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2.0 out of 5 stars The decline begins....., 13 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Robin Hood - Extended Director's Cut [DVD] (DVD)
By a rare coincidence-given the fact that Ridley Scott is one of my favorite film directors-I watched this movie AFTER I had sufferd the shock of "Prometheus".Had I viewed them in the right chronological order,I would have,at least,been prepared to a degree for the "Prometheus" disaster.
The signs of Scott's decadence are quite obvious in "Robin Hood".To save you from a lengthy analysis I will only suggest that you watch this film concurrently with "Gladiator".Two films that are,practically,identical,as fara as their "circumstances"are concerned.They are both "pseudo historical",by the same director,they have the same leading actor,excellent supporting cast,a lot of action and an underlying Just Cause,and more than ample means at the director's disposal.
That is where the similarities end."Gladiator" is an uplifting,thrilling,masterly and impressively filmed cinematographic treat,with an arrowlike course towards a suberb ending.

What exacty is R.H. ,I am not certain.A compilation of missed opportunities and ineptly directed scenes,with an ending where the beginning should be,perhaps ? A demonstration of directorial confusion , missing a sense of purpose ? A total twist of a popular legend's circumstances and characters known to us since childhood ? All of the above ,and then some ?

The bottom line is that it marks the beginning of the "master's"decline,which,unfortunately,led to the "Prometheus" disaster.(Simply to think that the same person directed "Alien","Blade Runner",AND "Prometheus" is an exercise in improbability).

But,paraphrasing the famous line from "Casablanca",I can say that we will always have the "Ridley Scott" period up to year 2001.And that is more than a treat from filmlovers.After all ,it is a rather common phenomenon amongst great Direcors(and a universal one witout a single exception where French Directors are concerned)that the worse work of the Great Masters is their late work.Eisenstein's "Que Viva Mexico",Kubrik's "Eyes wide shut",Kurosava's "Dreams",to quote but a few examles, are both these masters'last, and by far the worse, movies.

That alone in no way diminishes these "creators of the Seventh Art" masterly stature or their prolific work.It just dims its glow somewhat.
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Initial post: 3 May 2013 01:11:54 BDT
Jimmy says:
Totally agree like i did on your view of Scott and Promethus.I watched this Before seeing Promethus and thought maybe it was Just Scott having a off day and not Sure what to do with The Robin Hood Story but no the start of Scott Going down hill big time and I fell for the tag Scott Returns to Sci-fi With Promethus,well he did return but it was a waste of time.Keep up the good reviews.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2013 14:47:39 BDT
Lazaros K. says:
Thank you for your message.It is always gratifying for me to know that I share the same views with other true cinema lovers.As far as your generous remark goes,I can only promise that I shall continue to write my opinion about "the 7th art's products" uninfluenced by any promotional tools whatsoever.
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