Thursday, October 21, 2010

Robin Hood (2010)

Director: Ridley Scott. Cast: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Max von Sydow, William Hurt, Mark Strong, Danny Huston, Mark Addy. 156 min. Rated PG-13. US/UK. Epic/Historical.

This was confusing. Never seen a prequel made before the ... sequel? original? post-prequel? Ridley Scott's version reminded me of the Dracula dilemma: If the Prince of Thieves can be twisted and manipulated with such wide variability each time, what was the real Robin Hood all about? (As though Dracula or Robin Hood really existed.) As great an actor he is, I had some difficulty picturing an old chubby Russell Crowe as Robin; as opposed to Blanchett, who works fine as Lady Marion - or any other role. Scream to high heaven: I still like the Kevin Costner version best.

(Trivia: This was Ridley Scott's fifth collaboration with Russell Crowe, after Gladiator, A Good Year, American Gangster, and Body of Lies. Apparently being obsessed with certain actors is a family trait: His brother Tony Scott is also preparing his fifth collaboration with Denzel Washington in Unstoppable, after working together on Crimson Tide, Man on Fire, Deja Vu, and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.)

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