Robin Hood (2010): Movie Review

The new rendition of Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, is not about Robin Hood, Marion, Friar Tuck, or any other of the Merry Men.  It is a slick, swashbuckling, lotta-fun popcorn flick with characters of those same names.  Fans of the period genre are advised to go in a lighthearted mood and enjoy the inside jokes (e.g. a Princess Bride reference), plus a hodgepodge of cliched plot devices including traumatic childhood flashbacks (First Knight), uniting the country against a common enemy (Braveheart, The Patriot), and little lost boys in the woods (Peter Pan).  Also, try not to get too hung up on historical details.  Russell Crowe is winning, and you can’t beat Cate Blanchett as a more-worldly-than-usual Marion.  Several of the supporting characters are intriguing, but could be better developed.  Go for fun, but don’t hold your breath for any merry men living in the woods; we might see more of that in the sequel the producers have set themselves up for.

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