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Robin Hood

May 22, 2010

Director: Ridley Scott 
Writers: Brian Helgeland/Ethan Reiff/Cyrus Voris  
Producers: Brian Grazer/Ridley Scott/Russell Crowe 
Starring: Russell Crowe/Cate Blanchett/Mark Strong/William Hurt 
Year: 2010
Country: US/UK 
BBFC Certification: 12
Duration: 140 minutes

Robin Hood chronicles the life of an expert archer, previously interested only in self-preservation, from his service in King Richard’s army against the French. Upon Richard’s death, Robin travels to Nottingham, a town suffering from the corruption of a despotic sheriff and crippling taxation, where he falls for the spirited widow Lady Marian, a woman sceptical of the identity and motivations of this crusader from the forest. Hoping to earn the hand of Maid Marian and salvage the village, Robin assembles a gang whose lethal mercenary skills are matched only by its appetite for life. Together, they begin preying on the indulgent upper class to correct injustices under the sheriff.

Prepared to be robbed of two and a half hours of your life!

Robin Hood has been known to rob from the rich and give to the poor but there’s one thing that Robin Hood can’t give me and that is the two and a half hours I wasted on this movie. The story was average and gotten boring after the first ten minutes as all the characters did was nothing but talk (and unconvincingly at that). The characters weren’t bad but you just couldn’t care for them because they were boring, there wasn’t much character development at all either so that didn’t help. The acting is good, Russell Crowe does a good job playing Robin Hood but his performance strongly reminds you of when Crowe played Maximus in the movie Gladiator. Cate Blanchett does an average job as Maid Marion and Mark Strong does a great job as the bad guy Sir Godfrey. The action scenes were okay except for the end battle, which was brilliantly executed. However, the downside is they lasted about ten to twenty minutes each. The writing and direction weren’t bad but I’ve seen Scott do much better.

It was very hard for me not to walk out halfway through the movie. I started falling asleep (no, seriously, I actually started falling asleep) about forty-five minutes into the movie but luckily I stayed awake and endured the movie. The only exciting thing in the movie was the brilliantly done battle at the end but it’s not worth money to see as it only lasts twenty minutes and the movie is two and a half hours. The acting weren’t really too bad and Russell Crowe makes an okay Robin Hood but I just couldn’t care for any of the characters in the movie at all. I didn’t care for the story either, as it didn’t grip you at all. It was surprisingly boring. Ridley Scott has definitely done better in the past. Robin Hood disappoints which is a shame because it had so much potential to be something better. If you loved the past Robin Hood movies, then there is a chance you might like this.

This would have gotten a score of 2 but the end battle scene saved it.

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