This is an interesting take on the Robin Hood legend, or at least its beginnings. The plot is certainly straightforward and the film is not fast-paced, though the same could be said of Scott's brilliant sci-fi classic Alien. However, this movie is neither brilliant nor a classic.
There are plenty of historical inaccuracies, the script is full of cliches and Crowe's accent equals Dick Van Dyke's in Mary Poppins in how terrible it is, even managing to move into Scouse for a while when the king's knights are found ambushed. Like a number of films in recent years, it bangs on about democracy but not quite to the same extent as 300: Rise of an Empire. Yes, we know democracy is better than any other form of rulership, we don't need it drummed into us.
I did enjoy the character of Friar Tuck, played well by Mark Addy (The Full Monty). I also thought Mark Strong (Sunshine, Sherlock Holmes) was good as the main villain, something he must be used to playing by now, and Max Von Sydow's (Dune, Minority Report) performance as Sir Walter Loxley was the best in the film in my opinion.
I didn't mind the simplicity of plot and time taken to tell the story, some of the best films ever made are like that. I also thought the action sequences were good, as were the costumes and atmospherics. Like at least one other reviewer, I did find it grating to hear a song I knew during one of the celebrations in the film, but the worst thing for me was definitely Crowe. If you can cope with his accent and let go of any hope of historical accuracy (as you must when watching films like Braveheart), then this film is a middling piece of entertainment suited to a dark and dismal Sunday afternoon in winter, the sort of film you can have a snooze to if the mood takes you.