First reviews begin for Ridley Scott's Robin Hood
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Favourable mention of Crowe as Robin, but a few fundamental flaws...
Inevitably the first leaks are coming out from the NYC screening of Ridley Scott's Robin Hood yesterday. Latino Review features a very detailed account of the movie from 'Jade', who has this to say about Crowe as Robin Hood:
"Crowe once again gives a solid performance and I bought his version of Robin Hood hook line and sinker. Here is a man who is not sure who he is and through a traumatic incident, has trouble recalling his origins. He's just a common archer who has grown tired of fighting, but after witnessing the unfair treatment of his people by their King he is compelled to act. For the first time in a long while, the budding romance between Robin and Marian feels genuine. She doesn't like him right away and though we've seen that reaction before they feel like two souls who didn't realize they were missing something until they find each other."
The reviewer also gives good marks to supporting actors Cate Blanchett, Kevin Durand, Scott Grimes and Mark Strong.
On the negative side, Jade notes: [possible mild spoilers]
"The method in which the French army land reminded me of the Omaha beach battle of Normandy that opened Saving Private Ryan, a film that Scott ripped off more than once in terms of cinematography. Don't get me wrong, Scott gives us an exciting battle, but the geography of it feels weird. One moment, Robin is on horseback suggesting they use their archers on the high cliff behind them, the next moment he's up there with said archers and the next he's back on the shore. How did Robin and his soldiers go up and down a high cliff on horses so fast? There's also the fact that despite some good villains and a meaty story, our heroes never feel like they're in any real danger. They speak of the fall of their country and the threat of invasion through exposition, but we know in the end everything will turn out alright."
If you do go to the link below, you are definitely going to get loads of spoilers, so be warned...
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