Robin Hood: Movie Review

Everybody knows who Robin Hood is; the thief who steals from the rich people and give the loot to the people. Together with him are the Merry Men. He wears tights and hood to conceal himself and his main arsenal is the bow and arrow. Traditionally, those are the qualities of this character. However, not a single one of them really knows how Robin Longstride became Robin Hood. In this movie starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, the long-known character is given a new birth and identity. Although literally, we are still talking about "Robin Hood" but there are more characteristics of this legendary and heroic character which were taken off just to provide the viewers a new sense of heroism, sensibility as well as fun. Let us go into some details of the movie.

The Budget
Approximately, the movie "Robin Hood" by Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett together with Ridley Scott (American Gangster) and the renowned screenwriter Brian Helgeland ("Green Zone") had a budget of $130 million to produce the film. The question is, was the budget enough to produce a good movie under the Robin Hood franchise? As for the movie with this caliber, the budget must have just been enough to cover everything. However, it doesn't mean that the budget can really make the movie better if it were a bit higher than the estimated budget.

The Leading Actor and Actress
Cate Blanchett never loses her charm in front of the camera and still has the characteristic of an Oscar Winner for being a good actress. Thus, she is fitting to play the role of Lady Marion and she really played it well. On the other hand, Russell Crowe is a bit old to play the role of the haggard, robust and ever active Robin Hood. If this movie were shot right after the shooting of "Gladiator" maybe Russell may have had acted better in action and better fitting to play this role. However, since he has advanced in age already, I find him rather unfit for this movie. Nonetheless, he still is a good actor with his own style.

The Action and Dialogues
Unlike the previous movies of the same genre, this movie fell short in action and had too much dialogue. Perhaps, it wanted to convey the meaning of heroism and love more than anything else. But this does not mean that it is not worth-watching any longer. So long as it is Russell Crowe on the screen, action scenes seem natural and realistic even with the lack thereof. You will be satisfied how Russell did all the terrific action stunts. The drama can be contributed to Cate Blanchett though.

The Plot
Well, the whole story is not really how good Robin Hood to his people is or how rebellious he is to the authorities. This movie didn't dwell much on the traditional story of Robin Hood but rather, it seeks to introduce his true nature and the reason behind why he became Robin Hood. It also focuses more on the love story between him and Lady Marion and touches more political issues in his time which anyone can relate to the political issues of today's world.

The Bottom Line
In short, this movie is rather unique compared with other Robin Hood movies in the past. Therefore, it is worth your time and appreciation. Thanks to the brilliant minds of Ridley Scott and Brian Helgeland as well as to the outstanding performances of Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett.

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