Robin Hood 2010 version is Ridley Scott’s interpretation of the legendary fable…robbing Peter to pay Paul with a flair for nationalistic pride for the homeland. The film was premiered at Cannes Festival 2010.
Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe) is a common archer in the Third Crusade during the12th century England. Following the death of Richard the Lionheart in battle, Robin and three other common soldiers, Alan A’Dale, Will Scarlett, and Little John, decide to return to England after being abroad for ten years.. They are ambushed by the Royal guard commanded by Sir Godfrey (Mark Strong), on the way.
Sir Godfrey is chased off by Robin and his companions. Aiming to return to England safely and rich, Robin and his men steal the armour of the slain Knights and reach for the English ships posing as noblemen. After the battle, Robin promises a dying Knight, Sir Robert Loxley, to return a sword to the man’s father in Nottingham.
After reaching England, Robin assumes the identity of Loxley, and is chosen to inform the Royal family of the King’s death and witnesses the crowning of King John (Oscar Isaac), younger brother of Richard. The arrogant King John shows no remorse to his poor Kingdom and demands harsh taxes to be collected, sending Sir Godfrey off to the North with the task of raising revenue. However, Sir Godfrey is an agent of the French King and uses this Royal Decree to stir up enough unrest, using French Troops, to cause Civil War in England.
Robin and his companions head to Nottingham, where Loxley’s father Sir Walter (Max von Sydow) asks him to continue impersonating his son, in order to prevent the family lands being taken by the crown. Loxley’s widow, Lady Marion (Cate Blanchett), is initially distrustful of Robin, but soon warms to him when he recovers taxed grain for the townsfolk to plant.
The rest of the incidents depict Robin’s heroics and how the English become victorious.
Russel Crowe is as confident and convincing as ever. He has a wide range of thespian talents. Cate Blanchet is vivacious and essays her role with aplomb. Mark Strong wades through his character to spew enough venom. Danny Huston looks like real royal. Matthew Macfadyen as the sheriff steals the show. Oscar Isaac as the cruel prince is quite credible. All others fit their author-backed roles.
Ridley Scott has a water-tight screenplay and enough thrills. But, as he took the format of a Gladiator-like realistic look, the seriousness of narration gives an impression of belittling the entertainment value of the fabled Robin Hood. Technically, it is a well made film and Scott uses a palette of different hues and a rainbow of emotions.
Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood portrayed by Russel Crowe is worth a look-in.
The Cast and Crew
Russell Crowe Cate Blanchett, Max von Sydow, William Hurt, Mark Strong, Oscar Isaac, Danny Huston, Eileen Atkins, Mark Addy, Matthew Macfadyen,Kevin Durand, Scott Grimes, Alan Doyle, Douglas Hodge, Léa Seydoux
Director: Ridley Scott
Writers (WGA): Brian Helgeland (screenplay)
Brian Helgeland (story)
3.25 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar