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on 11 December 2017
gripping
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on 4 October 2017
Ridley Scott should be ashamed of this one. A Rambling badly paced film. Plot is confused and poorly developed. Good actors are completely wasted in underdeveloped roles with dreadful lines. The dialogue coach should have been sacked as every single accent in it is just awful. Mr Crowe in particular is painful to listen to. Looking at the cast and the story it is based on this should have been a fantastic movie. It is not. It is a confused disorganised badly executed waste of two and a half hours of your life. Avoid.
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on 12 October 2017
Total waste of time. Really boring storyline and a stupid battle at the end that made no sense. Why confront the French on the beach in hand to hand combat when you still have Archers on the high ground that could have won it by themselves? Why sacrifice men when the opposing army can be killed from a distance? Er.......yes I am a longbow Archer. Crowe was super wooden and the film was awful. One star rating is a complement.
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on 13 December 2017
The story is set "at the turn of the 12th Century" so a long time before the Hundred Years War. However watching this film would have been a good preparation for a century of armed conflict because it seems interminable.

Part of the discomfort is created by absurd accents used by the actors. Russell Crowe uses a bit of everything - Irish, Welsh, North of England, even a bit of sing song dialogue from goodness knows where. In addition some of the music seems to have been borrowed from the "Titanic" soundtrack of sort-of-Irish traditional. The whole effect is comically and catastrophically bad.

Sir Ridley is a master of stunning visuals. He should try listening to the soundtrack sometime.
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on 10 April 2016
it's as if scott had crowe forced upon him so allowed the film to crumble. crowe does irish, scottish, yorkshire and cockney in one line of dialogue. i did like the twisted history and the choice of prequel to the hood yarn, but oh what a stinker.
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on 27 April 2013
'That we have a hand in the laws we make.' The ultimatum to the vulnerable King from the men of the land. To empower every man. This tyrannical coalition under which we now live in the UK, ripping through the handicapped unemployed, is even further from its people than the diabolical King John. They fought for King John and were victorious. He betrayed them. Robin Hood was born.

Politics makes laws. And outlaws. We now live behind a veil of media. Those who have great wealth are pummelling the working classes. Remove the work and remove their dignity. There is no sense that the government is of the people. It is for the Crown. Aristocracy. Control.

Ridley Scott's film captures the anxiety and excitement of a time when even the Crown was under threat. The French invaders. Now Whitehall is totally secure. The Police are well paid and highly armed with technology and fortress headquarters. Helicopters. The workers but a shadow of the striking power of the past. And credit enslaves us. In silence.

I watched If.... [1968] [DVD] last night and felt the spirit of the 1960s. 'When do we get to live?' says the protagonist in that film. Only when we all decide how our local area should be. Everybody working. For everybody.
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on 30 October 2010
A good movie, but it didn't need to go on for 2 and a half hours!
They also got the name of Robin wrong in this film: they called him Robin Longstride.

However, this was generally a good movie and i would recommend it to any Robin Hood fans!
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on 23 November 2017
Good film to watch if you don't care too much about the inaccurate details of English history.
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HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERon 20 December 2010
Despite a convoluted and tortuous pre-production history and the participation of two of the biggest bigheads in the business, Ridley and Russell's Robin Hood is a surprisingly impressive and enjoyable medieval epic that manages to find a new string for the old longbow by placing a prequel to the Hooded Man's outlaw days in a relatively accurately drawn Middle Ages with some contemporary relevance. Admittedly it's going to mean a lot more to British and European audiences, but it's hard not to notice that in its unloving royal siblings Richard (a gruff and bluff Danny Huston) and John (an impressive Oscar Isaac) there's more than a little Tony Blair - vain, bankrupting his abandoned country in unnecessary foreign wars and delusionally regarding himself as a pretty straight kind of guy yet quick to punish anyone who tells him the truth - and Gordon Brown - a petty and spiteful ruler who briefly wins over his people with promises he promptly drops as soon as his throne is secure and is woefully inadequate at turning the economy around. The film even uses the infamous political kiss-of-death phrase 'resigning to spend more time with his family' when honest chancellor William Marshall (William Hurt, looking surprisingly like the director) finds himself out of a job.

There are more nods to James Goldman than Errol Flynn here: Eleanor of Aquitaine gets a few bits of Lion in Winterish sniping without the barbed wit (though John's retort "Spare me your farmyard memories, mother: they're not real and I don't understand them" comes close) while the film begins, like Robin and Marion, with Robin and Little John in the King's bad books for being a bit too honest as the Lionheart loots his way back from the Crusades. There's an even stronger element of Martin Guerre to the tale as well as it finds a plausible explanation for Robin's twin origins as the peasant Robin Longstrides and the dispossessed noble Robin of Locksley, doing a neat job of tying in the origins of the Magna Carta and civil disobedience to the legend in the process.

There's plenty of action too, ending with not one but two big battles, though the grand finale is a bit too Saving Private Robin at times and Cate Blanchet's presence leading a small band of feral children in the climax seems a clumsy contrivance to put her in jeopardy merely so she can be rescued (she's far more convincingly placed heroically centre stage in a raid on her village). Throughout, the money's on the screen, with little apparent CGI - the sets, while not extravagant, have weight to them - and if it could use a few more extreme long shots at times, it makes good use of the British landscape for once. Thankfully Scott doesn't overdo the stylistics or the MTV editing here, settling for good old-fashioned storytelling and even throwing in that long-absent favorite, the burning map montage sequence. As for Crowe, while his accent briefly makes a detour to Newcastle before settling in Barnsley for an initially ill-advised Michael Parkinson impersonation (so much so you almost expect him to say "So, Richard - this Crusades business. Bit of a lark or is there a more serious side to it?"), but luckily he grows in stature alongside the character. And satisfyingly, this film is a real journey, not just from France to England but from opportunist to idealist to legend as Robin's progress mirrors that of the character's evolution from the thug of the early ballads to the champion of the oppressed of modern lore.

While it isn't as good or as ambitious as Kingdom of Heaven, this Robin Hood is still surprisingly damn good entertainment. Unfortunately Universal have decided to treat DVD buyers as second-class citizens again in an attempt to get them to upgrade to BluRay, giving them only the extended (by 16 minutes) cut, which gives more time to the feral children and adds a brief action scene and a comic scene between Robin and Marion but offers no major structural changes as per the Kingdom of Heaven director's cut, and leaving the original theatrical version and the choice extras for the BluRay. Just to rub salt in the wounds, aside from the picture-in-picture featurettes on the theatrical version, the extras disc on the BD release is actually a DVD disc, meaning they could have easily included the 10 deleted scenes with introduction by editor Pietro Scalia, one-hour documentary Rise and Rise Again, 6 TV spots, teaser trailer and full theatrical trailer on a two-disc release. The BD also has a picture-in-picture series of featurettes and interviews running sporadically throughout the theatrical version of the movie.
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on 1 June 2014
It would seem that Ridley Scott and Robin Hood would be a perfect match especially when it reunited him with Russell Crowe after their great success together with Gladiator, as well as the inclusion of Cate Blanchett as Maid Marion. Unfortunately while the acting is good and the film features some beautiful landscape, the films features very little action and some really dull storytelling; better off sticking with Prince of Thieves I think.
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