Sunday, 12 September 2010

Robin Hood 2010

I've been pleasantly surprised by the latest Robin Hood. I expected it to be far far worse, actually. The acting does appear rigid at times, but casting, costume and, well, grit, do deliver. Especially the role of Marion, which has been manhandled into the ranks of one very pissed off old virgin :) Fat friar, the sleazy sheriff, old Walter, they were all delightful. If you look close enough, there's quite a lot of talk of sex :))
          Two things take the cake above much of all other films recently seen (bar perhaps, of course, Avatar): the photography is superb (the scene where title appears to begin with) 

and bits of realism are overwhelming.. Some text is remarkably true-to-life. (About a horde of thousands of scared Englishmen crossing the Chanel?.. and a woman be in need of a husband to be worth anything at all..)  Even just the scene where Marion, naively, charges Godfrey on the shore, forgetting she's just a very feisty lady, but he is a professional soldier and above that, she's a lot, lot less heavy than he is. He pulls her off and basically just lets her armor drown her as he aims to stab her through the vizier. Armor was a bit of a bother in marine battles. Folk sank like stone. A knight could drown in a puddle.

Problem is, such a man is indeed magnificent to behold, but very, very soon a woman begins to think - I don't want this next fight to be his last. Let him stay with me, at home, get fat and clumsy, getting no more than his thumb hammered in his growing age. A warrior is all fine and cool to fancy, but not when you expect to live above 30.

Of course all the juddering camerawork, the battles which at times feel like a Saving Private Ryan in more iron, the emotionally unresponsive wooden male lead and the slightly confusing, politically-heavy/ideologically-black&white narrative, don't quite work for most movie fans, who grew up rooting for either Kevin Costner or Alan Rickman, or laughing at the Men in tights, ("...Because unlike other Robin Hoods, I can speak with an *English* accent.."). But I thought it would be a lot worse. I've seen it twice now and am in need of a far better copy. The 'Fate Has Smiled upon Us' song is also nice for my Mp3 'walkaround the errands' playlist. 

And one more bit... I am not sure I was the only one, but I loved the ruins in the story... The gate that leads to Peper Harow, which was once obviously a far more impressive structure..  The name itself means 'Pagan temple'. It's a private village nowadays - like it was in the old days :D Lean tower ruin when the camera follows the army about to face the invading french, and down to the hill-side-canvas white horse (though not quite as enchanting as the Uffington one), erected by the extinct druids, stoned on mead :D
             People tend to forget how magical old Britain used to be..


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Watch robin hood 2010 full movie free on zmovies now. Bottom line is, that this movie was a waste of time. Maybe not AS big a waste as Avatar, but a waste nonetheless. I couldn't hear what the characters were saying, there were too many long talking scenes, the battles were confusing as to who was fighting who and why. The best moments in the movie where 1. when you can see the arrow leaving Robin Hood's bow in extreme slow motion, and 2. when the King screams in the weirdest way possible, "I declare him to be an OUTLAAAAAW!!" (It still cracks me up). Other than that, this movie is not worth seeing. It just doesn't work. Click losmovies watch movies free now.

Russell Crowe seems to fat, too old, and too uninteresting to present a romantic or convincing Robin Hook to the screen. He tries to pull it off like an athletic shot-putter in what should be a ballet. Robin Hood should not be played like a gladiator. Gee, Sly Stallone could do same ( just as bad a job) as Crowe did for 10% of Russell's pay!The producers should have signed someone 20 years younger. .

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I'm surprised by the performance of Academy Award Winners Ridly Scott, Cate Blanchett, and Russell Crowe. This movie is a disgrace to them. I have 3 reasons why this movie is bad. 1. Very boring 2. Has stuff that the watcher doesn't need to know about 3. A Disgrace. I got so flicked off at the end of the movie i just wanted to go up on the screen and tear it down. This movie felt like it was 5 hours long!!! I wasn't the only one asleep. I heard someone snoring in the front seat of me. It about a person who fights and becomes a hero and later his name turns in to Robin Hood. Come on actors/actresses try again! I'll give this a 2/10

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