Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood is meant to be a sort of prequel to the well-known legend. The problem is, almost every version of Robin Hood already shows at least some of the hero’s origin story, so instead of a fresh take, this seems more like a rehash of everything that came before. I remember when the buzz about this project originally started, there was talk of it being from the point of view of the Sheriff of Nottingham, turning the villain into a sort of misunderstood hero. I wanted to see that movie, but it was not to be.
And another thing, if this is the beginning of Robin’s adventures, shouldn’t they have cast a younger actor? Russell Crowe is great, but he’s looking a little old and flabby these days.
Anyway, now that I’ve vented my issues with this movie, I can get to my quick plot recap. Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe) is a simple yeoman fighting in King Richard’s crusade. When the King and his trusted friend Robert Locksley are murdered by a nasty traitor (Mark Strong, being evil…again), Robin takes over Locksley’s identity to get himself and his band of merry men back to England. To keep his promise to a dying man, he goes to visit Locksley’s widow (Cate Blanchett) and blind father (Max von Sydow) who ask him to continue the charade so they can keep their land. Of course, we have our usual baddies present (King John and the Sheriff of Nottingham) and the goodies as well (Friar Tuck, Little John, Will Scarlet, etc.) and the movie ends with (spoilers) Robin an outlaw in Sherwood Forest.
There was nothing awe-inspiring or vastly different from any other retelling, except for the subplot of Marian being a widow instead of a maid. Cate is great in everything she’s in, but this movie doesn’t give her much to do. There’s very little character development but plenty of men running around beating the crap out of each other. So if that’s your thing, enjoy. If not, then probably stay away.
In the most intimate scene between Robin and Marian, he asks her to help him remove his chainmail since he’s not used to wearing it (he’s a yeoman, not a nobleman, remember?) which inspired me to choose Diamond Cosmetics Chainmail Charm from their Renaissance Collection. This is a very cool holographic polish that is a dark gray/brown color. The above picture is 3 coats with no topcoat. Lovely application and an unusual color. ~K