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.
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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. Continue reading
T and J discuss the weekend box office of May 14-16, 2010. Shrek Forever After, Iron Man 2, Robin Hood, Letters to Juliet, Just Wright, MacGruber.
T and J discuss the weekend box office of May 14-16, 2010. Robin Hood, Iron Man 2, Letters to Juliet, Just Wright, How to Train Your Dragon.
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. Continue reading
A fairly dull peak into Ridley Scott’s retelling of the classic tale. The trailer suggests that this trip to Nottingham will be a far more serious affair than 1991’s ‘Prince of Thieves’. Lets hope this is more ‘Gladiator’ and less ‘Kingdom of Heaven’.