I went to see the new Robin Hood film with Russell Crowe last night. In my opinion it just wasn’t for me. I didn’t enjoy it, nor did the film immerse me into the world of Robin Hood. The film was around 2h 30 mins long. I don’t mind long films but when you’re rather bored then time sort of drags. I was very aware that Russell Crowe was basically playing his Maximus role in this film, although not quite as cool. The Sheriff of Nottingham was reduced to a bumbling fool in this film – how I longed for Alan Rickman to make an appearance!  The ever watchable Mark Strong who plays the main villian was probably the best thing. The ever dependable Cate Blanchett as reliable as ever. The movie looks great under the direction of Ridley Scott, however the story line was just boring. Discovering the origins of Robin Hood could have been such an exciting experience, however it was reduced to cheesy jokes and cringing “rousing” speeches that seem to turn a whole country around in 40 seconds. It was at the end of the movie, that it starts getting exciting, however for me it was too little too late. To be honest I prefer the Kevin Costner version – Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. But this is just my opinion, i’m sure others will disagree.

Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe

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