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'I awoke this morning with a tumescent glow!',
This review is from: Robin Hood - Extended Director's Cut [DVD] (DVD)
Can I begin by saying that there is absolutely no reason to compare this with the schmaltzy Kevin Costner movie Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves  [DVD]. The two are light years apart, and as you'd expect from a Ridley Scott film this is far grittier and miles more atmospheric, although it is far from po-faced and is actually quite lighthearted in places.
Russell Crowe is predictably one-dimensional in his portrayal of Robin Longstride, archer to Richard the Lionheart, who finds himself taking on another identity in order to spare an old man's (a superb Max Von Sydow) pride. Thus we have an alternative idea of how the Robin Hood myth came about, and on the whole it's a good, pacy action-oriented romp.
Mark Strong excels as evil henchman to King John - the scar-faced Godfrey, whilst Mark Addy (despite a fast-growing resemblance to the late Terry Scott) was born to play the less than pious Friar Tuck. Cate Blanchett makes a fine feisty Marian, and the actors playing the other outlaws all slot in nicely. Overall this is a decent enough addition to the ever-growing canon of Robin Hood adaptations, and with Scott's masterly handling Crowe isn't at all bad as the titular outlaw.