Posts Tagged ‘Robin Hood’

I have to admit that I was a little leery of this movie when I first saw the previews.  Though the trailer looked wicked awesome, I have high expectations when it comes to movies about Robin Hood.  I’ve seen the original with Errol Flynn, the remake with Kevin Costner, as well as the comedic version directed by Mel Brooks.  So for me, I thought I’ve seen it all when it comes to telling the story and didn’t think this movie could give me a new unique spin the classic story.

Boy was I wrong!

Instead of starting the story when Robin Hood is already an outlaw, it takes you to the days when he fought in the crusades with King Richard.  King Richard wasn’t the noble and glorious king portrayed in earlier movies.  Robin Hood wasn’t all noble and valiant either.  Even the Lady Marian was more bad ass than in the Costner remake.  I also love the fact that King John was even more annoying and immature, while the infamous Sheriff of Nottingham took a back seat.   The storyline also went deeper than just King John being a greedy king and taking advantage of the peasants.  It involved stolen identities, traitors,  and a French invasion.

For lack of better words, this movie was more “real” and down to earth for me, taking a man who was basically a military deserter to a champion for the poor.  I loved the way Crowe’s character was morally challenged being thrown into a situation that truly put his conscience to the test.  Robin Hood was portrayed as imperfect, a real man with real flaws who was faced with tough choices in a situation so much bigger than him.

I may also add that I am a HUGE Russell Crowe fan and he gave the same stellar level of performance that he did in Gladiator. (And the fact that Ridley Scott directed this one helps too!)

Have any of you seen this movie?  What did you think?