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Birth of a legend. Following King Richard's death in France, archer Robin Longstride, along with Will Scarlett, Alan-a-Dale and Little John, returns to England. They encounter the dying Robert of Locksley, whose party was ambushed by treacherous Godfrey, who hopes to facilitate a French invasion of England. Robin promises the dying knight he will return his sword to his father Walter in Nottingham. Here Walter encourages him to impersonate the dead man to prevent his land being confiscated by the crown, and he finds himself with Marian, a ready-made wife. Hoping to stir baronial opposition to weak King John and allow an easy French take-over, Godfrey worms his way into the king's service as Earl Marshal of England and brutally invades towns under the pretext of collecting Royal taxes. Can Robin navigate the politics of barons, royals, traitors, and the French? Written by
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Though it is in some aspects a prequel, at the same time it's a re-imagining of the legend of Robin Hood. It helps explain the known legend a little but there are some things that wouldn't line up. In my opinion that's a good thing.
Many people, like Ebert, are attacking the movie for being original and not following the legend, but seriously, do we need the exact same story told over and over again? I don't think so, it is necessary sometimes to change up a story, to keep it interesting. I'm not saying anything bad about the original story, cause I really do enjoy it, just saying maybe this is the reason people are seemingly afraid to create new stories. It seems every movie now is the same as the last, remakes and sequels, and even though this one was a "remake" sort-a-speak it still had the balls to me original, and for that I applaud it.
To the film itself now.
Easily some of the best fight scenes in a long time. very well directed (though a little too heavy on the slow mo), and actually from some of the reviews (like eberts) I expected much more fight scenes, but it was actually pretty minimal and were needed for the story.
Overall it was well written, as I said good balance in fight scenes, not too many, also the love story didn't take over as much as I thought it was going to, which is also a good thing. And the dialog was well written as well.
Directing was very good, maybe not Oscar worthy but nomination worthy as of now.
Russell Crowes performance was good, but nothing special for him. Same with Cate Blanchette, I could see her getting a nomination because she is always spectacular, but it wasn't outstanding for her. The true stand out performances come from William Hurt and Mark Strong, I could see either of them getting a best supporting actor nomination from one of the award shows.
The best part of the film however is the cinematography, which is definitely Oscar worthy, or at least nomination worthy, very beautiful pictures.
Overall definitely worth seeing, for most people. Id say the best way of gauging if you would like it is to watch Gladiator, if you like that you should like this, and if you are not a fan id stay away from robin hood, very similar with the drama with some action mixed in.
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