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:: Robin Hood

If you were thinking that director, Ridley Scott had taken the old Robin Hood folklore and turned it into a film that tells the story that you’ve already seen countless times before… think again. Scott uses his brains and goes back further into the folklore and brilliantly tells the story of early-Robin’s life. As usual Scott has made this film look visually great but unfortunately there are few things that prevent this film from becoming a ‘great’ film.

Scott’s version of ‘Robin Hood’ sees Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe), Little John (Kevin Durand), Will Scarlet (Scott Grimes) and Allan A’Dayle (Alan Doyle) flee their Crusades Army after the death of King Richard The Lionheart (Danny Huston). However on their way back to England they discover The French are attacking. Robin promises the dying Sir Robert Loxley (Douglas Hodge) that he will return his sword to his father Sir Walter Loxley (Max von Sydow) in Nottingham. However while in Nottingham Sir Walter convinces Robin to stay and pretend to be Robert, his son and Marion’s (Cate Blanchett) husband as the French troops and King John’s (Oscar Isaac) men head towards Nottingham.

While Scott makes this film look visually spectacular and screenwriter, Brian Helgeland creates a great historical tale, the film is dangerously let down by a number of things. Firstly the audio in parts are shocking, despite the fact you strain to hear some of the actor’s lines you simply don’t hear them at all… meaning you miss out on some valuable conversations. The fact that the audio on a blockbuster doesn’t work properly is a disaster in modern times and detracts from the films. Secondly Cate Blanchett is dangerously under-used. In the scenes she is in she is brilliant, as is Russell Crowe who shows all those who criticised him for his choice to do this film, that he was in fact the right choice here.

I have heard other people comment that the film is too hard to understand for the average film-goer. This is completely false. Yes Helgeland does allow the film to delve deep into history, but it is well explained throughout the film, so I’m guessing the only people that would find this film hard to follow would be those who struggle to work out what is happening on ‘Play School’.

Combined, Scott and Crowe have made a worthy film and as a lover of history I have to admit I did thoroughly enjoy it, but it is let down by some terrible audio and the fact that Cate Blanchett didn’t get nearly as much screen-time as she deserved. Not as good as it can be but still ‘Robin Hood’ is a film that needs to be seen on the big screen.