I had average expectations for this film. But by the end, my overriding impression of Robin Hood was: silly. This ‘blurb’ stumbles through some of the reasons why.
Good ol’ Russell Crowe paired up with his old mate Ridley Scott doing a different take on this well worn classic. It should at least be engaging. It had the odd moment. But overall, the clichés, mediocre dialogue, painfully predictable story line and some odd directing reduced this film to a cynical money maker.
As per usual I avoided reading anything about the film prior to viewing. The two things I had heard didn’t bode well though; Russell Crowe’s erratic accent was making news. Cate Blanchett’s family was on set for a bit of a holiday.
The opening shots made me feel like visiting AD1233. It looked nice. But it was down hill from there.
Something was not right with this film. It just didn’t gel. For the actors, the director or anyone. And I got the impression that no one seemed that bothered.
Russell Crowe, around whom the whole thing hinged, seemed awkward, lacked significant character development and emotional range. And yes, the accent thing was a little distracting.
Russell’s silliest moment: having been possibly crushed between two landing crafts he bursts from the water yelling. It was especially silly when you realise the only way he could generate that kind of force was to push off the bottom from a stable crouching position in relatively shallow water. “That’s a take!!”
Which brings me to the director’s silliest moment; the beach landing. Not only did the timing seem odd. One moment the armada approach, it is dark, the beach is lit with torches. Next moment they are landing and it’s at least mid morning. But the actual silly bit is the landing craft themselves. My first thought was they borrowed some of the gear from The Pacific or Saving Private Ryan and did some light remodelling, cut some holes in the side and poked oars out. They certainly borrowed everything else.
Cate’s silliest moment; bringing a bunch of children on tiny horses into the thick of battle. Where did she come from? Had she been trailing the main group all that way? Wha’? How did anyone think what she was doing was a good idea? It wasn’t. It was silly. The crowning moment of silliness.
There were a few moving moments that engaged but I can’t really remember what they were because the awkwardly assembled, illogical and odd bits dominate my perception of the film.
On a positive note – nice scenery.
Bob’s Rating 5/10