Robin Hood with Russell Crowe – Cinema Static’s Movie Review

by on September 24, 2010

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe

Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe, is not a quick to the chase kind of movie but rather, it feel’s like a well tended plant, the story develops at a natural, organic pace that keeps the viewer engaged. It surprised me when I finally watched it.  It’s an origins movie, of how Robin Longstride came to be an outlaw, known as Robin, of the Hood.

Ridley Scott on the set of Robin HoodRidley Scott

For all the people out there that called Ridley Scott‘s Robin Hood, a Gladiator sequel is so far off the mark it’s ridiculous.  Nothing is jury-rigged edited to give the viewer any instant gratification like some movies but rather, it is a story that develops with a rich quality of a slow burn.

Yes, it is a bit complicated, like any well integrated ‘developing tyranny in any government structure’ story.  Yes, Crowe may seem low key, but most scenes had a low key, sense of inevitability that didn’t need to move at some speed of light movie plot.

To build a country is like building a cathedral, from the ground up.” is a line from the movie and for me, that’s how it felt the script was designed.

It’s made $311 million Worldwide, directed/produced by Ridley Scott, the screenplay is written by Brian Helgeland (Green Zone, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Mystic River).  Of note, Russell Crowe was one of the producers for the movie.

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Robin Hood - Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett

From Following Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe) from the crusades to how he meets Marion Loxley (Cate Blanchett) and to see how their relationship develops is a rewarding journey.  It took almost the entire movie before Robin professes his love for Marion.

Following the rise of the Sheriff of Nottingham (Matthew Macfadyen) and his developing evil was a truly anguishing experience.

Of course we cannot forget Robin Hood’s Merry Men… though they didn’t have as huge of a presence as some stories perceive them, they were always there to back up Robin in his deeds.

Friar Tuck is played by Mark Addy.  And while I’ve personally never seen Kevin Durand (Legion, X-Men Origins: Wolverine; TV: Lost) ever play a good guy, it was wonderful to see him portray Little John.  This was a perfect role for him that breaks the evil guy mold, at least for me.

Robin Hood - Scott Grimes as Will Scarlet

I really enjoyed watching Scott Grimes (ER’s Archie Morris, Band of Brothers, Party of Five) play an action hero and even if it wasn’t a stretch, I enjoyed his part in the movie as Will Scarlet while the relatively unknown Alan Doyle played Allan A’Dayle.

As the movie ends, Robin is declared an outlaw.  This sets the scene for the classic presentation of the tales of Robin Hood, the outlaw, as a single or set of sequels, if all parties concerned feel it’s a monetarily viable option.  I think it is.

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Robin Hood - Russell Crowe

Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood will make for an entertaining evening, whether you rent the uncut, 156-minute  version or buy the DVD/Blu-ray for your collection, I don’t think you can go wrong if you’re a fan of Russell Crowe or any of the other cast which also includes William Hurt, Max von Sydow, Mark Strong and others.

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On Amazon: Robin Hood (Two-Disc Unrated Director’s Cut)

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Liz September 26, 2010 at 2:55 pm

You got it . I think you got it.Yes, a “slow burn'” movie is just what it was. And what a relief ! Personally I loved it. I hope there is a sequel, but time is marching on for the cast and $311 million worldwide may not seem enough to some suits.
A pity.

Teresa September 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm

I loved this movie when I saw it in the theater and so did my husband. To those who felt it was boring – hogwash. It was filled with excitement and action. Another strong turn by Russell and the rest of the cast was excellent too. The typical Robin Hood story has been done by so many others, that this look at Robin (before he became a hood) was wonderfully engaging, original and unique. And I loved the adult love story that was written for Robin and Marion. Because it developed so subtley, it was even more believable. I surely hope the producers and a Hollywood studio push ahead for a sequel. The rest of this story needs to be told through the eyes of a master like Ridley Scott and through the voice, mannerisms, and actions of a superb actor – Russell Crowe.

Bruce Simmons September 25, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Thank you for the kind words Holly. I am not always sure if I’m connecting with my visiting audience or not and it’s great to hear that I’m my perspectives are hitting a chord with readers.

Thank you for coming by! (Historical whispers… catchy!)

holly September 25, 2010 at 5:45 pm

well said and yes the movie does turn at a slow burn, personally I loved this movie, the historical whispers within. Kudos to Russell, he says he doesn’t do a movie unless he loves the script when he reads it – so he obviously put a lot of himself in every performance. I appreciate your fair and unbiased article regarding his performance and the movie in general.

Thanks,

Holly Wilson

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