longstride assumes the guise of Robin of Loxley in order to return to a starved and oppressed England. Scott presents a politically complex vision of the tale, with Mark Strong's royal adviser deliberately whipping up hatred in the North to smooth France's way as conquerors - this is when the film really comes alive. Crowe's romance with an occasionally northern Cate Blanchett as Marion is well handled but still a distraction, while the scenes of mead-quaffing and folk dancing serve little purpose. Scott's film has tremendous strengths - fine battle scenes, a strongly realised interpretation of events and a commanding lead performance - but the weak spots diminish the overall effect, leaving it a valiant try rather than an unqualified success.

Plot Summary

Adventure directed by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. Following King Richard's death in France, Robin Longstride and his companions return to England, where they stumble into a plot by the scheming Sir Godfrey to dupe Richard's successor, the weak King John, and allow a French invasion. Faced with treachery on all sides, Robin must use all his guile to prevent the English crown from being overthrown.

Cast and crew

Cast

Robin Longstride
Russell Crowe
Lady Marion Loxley
Cate Blanchett
Sir Walter Loxley
Max von Sydow
William Marshall
William Hurt
Sir Godfrey
Mark Strong
Prince John
Oscar Isaac
King Richard the Lionheart
Danny Huston
Eleanor of Aquitaine
Eileen Atkins
Friar Tuck
Mark Addy
Sheriff of Nottingham
Matthew Macfadyen
Little John
Kevin Durand
Will Scarlet
Scott Grimes
Allan A'Dayle
Alan Doyle
Sir Robert Loxley
Douglas Hodge
Princess Isabella of Angoulême
Léa Seydoux
King Philip of France
Jonathan Zaccaï
Baron Baldwin
Robert Pugh
Jimoen
Bronson Webb

Crew

Director
Ridley Scott

Other Information

Language: 
English, French +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Universal
Guidance: 
Violence and sexual references.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 7 May 2010
Certificate 12
Categories
Drama

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