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. The relationship between Robin and Marion is treated as an afterthought and the mis-cast Cate Blanchett brings a hardened toughness to the role which makes her character unappealing and dull. Scott has made an undeniably impressive film and Crowe seems to benefit from the collaborations, his best films are all under Scott. But did it have to be so serious?
Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Danny Houston
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