Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood (2012) – Review

1/2 Star

I received a package from one of our far flung fans in Germany, it contained the Blu-Ray of this movie with a note attached; scribbled in English, “Watch this plead”. I took it that the plead was intended as a please, but after viewing the movie it may well have been a cry for mercy. Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood is one of the most desperate horror/comedies I’ve ever seen, and no wonder. The movie’s premise doesn’t work — not even a little, not even sometimes — and that means all the actors in the movie look awkward and silly all the time. This plays less like a movie than like punishment for a willing audience. I’ve seen youtube videos staged with more proficiency and better production values. This film is not edited as much as roughly assembled. The lead actor’s voice slips in and out of accent so often it could be a stand-alone drinking game.

Podcast EP134: Cheating Kristen Stewart Hurts Snow White Sequel, Third Hobbit Movie

Episode one-hundred and thirty-four. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

News: Trouble For Snow White and the Huntsman 2? Kristen Stewart Cheats on Robert Pattinson
Kevin Costner Sues for Robin Hood
Gangster Squad Eyeing January Release
Peter Jackson Planning a Third Hobbit Movie?
Sam Worthington Eyes Ten Role Opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger
Anne Hathaway Interested in Catwoman Spin-Off
DreamWorks Animation Acquires Classic Media

Box Office Breakdown: July 20-22, 2012

TrailerAddict: Craigslist Joe

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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) – Review

3 Stars

Kevin Costner is Robin Hood in this dark and somewhat depressing tale that is both a film of its time and years ahead of it. Forgoing any sense of joy or light sources this revisionist take on the man who lives in Sherwood Forest is enjoyable on its base level and the performances, namely Alan Rickman’s Sheriff make up for the rough patches in the screenplay. Turning its back on the wonderful Errol Flynn film 1939s The Adventures of Robin Hood, Costner’s version is more akin to the rebooted Batman Begins in tone and atmosphere. Aspiring to expose the pain and witchcraft elements of the source material is a progressive idea (especially in 1991) that both benefits and hinders the film on several occasions. (more…)

Robin Hood (2010) – Review

2 1/2 Stars

Ridley Scott’s take on the Robin Hood legend is an impressively made but joyless affair. Crowe brings his ‘Gladiator’ intensity to the title role in a story that is actually a ‘prequel’. Something the marketing materials have failed to address, this may turn off many moviegoers looking for the familiar story of Robin and his merry men. The battle sequences are handled well by veteran director Scott the action is covered clearly and we are never lost in confusion as to whom is doing what and where. However at two plus hours the whole thing becomes overkill. (more…)