May 14, 2010
ROBIN HOOD (2010)
Thiz movie is a new breed of Robin Hood from the father of “Alien” (1979), Ridley Scott. Robin Hood as we have known before is an honorable outlaw and great archer with tight pants, to rob the rich and give it to the poor. I know Scott wants his version of Robin Hood to be different. He is described with different haircut and beard. In fact, Russell Crowe performs the character in a similar way with his previous character in “Gladiator” (2000). You can see closely in his attitude and body language, the only thing that different is simply its outfit. On the other hand, Cate Blanchett provides a powerful performance as Marion. Blancett is one of a few Actresses who can always maintain her acting quality in each of her films. I think for her to involve in thiz epic is a completely waste of talent. The famous eternal villain of Robin Hood, Sherrif of Nottingham (Matthew MacFayden) is not in the focus of the story. But instead, the bad guy is a two-face traitor named Godfrey which is played by Mark Strong. In my opinion, he delivers the best performance for overall, along with William Hurt as King John’s chancellor. Recently, Mark Strong has been successfully built a great image of bad guy figure. The movie is actually filled with unique and electrifying Score. For the final battle of thiz movie, I can describe it as “Omaha Beach Attack” in medieval version. It’s just like what we have seen in the opening battle of “Saving Private Ryan” (1998), only thiz time with arrows and swords. The last four Ridley Scott’s movies also appointed Russell Crowe as his main character. Substantively, Crowe never delivers a lame performance. But once again (Spoiler Alert!), thiz movie is really a copy-paste of Scott’s “Gladiator”, besides the same acting of Crowe, it’s also about a warrior comes back to his hometown after patriotic battle and later he turns into a rebel to fight an evil King. Last time when we saw Kevin Costner’s “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” (1991), we brought home some memorable moments and its Soundtrack still echoes until now. If audience can accept thiz movie as a decent movie, don’t blame them (Scott and Crowe) if they are back again to offer you another typical ones with same Crowe’s acting and same Scott’s directing, maybe for the other time they will offer you with their version of Batman or James Bond or whatever. Shall we let them do it easily?
Stars : 6/10
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