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Pair of early reviews come in on Ridley Scott's ROBIN HOOD!

Published at: April 22, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST by headgeek

Hey folks, Harry here - well these two reviews certainly bring expectations down a bit, but then I haven't been really feeling much of what we've seen thus far. But I'm still anxious to see Ridley's ROBIN HOOD. I remember I went to see the Kevins ROBIN HOOD PRINCE OF THIEVES after local critics completely thrashed it. And while it is nowhere near the awesome of Flynn's ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD - I was surprisingly OK with Costner's turn. I have no idea what I'm going to think of this. But the criticisms in both reviews kinda supports some of my thoughts about the footage we've seen thus far. We'll see soon enough...

Hey Harry, I am a fan of your site and used to live in Austin while I was in college, but moved back to Dallas once I graduated. They had a screening of Robin Hood last night and I thought I would put in my two cents since I haven't read any reviews of it on your website. I'm warning you now, this is a negative review. If you use this at all, call me Mr. Midnight. Imagine Gladiator was a person...a male. Gladiator one day was walking along a street and accidentally bumped into a woman. That woman's name...let's call her Kingdom of Heaven (theatrical cut). Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven dated a few times, fell in love, and got married. On their wedding night, they had their ritual wedding fuck and nine months later, popped out a baby boy. That baby boy had the personality of Gladiator, but basically had all the looks and features of Kingdom of Heaven (theatrical cut). They named that baby Robin Hood. Because that's what Robin Hood is...a movie that completely rips off Ridley Scott's two better films, and while it may be a cut above the theatrical version of Kingdom of Heaven, it is in no way in the same ballpark of Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven (director's cut). It's as if Ridley Scott got a check to do this movie, said "fuck it," hired Russell Crowe, and told him, "Look, this worked once before, just do your thing whenever I yell action, heck, even completely rip off your Maximus performance, I throw in a cliched boring action sequence or two, and we will make the big bucks box office wise." Uh, you are wrong Mr. Scott. Robin Hood, while not a horrible movie, is a complete mess, and even though the film is a month away, the film I saw was 100% completed, which means don't hope for something else on the screen when you see it in May. Part of the problem with this movie is that it tells the origin story of Robin Hood. And while some would argue that it is unique to tell that story instead of another hackneyed story where he steals from the poor, gives to the rich, all the while trying to avoid the Sheriff of Nottingham and King John, the execution of this story makes it beg the differ. Any Robin Hood tale you see, whether it ranges from Disney's interpretation to Dave Chappelle being Little John, to Kevin Costner being a giant douchebag, all of those films have a 'Robin Hood' type feel to them. This movie, feels like I am watching a fucking sequel to Gladiator. Every shot, every camera angle, every blow to the head, every word coming out of Crowe's mouth SCREAMS Gladiator. The confusing storyline, partially blamed by the films editing, and crusade shit, is where Kingdom of Heaven (theatrical cut) sticks it's head in and waves hello. In this movie, Robin Hood is basically fighting for Sir Richard the Lionheart against France. He talks down to Sir Richard the Lionheart one night and he and his friends, including Little John, are imprisoned just outside the battle stuck on those wooden things you see in other medieval movies. Well, Richard the Lionheart gets killed the next day in battle, Robin Hood escapes, says 'fuck this shit' and heads out. Little does Robin know that the King of France has allies on England's side, including the main main villian Godfrey (played by Kick-Ass's Mark Strong), who tries to intercept the dead king's crown on its way back to Richard's son John, who will now be king. By the way, it doesn't really explain why they need the crown, because crown or no crown, John will be king. I guess it was just that Godfrey had been sent to kill the king but the job was already done for him and returning the crown to John was a way to show loyalty...ah who cares? Anyway, Robin intercepts them, gets the crown, but doesn't get Godfrey in time. A dying man that Godfrey's men ambushed asks Robin to deliver his sword to his father in Nottingham so that his sins may be erased or whatever. So Robin agrees and him and his men go to Nottingham where he meets the dying man's father, who is the ruler of Nottingham, and he also meets the dying man's wife Lady Marion played by Cate Blanchett (we know how that plot line turns out). So anyway, the rest of the movie deals with Godfrey's betrayal of King John and how Godfrey tries to lead France's army to defeat England, a country so divided that France doesn't think it stands a chance...or will Robin Hood make it so? All of this leads up to when Robin Hood is proclaimed an outlaw and finally becomes who he is in legend. One thing I really think is important to tell you is that the trailers to this movie COMPLETELY MISLEADS THE AUDIENCE. Every trailer I have seen, every God damn TV spot that's been aired on television, shows action after action after action after action...after action. The TV spots all basically show the first short battle at the beginning of the movie, and the last battle, which really isn't all that long either. THOSE ARE REALLY THE ONLY TWO BIG ACTION SEQUENCES IN THE MOVIE, along with some minor ambushes. At two hours and ten minutes, you have maybe about twenty minutes of action, and an hour and fifty minutes of lame story, exposition, romance, and Russell Crowe talking like Maximus. So if you are walking into this movie expecting another Gladiator, I'm sorry to say that in the end, you will be sitting on one of those donut things, because you just got raped in the ass. I'm talking George Lucas childhood raping in the ass. If you go in expecting the theatrical version of Kingdom of Heaven, you might come out liking it. But in this movie, when Little John is a big muscular dude, and he explains the reason why he is called Little John is because he has a tiny penis, you know something went wrong with Brian Hedgeland's screenplay. Not all of the movie is bad. Every single locale shot is very beautiful. The cinematography in this thing is excellent and will probably be the only thing that the movie will be remembered for. The musical score is good as well, but not very memorable. The acting is good as a whole, if you leave Crowe's ripped off Academy Award performance out of the picture. Especially Cate Blanchett, who will manage to come out of this thing okay. It's just that the story is really lame and instead of this feeling like an actual Robin Hood movie, you basically get Gladiator/theatrical version Kingdom of Heaven's love child. You don't get the feel of Robin Hood until the last five minutes of the film. The beginning battle was cool, especially the way they blew up the main castle gate, and the ending scene has a few moments, but like I said, nothing memorable at all. The film is completely fucking boring in the middle and even though it picks up at the end, it is not enough to deem it a recommendation.

Then there's this from The Lone Ranger

Hi Harry, here's a review of "Robin Hood". “Robin Hood” by “The Lone Ranger” Apparently, behind-the-scenes turbulence of bringing “Nottingham” to the screen took its toll on this latest incarnation of the “Robin Hood” legend. Actually written as a “prequel” to the more-familiar story, Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood” is a surprisingly dull and choppy origin film that adds little compelling to the canon and even comes out as a lesser effort than Kevin Costner’s much-derided film. Borrowing from his own “Knight’s Tale”, Helgeland’s screenplay casts Russell Crowe as Robin Longstride, a common archer coming back from the Crusades with his friends after the death of King Richard when fate enters by having them come across the aftermath of an ambush by nasty Mark Strong (here playing a villain again for the third time in almost as many months) that gives them wealth, the crown of King Richard, and the sword of Sir Roger Locksley. Crowe resolves to honor Locksley’s dying wish to return the sword to his father and assuming his name and knighthood, takes the crown to decadent King John (Oscar Issac, doing a nice Rufus Sewell riff) then to Walter Locksley (Max Von Sydow) who drafts Crowe as his “son” in order to keep his daughter (Cate Blanchett) Marian’s estate from being taken after his death. As this is a “prequel”, there’s little of the familiar tale we know. Instead, the plot mostly revolves around Strong preparing the way for a coming French invasion and King John dithering about how to save his throne when he’s not banging a cutie French Princess who wants to be queen. Sydow reveals that Crowe’s father was a “visionary” stonemason who believed the King had rights to his subject and got beheaded for his efforts, so Crowe is knightly in spirit, if not necessarily in title. (Sound familiar?) After more Mark Strong nastiness (the Sheriff of Nottingham is a comic and mostly absent character here), the film winds up with the French invading and Crowe, along with William Hurt (who looks great but doesn’t have much to do) leading the English forces to defeat the French. Crowe’s reward for this is inexplicably to be declared a traitor and outlaw by the King and forced to retreat to Sherwood Forest so we can get on with the rest of the tale. Scott’s virtues as a filmmaker are on view in the look and design of the film, but it all feels terribly second-hand somehow. Crowe and Blanchett have zero chemistry together and Crowe mostly just looks sullen by himself. Of the remaining cast, nobody really stands out except Sydow who’s still stealing scenes even at his age and Isaac, who definitely has the cutest girl in the film and gets to chew the scenary and wake the audience up every now and then. Considering the stories about the film’s troubled production, I don’t know whether the film could ever have been good, but as it, it’s got to rank as one of the biggest disappointments of the season. I guess old Kevin’s finally gotten the last laugh…

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  • April 22, 2010, 10:18 p.m. CST

    FIRST!!!!!!!!

    by mikeysquirrel

    I always wanted to do that!! Yay, me!

  • April 22, 2010, 10:21 p.m. CST

    There should be a Rocket Robin Hood movie

    by mikeysquirrel

    Seriously. That would be so awesome yet so messed up.

  • April 22, 2010, 10:22 p.m. CST

    blah blah blah OOUUUUUTTTLAAAAAAAAAAAWWWW!!!

    by HaterofCrap

    that commercial annoys me

  • April 22, 2010, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I kind of figured this would be a big letdown ...

    by Toe Jam

    It's rare for Ridley Scott to misfire twice in a row. (I was rather disappointed by "Body of Lies.") I'm happy to hear I'm not the only one who thinks the director's cut of "Kingdom of Heaven" is a totally different film from the theatrical version. I'm not even sure what differences there are between the two, but I just remember not liking the movie at all when I saw it as a new-release DVD, but rather liking it when I watched the Blu-ray director's cut last year.

  • April 22, 2010, 10:33 p.m. CST

    This is gonna rock

    by VFXpert

    The trailer looks awesome - Ridley will be back in form here. Feel free to hate other movies...

  • April 22, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Ridley go back to Sci-fi...

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    before you die!

  • April 22, 2010, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Ridley Scott = Over-rated

    by SmokingRobot

    Oh yes.

  • April 22, 2010, 10:41 p.m. CST

    I guess I'll have to skip this one - I second the return to scif

    by Tapioca

    anyone know how the Alien Prequel is coming along?

  • April 22, 2010, 10:42 p.m. CST

    God damn, I love Alan Rickman.

    by Shermdawg

    Too bad he wasn't in this. Fucking spoons, man. Fucking spoons.

  • April 22, 2010, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Wonder if this will end up being another Kingdom of Heaven...

    by thedarklinglord

    Where the theatrical release is an incoherent clusterfuck while a vastly improved Director's Cut languishes on a shelf, only to be released after the movie tanks. Because Ridley Scott doesn't tend to make many missteps. In fact, I can't think of a single Ridley Scott movie that I feel totally blows. Tony Scott on the other hand... Well, there's no question who got all the talent in that family.

  • April 22, 2010, 10:44 p.m. CST

    My name is Robin Hood.

    by Thanos0145

    Make an Alien sequel or prequel Ridley.

  • April 22, 2010, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Ridley Scott overrated?

    by RPLocke

    Isn't this the same crowd that gushes over Blade Runner?

  • April 22, 2010, 10:54 p.m. CST

    The cut can make it or break it, just like Kingdom...

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    It could be a shitty movie like Kingdom of Heaven, or it could be a great movie Kingdom of Heaven: Director's Cut.<p><p>I'm expecting this to be a great movie soon, or within a couple years.

  • April 22, 2010, 10:56 p.m. CST

    However, I liked the original Nottingham concept.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • April 22, 2010, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Give me a fun Robin Hood over an epic one every time.

    by Chewtoy

    I don't begrudge people this kind of take, but I have no interest in it. I like Robin Hood as a action-adventure hero... Give me derring-do, scheming villains, lusty wenches, gorgeous maidens,a trickster hero and, hey, a focus on archery might be nice in a Robin Hood flick. Why is the Disney cartoon fox version the last one to make a big deal about him being a great archer?

  • April 22, 2010, 10:58 p.m. CST

    You liked Costner's "Robin Hood", Harry?

    by Holeman

    I must hate you now.

  • April 22, 2010, 11 p.m. CST

    I hope people will now realize Crowe isn't a great actor

    by Kal Reeve

    The guy is a one-note actor who once upon a time played that one note convincingly, but not so much any more.

  • April 22, 2010, 11:01 p.m. CST

    it's okay to post reviews of robin hood, but not ironman2?

    by cloudrider`

    well, that says it all, doesnt it?

  • April 22, 2010, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Time to go back to Sci-Fi, Sir Ridley

    by SkinJob69

    I'll still check this out, but come on, man. Time for Ridley to return to his sci-fi roots.

  • April 22, 2010, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Alan Rickman was the weak link

    by c4andmore

    in Costner's Robin Hood. He was over-acting the whole time, a classic example of a stage actor treating film like a state setting.

  • April 22, 2010, 11:14 p.m. CST

    oh, and

    by c4andmore

    I liked the film anyway.

  • April 22, 2010, 11:16 p.m. CST

    I can't wait to see this on the big screen.

    by GhostofLesterBangs

    I'm rarely disappointed by either Crowe or Scott. I'm there.

  • April 22, 2010, 11:20 p.m. CST

    I HAD A FEELING ABOUT THIS ONE...

    by uberman

    ROBIN HOOD, just in general, is...just...boring. I've never seen anything on film that would make me want to see a ROBIN HOOD movie. Nothing. Zip. Nada. As a kid I was bored by the Disney version, as a adult I was bored by the Costner version. The setting, the time, the story...is just intrinsically dull. Set it in space=dull. Set it underwater=dull. Make it into a porno=dull. If I ran a studio and they told me they had cloned Burton and Heston and Bryner and Crawford and wanted to make a 500,000,000,000 ultimate 3D lifelike hologram ROBINHOOD movie, I'd stretch my legs, yawn, and say, "What are you, dense? There is no friggin way I greenlight that tierd old story." Word.

  • April 22, 2010, 11:27 p.m. CST

    remake robin and marian

    by brabon300

    this time with shia labouf and dakota fanning....so that it makes absolutely no fucking sense, but earns billions

  • April 22, 2010, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Directors Cut

    by MajorUndeclared

    Wasn't this movie supposed to originally be from the Sheriff's perspective. As in, he's the good guy. I heard Crowe was supposed to play him. Then Ridley jumped the shark and made an unnecessary Robin Hood movie we've seen before.

  • April 22, 2010, 11:29 p.m. CST

    by GreenRiver

    Robin Hood and Little John Walkin' through the forest Laughin' back and forth At what the other'ne has to say Reminiscin', This-'n'-thattin' Havin' such a good time Oo-de-lally, Oo-de-lally Golly, what a day Never ever thinkin' there was danger in the water They were drinkin', they just guzzled it down Never dreamin' that a schemin' sherrif and his posse Was a-watchin' them an' gatherin' around Robin Hood and Little John Runnin' through the forest Jumpin' fences, dodgin' trees An' tryin' to get away Contemplatin' nothin' But escape an' fin'lly makin' it Oo-de-lally, Oo-de-lally Golly, what a day Oo-de-lally, Oo-de-lally Golly, what a day

  • April 22, 2010, 11:32 p.m. CST

    "Alan Rickman was the weak link"

    by Shermdawg

    So wrong. His "overacting" is what made that movie great. And really, it wasn't overacting AT ALL given the way The Sheriff was written.

  • April 22, 2010, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Harry you were "OK" with Costner's inability...

    by Keblar

    to maintain even a semblance of an appropriate accent? He "tried" to affect a dialect, what it was I have NO idea, but Someone on set should have quoted Yoda to him.

  • April 22, 2010, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Don't worry, 'Robin Hood: Director's Cut'

    by Gungan Slayer

    will be loads better, when it comes out next year.

  • April 22, 2010, 11:42 p.m. CST

    PRINCE OF THIEVES

    by HEADGEEK

    was a dreadfully watchable film. I think it was Bryan Adams. For some absurd reason in history - I was a huge Bryan Adams fan. Shameful, I know, but there was something about his crooning that just kinda did it for me. I also liked Kevin Reynold's direction, Alan Rickman's weirdness - the odd casting of Morgan Freeman. I don't know - though I kinda hate it, I kinda love it too. It just reminds me of that period in my life and it makes me smile.

  • April 22, 2010, 11:46 p.m. CST

    RIDLEY SCOTT SHOULD DO WORLD WAR Z!!!FACT!!!

    by TehCreepyThinMan

  • April 22, 2010, 11:47 p.m. CST

    I miss FUN swashbucklers

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    The two Antonio Banderas Zorro movies are the only period swashbucklers in the last 20 or so years which was actually FUN as fuck...light, witty, and charming. Imagine a new Zorro movir done with desaturated colors, shakey-cam swordfights, and a droning Ramen Noodles/Hans Gregson-Jablonsky score? Bring back the Robin Hood who was a dashing rogue with a twinkle in his eye and a wit as sharp as his arrows. I love Scott, but he's made this same fucking move twice now (look for the fourth iteration circa 2015, as they come once every half-decade like clockwork).

  • April 22, 2010, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Did you know that The Skipper played Little John in the '38 movi

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    LITTLE BUDDY...!

  • April 22, 2010, 11:48 p.m. CST

    e?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • April 22, 2010, 11:49 p.m. CST

    "Are you not entertained... again?"

    by Rocco Curioso

    I guess Crowe & Scott thought lightning would strike (in a similar place) twice. Guess again, mates. Opening it a week after "Iron Man 2" wasn't too shrewd either.

  • April 22, 2010, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Maid Marian dies in the end.

    by critch

    So says Dudewithsecrets.

  • April 23, 2010, 12:06 a.m. CST

    YOIKS...AND AWAY...! [whump]

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Yoiks...and away... [whump]<BR><BR>Yoikz...an'...aw-ay... [whump]

  • April 23, 2010, 12:22 a.m. CST

    What's with all the World War Z love?

    by RedJester

    World War Z, for me is like the equivalent of the Blair Witch Project. Unique enough to build a lot of hype in the moment, but once the moment is gone, it fails to leave a mark on the genre.

  • April 23, 2010, 12:24 a.m. CST

    I miss FUN swashbucklers

    by Sasson

    Nasty--They weren't really my thing, but what you describe sounds an awfully like the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

  • April 23, 2010, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Robin Hood in Time Bandits = the BEST Robin Hood

    by SlimButNotreally

    No question...that Robin Hood is the greatest of all time. One of my favorite scenes in film history.

  • April 23, 2010, 12:39 a.m. CST

    I have a dream and that dream is that...

    by Merlin_Ambrosius

    ...as much as I hate dubbing (I prefer subtitles), is that one day they will dub KC's "Robin Hood: Prince of Theives" with real British actors. Robbie Coltrane and Alan Rickman excluded. Seriously, I once watched 'Prince of Thieves, with the sound muted and was struck by how visually stunning the film was.

  • April 23, 2010, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Re: New Robin Hood... I know someone...

    by Merlin_Ambrosius

    ...who worked on the movie and she said that everyone loved working with Cate Blanchett and that the general consensus on Russell Crowe was that he was a huge egomaniacal dickhead who went off on everyone (like Christian Bale did in Terminator 4: Stinkfest Day, and the two actors did not get along that well. Having said that, I think I'll wait for the Director's Cut on DVD / Blu-Ray. Like others have said, Kingdom of heaven was a completely different movie! Besides, it's always good to watch Cate Blancett.

  • April 23, 2010, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Scott

    by cornholiosbungholio

    As far as I'm concerned, Scott gets a free pass for life for making Blade Runner and Kingdom of Heaven - The Director's Cut. When he makes stuff like Black Hawk Down and Alien, its just icing on the cake! I never had a hard-on for Crowe though. He was good in L.A. Confidential and Master and Commander, but I don't think he has earned his free pass yet!

  • April 23, 2010, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Variation on the story w/ Richard dead

    by BizarroJerry

    They've taken the one historically accurate part of some versions of Robin Hood -- in Richard's absence, his brother John tries to take control.<p>I also noticed the Crusades angle is missing. Now, granted, there are many variations of RH, but anyone think they may have decided that they may offend someone by having our hero fight in the Crusades against the Muslims in the holy land?

  • April 23, 2010, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Prince Of Thieves Rocks!

    by MANNZILLA

    Fucks The Haters

  • April 23, 2010, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry You Should Let Us Rate Comments Like Youtube

    by MANNZILLA

    You know like thumbs up, thumbs down

  • April 23, 2010, 1:01 a.m. CST

    This is a sequel aint it?

    by Lacobus

    The second reviewer I can get board with. He seems to have a point and he sticks to it. The movie sucks. <p> The first reviwer though, spends half the review slating the film for being to close to Gladiator, then the second half saying how don't expect another Gladiator. <p> Also this is a sequel. This was the movie they made instead of nick cave penned Gladiator 2. I fully expected it to be another Gladiator, THATS THE POINT. <P> Still gonna go into this with an open mind methinks.

  • April 23, 2010, 1:07 a.m. CST

    How the fuck do you rip-off your own films?

    by Wookie_Weed

    Seriously, that's like mugging yourself and stealing your iphone.

  • April 23, 2010, 1:08 a.m. CST

    'Repeat', not 'rip-off'

    by Wookie_Weed

    Word of the wise to the reviewers. Scott has repeated himself, not ripped-off his older films.

  • April 23, 2010, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Harry, don't apologize!

    by ltgalloway

    I liked Prince of Thieves despite my "knowing better". It's ok to enjoy a film on a different level than what your brain tells you, because that's the magic of cinema! If the film leaves you with a provoking experience, including nostalgia, it is worthy of your affection.

  • April 23, 2010, 1:16 a.m. CST

    I had a giant Prince of Theives poster on my wall.

    by theneonsamurai

    Somehow I turned out not gay.

  • April 23, 2010, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Told you this needed more Brian Adams music.

    by Mike_D

    nobody ever listens to me...NOW LOOK!

  • April 23, 2010, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Prince of Thieves poster too.

    by theneonsamurai

    Right next to the Prince of Theives, and Return of The Jdei

  • April 23, 2010, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Should've stuck with Sienna Miller

    by AlwaysThere

    That would have compelled me to see this.

  • April 23, 2010, 1:27 a.m. CST

    unfortunately the trailer would lead me

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    to believe these reviews

  • April 23, 2010, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Meh...

    by RadioZombie

    Great. Russell (I never met a man I didn't feel I should punch in the face) Crowe and a wheezy old Brit fairy tale combined to make another adventure film set in a boring past with no reason to exist except as a vehicle for a director whose talents are continually wasted and and an actor who I would turn the hose on if I saw him on my lawn. Have another Guinness and speak of the Commonwealth, I'll be having a Lone Star and waiting for the next Star Trek film...

  • April 23, 2010, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Harry - First Image of THOR here

    by james4543

    http://www.fanboyweb.com/?p=271

  • April 23, 2010, 1:46 a.m. CST

    "I'm talking George Lucas childhood raping in the ass."

    by yodalovesyou

    I've got just one thing to say to that... CUNT!

  • April 23, 2010, 2:08 a.m. CST

    WHAT?!?!

    by Anything But Tangerines

    This movie is garbage?!?!?!

  • April 23, 2010, 2:08 a.m. CST

    LOLLERSKATES!! Honestly.h. who DIDN'T think this would suck?

    by LargoJr

    You've got WAY too many virtually iconic performances that are a part of this subject matter... From Errol Flynn to Sean Connery.. and yes, even Kevin Costner (granted, he butchered it, but you're not going to soon forget it are you?). <p> Simply put, if you're going to do a 'prequel', it's still got to have the elements that the audience loved in the main story as well. Otherwise, whats the fucking point in even seeing the film or calling it "Robin Hood"? Why not "Crusades", or some such? <p> Finally, Russel Crow is largely overrated as both an actor & a lead. I've never liked him, and think his giving the camera 'a hairy eyeball' for the majority of his career is just boring, practically phoning it in.

  • April 23, 2010, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Cate Blanchett

    by thedarklinglord

    Am I the only one who finds her physically unappealing? I mean, she's not hideously ugly, but there's something about her facial features that just makes me squirm (and not in a good way) when I look at her. She CAN look beautiful. I've seen pictures where she does. But most every movie she's in has her looking distorted, ghoulish, or skin-crawlingly creepy as fuck. The only movie I can think of wherein she wasn't just pretty but actually "Goddamn, I wanna hit that" hot is Veronica Guerin. Which baffles the shit out of me, because I'm generally not a fan of short hair on women, but it seriously worked on her.

  • April 23, 2010, 2:20 a.m. CST

    I blame South Park

    by Anything But Tangerines

    The only thing Crowe is REALLY famous for is his hit show "Foitin 'round the world". You can't cage that guy in England with a bunch of fags shooting arrows anymore. Standards have changed.

  • April 23, 2010, 2:21 a.m. CST

    MASTER AND COMMANDER

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    Sorry...it needed to be said. No Mussel Crowe TB should go without a mention of that particularly glorious work of cinematic excellence. Peter Weir...please come back.

  • April 23, 2010, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Oh Brits, Get Over The Accent Thing...

    by Rebeck2

    Yes, Costner sucked at his half-assed attempt at a British accent - his voice in general is bad, have you listened to the Dances With Wolves voice-over recently? - but Prince Of Thieves was just a good fun time at the movies. It's as simple as that. It entertains. It has some good humor and some great derring-do, some wicked flying arrow shots, a very pretty and likable Maid Marian, and it all tops off with a cool-as-hell cameo. Yes, it's goofy, but so is Flash Gordon and I love that fucking movie too. Let it go already. It's not accurate, and who gives a shit?? Sean Connery plays a Russian sub commander with a Scottish burr. Repeat after me: Who...Gives...A...Shit.

  • April 23, 2010, 2:29 a.m. CST

    And Don't Even Get Me Started...

    by Rebeck2

    On Costner's Boston accent in Thirteen Days.

  • April 23, 2010, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Disregard that first review

    by THE_LAST_FISH_PUNCHER

    He has misunderstood the Little John/tiny penis line completely. It's a throwaway gag when some drunk guy's having a go at him in a tavern. I've also seen the movie and thought it was really enjoyable - no Gladiator maybe, but that doesn't mean it's bad.

  • April 23, 2010, 2:51 a.m. CST

    "he steals from the poor, gives to the rich"...

    by shaneo632

    LOLWUT. Anyway, thought this looked pony from day one. I am not at all surprised to hear it's wank.

  • April 23, 2010, 2:53 a.m. CST

    These reviews confirmed

    by D o o d

    what I thought already. Apart from Bladerunner and Alien I don't like Scotts films. If the cinematography is good then the cinematographer takes that credit.<p>As for russel crowe, he's the old sam worthington. boring, wet and one dimensional!

  • April 23, 2010, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Kingdom of Heaven director's cut

    by Anything But Tangerines

    DEMANDS your viewing if you haven't done so before. Practically the only thing wrong with it is Orlando Bloom and his Orlando Bloominess, He's not playing Balian - He's playing Orlando Bloom, but that's what you get with Orlando Bloom anyway and honestly who the fuck cares about Balian? I will personally slap you and call you a sonavabitch if you deny that Edward Norton playing a an ultra-badass leper king is not worth your time. Eva Green... Liam Neeson... Brendan Gleeson... Jeremy Irons... You sonuvabitch. Watch this movie or eat dog shit.

  • April 23, 2010, 3:33 a.m. CST

    So the trailers are accurate except that it's also really dull

    by JT Kirk

    Yeah, that's not a surprise in the least, but thanks for writing them reviews anyway guys. I plan on avoiding this one like the plague, but I had already made those plans long, long ago. <p>Prince of Thieves is an entertaining movie, it works for what it is, it's not trying to be something amazing, just a Robin Hood that is told in a movie with some decent settings and actors. It's a good cast and is paced well, there's a balance of romance and humor and adventure. It's not brilliant, but at least it knows what the fuck to do with a Robin Hood story, unlike this turkey we're talking about in here. I think there's too much blowback from Costner's ego period in general, even Waterworld was an entertaining movie (bloated though it may be). Yes, he makes overindulgent self-important pap from time to time, but not everything he does is that, it's just cheap to paint Prince of Thieves with the same brush some folks paint The Postman.

  • April 23, 2010, 3:39 a.m. CST

    SmokingRobot

    by AsimovLives

    Blade Runner alone would make Ridley Scott not overrated. And then he made other very good movies.

  • April 23, 2010, 3:41 a.m. CST

    I liked the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN's theatrical cut.

    by AsimovLives

    It was easy to see that a better movie was lurking somethere inside that movie. Which was proved in spades with the release of the director's cut. Of cours,e now whenever i think of the movie, i only think of the Director's cut. The theatrical cut is now a curio, but not the movie itself.

  • April 23, 2010, 3:44 a.m. CST

    I <3 Costner's Robin

    by NightAvatar

    Everybody loves to hate on PRINCE OF THEIVES but personally I really digged the film when I saw it in theaters as a teen. I think I was 18 or 19. It kicked my ass! I just saw it again a week or so ago on Blu-Ray and see the flaws but I can't deny I still have a great fondness for the film. Costner has great charisma and even though he doesn't even try to sound English (in the commentary track he admitted he regrets not going for the accent but at the time he didn't think he could do it so he dropped the notion) he makes a terrific Robin Hood.

  • April 23, 2010, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Both reviews were by 12 yr olds

    by umbral_shadow_

    I can't believe Harry went ahead with posting those "reviews". Anyone who knows anthing about Ridley Scott knows his films have slow build ups. Gladiator was snail-paced punctuated by action. All his films are slow punctuated by high octane action, and that's one of the things I love about Scott films. You don't get constant action every five minutes to appease the lowest common denominator. The Gladiator - KOH love child analogy makes no sense at all. ALL directors riff from their previous films. Avatar had more than a wiff of Aliens, but no one was complaining at the time. And y'know this is set in medieval times so of course its going to have some fucking similarities to KOH. Complaining about that is like complaining that a film set on Mars is too much like what's been done before because the planet looks red. Jeez. Harry I can't believe you were stupid enough to publish these retarded reviews. I've read some bad reviews from the average film watcher in my time but these two really take the biscuit.

  • April 23, 2010, 3:45 a.m. CST

    shit, that was supposed to read I HEART COSTNER'S ROBIN

    by NightAvatar

    Oh well. I guess the bracket + 3 didn't work.

  • April 23, 2010, 3:57 a.m. CST

    I actually liked the movie....

    by vanchimera

    But then again, I'm not a jaded fuck.

  • April 23, 2010, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Every damn Robin story tells his origin.

    by JackPumpkinhead

    But only "Robin of Sherwood" did it above all. And yes, I don't expect this crap to be any better than a "grim and gritty Men in Tights"

  • April 23, 2010, 4:54 a.m. CST

    thedarklinglord

    by AsimovLives

    I love Ridley Scott's movies more then most people in here. So much so that i loved Blade Runner back in the day it was fashionable to dismiss it even among the geekry, and I saw qualities evne on the theatrical cut of KINDGOM OF HEAVEN and saw a better movie in there then most who watched it. But saying that, i fucking hated WHITE SQUALL and have nothing but despise for G.I. JANE. So, yeah, Ridley Scott did misstep twice in his career. TWICE, and just twice.

  • April 23, 2010, 4:55 a.m. CST

    history fail?

    by jongy

    I'm really hoping it's the first reviewer who has his historical facts wrong, as it was KING (not Sir) Richard, and John was his brother not his son.

  • April 23, 2010, 5 a.m. CST

    Costner's Robin Hood is awesome

    by barnaby jones

    Ridley Scott's is gonna blow. As will this summer's cinematic events on the whole i think.

  • April 23, 2010, 5:18 a.m. CST

    God, I am so fucking sick of Robin Hood movies

    by ol' painless

    I don't give a fuck if they put and entire gravel pit of grit to gritty reboot this thing, enough with the mincing around in forests with Merry Men, Hollywood. Its boring.

  • April 23, 2010, 5:20 a.m. CST

    SkinJob69

    by AsimovLives

    The real roots of Ridley Scott is historical movies. His first movie was THE DUELISTS, set during the napolean wars. Scott making historical movies is him going on his real roots. Learn the man's history as a filmmaker, friend. ALIEN was his second movie, not his first.

  • April 23, 2010, 5:31 a.m. CST

    Prince of thieves is frikkin awesome

    by Lane_myers111

    Great start with the escape from the prison abroad. Brian blessed riding out to his death at the hands of the unmasked alan rickman. Morgan Freeman is brilliant as Hassem (bad spelling probably). The mad witch who advises the Sherriff. The brilliant way that they steal that gold and then dissappear back into the forest. Every line Rickman speaks. One of the most amazing action sequence ever when they rescue the captured men who are being hanged including little johns son (remember when you had well choreographed action that didnt use special effects,those were the days). When it trys to be funny it is funny. When its tries to be dramatic it is. Simply awesome. Minor flaws are that Costner clearly sounds amaerican and the one line where theyve just landed at dover and he says "come..we'll be in nottingham by nightfall" yeah only a few hundred miles on foot in a day lol. If all films were as "bad" as Prince of thieves id be a very happy guy.

  • April 23, 2010, 5:40 a.m. CST

    AsimovLives...

    by cornholiosbungholio

    was A Good Year any good? I haven't watched it, but I thought it was also considered a misstep by Scott.

  • April 23, 2010, 5:47 a.m. CST

    The Hooded Man

    by Darth Scourge

    Whatever the case, I figure this will probably be another pretty entertaining take on the Robin Hood legend, maybe up there with other off beat but cool versions like the Patrick Bergin "Robin Hood" or "Robin and Marian" with Sean Connery.

  • April 23, 2010, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Nothing wrong with the Costner version

    by Drsambeckett1984

    This 'prequel' looked dull from the first still, people want a cool Robin Hood shooting arrows, saving damsels in distress, messing with Nottingham's plans. <P> I remember hearing about this when it was the Nottigham project, with Hood being the villain, now that was interesting, obviously too interesting for Hollywood. <P> So what do we get? Gladiator Lite. <P> Russell Crowe, make a Master And Commander sequel, no!!!

  • April 23, 2010, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Rebeck2

    by AsimovLives

    If you are so nonchalant about correct accents, how about somebody making a movie about Geroge Washington and have him speak with a mexican accent? Or a french accent? How would you like them apples now?

  • April 23, 2010, 6:31 a.m. CST

    That was meant to be now, not 'no'

    by Drsambeckett1984

    My kingdom for an edit button!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe Harry could do that on his God Tablet!

  • April 23, 2010, 6:32 a.m. CST

    I was bored pissless

    by lead_sharp

    just reading the first review! (not the review itself the actual plot synopsis)

  • April 23, 2010, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Ditko

    by AsimovLives

    We were talking about his FILM ROOTS, not his expertise.

  • April 23, 2010, 6:38 a.m. CST

    cornholiosbungholio

    by AsimovLives

    You got me ther,e friend, becaus ei havne't watche dthat movie yet. The only thing that temps me is that Marion Coutilar is in the movie... with long hair! Yummy!!!

  • April 23, 2010, 6:38 a.m. CST

    How can anyone say Scott is over rated?

    by Drsambeckett1984

    Blade Runner and Alien are genuine classics!

  • April 23, 2010, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Sounds lame as shit.

    by alienindisguise

  • April 23, 2010, 7:45 a.m. CST

    "maybe about twenty minutes of action"

    by Mosquito March

    "At two hours and ten minutes, you have maybe about twenty minutes of action, and an hour and fifty minutes of lame story, exposition, romance." So, it's even more like GLADIATOR than the commercials suggest.

  • April 23, 2010, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Any Robin Hood movie...

    by CatVutt

    Without Sir Hiss floating around in a balloon, is going to suck.

  • April 23, 2010, 7:54 a.m. CST

    I didn't like Gladiator

    by rockhpi

    There, I said it. at the time I saw it, I felt I had seen enough "You killed my family, now you must die" films. And no emperor was ever killed by a gladiator. I really like the director's cut of Kingdom of Heaven though.

  • April 23, 2010, 8:08 a.m. CST

    this was a bad idea from the start

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    why try and turn Robin Hood into something it's not, Gladiator 2

  • April 23, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    I worked on this film

    by Captain RawBeard

    the first reviewer is wrong about the Penis joke, basically when drunk Friar Tuck asks Little John why they call him Little John and asks if it is about how big he is down there. I should know I was sat behind the wall operating the sound when it was filmed.

  • April 23, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Drsambeckett1984

    by Mosquito March

    I say he's overrated because he's got two genuine classics from 30 years ago, and the rest of his stuff ranges from mediocre (THELMA & LOUISE, BLACKHAWK DOWN) to bad (GLADIATOR, BODY OF LIES, LEGEND, WHITE SQUALL) to godawful shit (HANNIBAL, GI JANE, BLACK RAIN). If he was really the genius that people seem to think he is, he probably would have made another genuinely great movie since 1982.

  • April 23, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Rawbeard does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Captain RawBeard, thanks for that. Now when I watch that scene all i'll be able to think of is some Long John Silver look-alike crouching behind the wall, clasping his parrot's beak shut to stop it from distracting the actors.<p> Don't take the negative crit to heart tho mate... I still expect Ridley's latest to be at least 50% superior to whatever else is playing that week, and i'll wager most readers of this site will eventually end up watching it either at home or at the flicks.

  • April 23, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    cinematography has always been Scott's strength

    by cgih8r

    He always gives a great look to his movies. Sadly tho, that's about all he does. He should just stick to cinematography and leave the directing to someone else.

  • April 23, 2010, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Remember when this was...

    by BackwardGalaxy

    Remember when this was gonna be Crowe as the good Sheriff trying to fight the bad Robin Hood? Can we go back in time and make that movie instead?

  • April 23, 2010, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Mosquito March

    by Drsambeckett1984

    I dont think it matters how long ago those films were made, they are simply brilliant, I'm hardly Scott's biggest fan but he has made movies that will be remembered forever. I think that counts for quite a lot.

  • April 23, 2010, 8:25 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Mosquito March, many of the films you list as mediocre, bad and godawful shit are Oscar winners, Oscar noms, and hugely successful commercial hits.<p> So I guess one man's meat...

  • April 23, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST

    BackwardGalaxy

    by Drsambeckett1984

    Thats what I have been saying for an age, that would have been original at the very least. And to see Crowe take on a slightly different role.

  • April 23, 2010, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Ahhhhh bugger!

    by Gabba-UK

    I was looking forward to this. Don't sound good dies it.

  • April 23, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Schlobbin Knobb

    by JoeSixPack

    Almost sure to make its money back because of the star, director and tentpole feel, but this really was a terrible idea from the start.

  • April 23, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    gonna bomb.

    by Jack Burton

    It looks like every other "gritty" retelling of a familar story. All muddy, and boring visuals, and monochrome cinematography. I have little interest in this one. I've started Stephen Lawhead's King Raven trilogy, itself a reimagining of the Robin Hood story. So far it's excellent so anyone that likes the legend I recommend checking it out. The first book is called "Hood" and the rest of the trilogy, "Scarlet" and "Tuck", are out now as well.

  • April 23, 2010, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Never mind those reviews, this movie will

    by Stuntcock Mike

    moisten cunts and turn once flaccid cocks to granite.

  • April 23, 2010, 9 a.m. CST

    Drsambeckett1984

    by Mosquito March

    I love ALIEN. I love BLADE RUNNER. But, Scott's given me no reason since 1982 to get excited about A New Ridley Scott Film, and it blows my mind that so many people do rocket-powered motorcycle wheelies whenever his name is attached to something.

  • April 23, 2010, 9 a.m. CST

    Kingdom of Heaven: The Director's Cut

    by Mattyboy122

    Is something of a marvel. It works, and works really well, despite the fact that there's a void at the center of the film. The void's name is, of course, Orlando Bloom. It's not that he's bad in it, per se, it's easily his best performance, but the best performance from Orlando Bloom is still merely serviceable. Can you imagine how fucking great that movie could have been with a great performance holding it all together? Or, by contrast, imagine Lawrence of Arabia with Orlando Bloom in the lead. Would it still be a damn good flick? Sure, but it wouldn't be the absolute masterpiece it is thanks to O'Toole's performance. I just wish they'd properly cast the lead of KOH. We could have had an all-time classic.

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  • April 23, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST

    that first review is bollox

    by zapano

    the second review unfortunately seems to be a bit more on the money. Still Im not surpirsed the film is underwhelming. Scott's ouvre is very patchy

  • April 23, 2010, 9:21 a.m. CST

    "Inexplicably called a traitor"

    by Subtitles_Off

    He's not the Robin Sherwood Forest deserves. He's the Robin Sherwood Forest needs. Or some dumb shit like that. Cue the music.

  • April 23, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Scott may not be overrated but GLADIATOR sure is:

    by newc0253

    Scott may get a lifetime pass for ALIEN and BLADE RUNNER, but he sure doesn't deliver winners every time.<p> sure, GLADIATOR looks incredible, features some great performances, and terrific action. But, as a piece of writing? sorry but it's a terrible fucking script.<p> I've only seen the theatrical cut of KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, and that was so bland i can barely remember it. i've heard good things about the director's cut, so i'd be willing to suspend final judgment.<p> i don't know anyone who saw A GOOD YEAR or had anything good to say about it.<p> AMERICAN GANGSTER was decently entertaining, but certainly no masterpeice.<p> And the trailers for ROBIN HOOD have me completely underwhelmed: it looks like GLADIATOR IN TIGHTS, and by the sound of the first review, that's exactly what it is.<p> fuck man, it's not like Crowe and Scott aren't capable of doing great work separately. But they've yet to do a great movie together...

  • April 23, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Actually both reviews are bollox

    by zapano

    sorry had to read the second review twice just to make sure wtf he was on about

  • April 23, 2010, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Prince of Thieves...

    by Marshal_Lannes

  • April 23, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Prince of Thieves...

    by Marshal_Lannes

    ...is no Seven Samurai, but it's a damn fine popcorn flick.

  • April 23, 2010, 9:36 a.m. CST

    actually, zapano, it's not the reviews that are bollox

    by newc0253

    it's you.

  • April 23, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    newc0253

    by umbral_shadow_

    Gladiator has a terrible fucking script? Man, your standards must be skyscraper high. If you think Gladiator has a terrible script what do you think of 99% of Hollywood popcorn films? Bear in mind that the big planned finale was the Roman army invading the city and it would have been spectacular - but the money ran out. Also Olly Reed dies halfway through filming. All things considered its a pretty fucking great movie.

  • April 23, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Prince of Thieves rules!

    by HoboCode

    I mean it's just an ass-kicker. The arrow POV's. The cool shit Robin does with the arrows to get them to do different shit. Drunk ass fatfuck Friar Tuck defenestrating that piece of shit priest. Alan fucking Rickman in every fucking scene. Fucking Freeman bursting in at the end to fuck up that diseased witch. The movie is the shit.

  • April 23, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST

    So it's trendy to hate on Prince of Thieves?

    by lostrites

    Fuck you haters. That movie is great despite the flaws. Also, Defendor is better than Kick Ass. Just so you know. That is all.

  • April 23, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Michael Curtiz rules!

    by FlyingToupee

    There will never be a better Robin Hood film than the 1937 Warner Brothers flick with Errol Flynn. Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman laughed at that film when they were interviewed for their stinkfest, but who really gives a fuck about the piece of shit they made now? Scott's film will be even more full of self importance, and will have a listless lead who is barely better than Costner. I'll pass.

  • April 23, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST

    "And no emperor was ever killed by a gladiator"

    by FlyingToupee

    Jay(Caligula)Robinson was killed by Victor(Demetrius)Mature. C'mon, everybody knows that!

  • April 23, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Actually...

    by FlyingToupee

    ...Demetrius stood by in the gladiator arena as the Praetorian Guards assasinatied Jay's demented Caligula, but close enough.

  • April 23, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST

    @umbral_shadow_

    by newc0253

    sure, lots of hollywood films have a shitty script. but how exactly does that excuse GLADIATOR?<p> i'm not the only one to hate on GLADIATOR's bad writing either:<p> Roger Ebert: '"Gladiator" lacks joy. It employs depression as a substitute for personality, and believes that if the characters are bitter and morose enough, we won't notice how dull they are'.<p> AO Scott: 'grandiose and silly'.<p> David Edelstein: 'I've seen subtler characterizations in Don "The Dragon" Wilson kickboxing pictures."<p> I'm sorry they ran out of money, but that's no excuse for a dumb script.

  • April 23, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    "Those giraffes you sold me, they won't mate. They just walk around, eating, and not mating. You sold me... queer giraffes. I want my money back." <p> "If you find yourself alone, riding in the green fields with the sun on your face, do not be troubled. For you are in Elysium, and you're already dead!" <p> Are you not entertained...Come on, GLADIATOR had a cool script...

  • April 23, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Prince of Thieves

    by ImYerHuckleberry

    You gotta love a movie that has Morgan Freeman busting in an hurling a scimitar at a little old lady. That was BALLS OUT. Oh and that Friar Tuck was hilarious.

  • April 23, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    The FIRST POTC movie was fun

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    The sequels were UNBELIEVABLY dreary and joyless.

  • April 23, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    "And no emperor was ever killed by a gladiator"

    by AsimovLives

    Emperor Commodus was in fact assassinated by a gladiator called Narcisus. He was not killed in the arena, no, he was killed in the baths. Narcisus a gladiator and Commodus's wrestling partner, not a disgraced general. but yes, commodus really was assassinated by a gladiator. So there.

  • April 23, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Pissing on GLADIATOR'S script?

    by AsimovLives

    God save the poor souls of those who piss on Gladiator's script if I ever found out they were ever ntertained by a Michael Bay movie. God will have mercy on them, i'll not.

  • April 23, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST

    I knew it. Seemed like an obvious Gladiator clone

    by Marksman91

    Part of the reason why people remember Robin Hood is because of the legend, and all the great things he did during the tyranny of Prince John and his Merry Men. You take that away, and what do you got? Especially when Ridley Scott makes it? Just another blatant rip-off of Gladiator. Lemme first say that I liked Kingdom of Heaven as well as Gladiator, but I really don't feel like watching what seems to be the bastard child they got together on a drunken one-night stand. Ridley, GO BACK TO SCI-FI!!! It's where you belong!!!

  • April 23, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    NO "LIFETIME PASS" FOR BLADE RUNNER and ALIEN, RIDLEY!

    by SeXX ED

    Oh no, you're gonna have to work for it the same as anyone else. He's not so much "over-rated" as he is over-used. Christ, man - it almost seems like TWO fucking Ridley Scott films are released each year. And yes, they're ALL mediocre at best. Take a break, Ridley! We don't need another bad ALIEN film.

  • April 23, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Prince Of Thieves was pantomine

    by umbral_shadow_

    and woefully casted. Costner's Robin sounded like he was from Milwaukee not 11th century England. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio looked like she belonged in Venice, since when did Marian look Italian? Alan Rickman played the Sheriff like a pantomine villain. Christian Slater looked so clean and wholesome he looked like he had just walked off the Beverley Hills 90120 set. Fun movie but don't take it seroiously for a second.

  • April 23, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    I liked Prince of Thieves.

    by Royston Lodge

    The haters can cram it with walnuts.

  • April 23, 2010, 11:46 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    For once I agree with Harry... somehow PRINCE OF THIEVES is both dreadful and yet highly watchable.

  • April 23, 2010, 11:53 a.m. CST

    My Ridley Scott theory...

    by SK229

    that he 'made it' a bit later in life than most directors and is now making up for lost time. I know he did commercials and was very successful before The Duelists and Alien, but by the time he was enjoying the success of Alien, I think he already had a few kids and was 42. Just a theory on why he seems to have more shit in development across movies, music videos, television, and just about every other visual medium than any other comparatively successful director... at age 72.

  • April 23, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Did they remove the contrails

    by Flapjacktits

    that you can see in the trailers? I didn't know there were jets flying around in those times...silly me!!! LOL

  • April 23, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST

    newc0253

    by D o o d

    I'm with you on this. Although I'm not sure if it's the writing or just the fact that the movie was soo overated at the time of release that when I finally got to see it, I was very much underwhelmed.<p>As for Prince of Thieves, as silly as it is, I enjoyed it. Why? because it's not pretentious and just enjoyable!

  • April 23, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    "Did God paint you?"

    by BLEST

    "Did God paint me? Ha! For certain."<p>"Why?"<p>"Because, alla loves wonderous variety."<p>WIN. Prince of Theives is the shiznit, and it always will be. <p>"But why a spoon, cousin?"<p>Cancelling Christmas on all the haters.

  • April 23, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Thank you! Will gladly not see it!

    by ricarleite2

    Thanks to the reviwers. Just saved me some bucks.

  • April 23, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Wait...Richard's SON John?

    by Drath

    Is the first reviewer just confused, or does the movie alter history to make John the son of Richard? They were brothers, sons of King Henry. Also, these reviews are describing different plot details. Are they that unreliable, or is one just a lie? Both are negative though, and while that may be earned, they're snarky enough for me to want to ignore them.

  • April 23, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Give me...

    by nukeboy1970

    ...a non accent over a bad accent any day. Like Keano's abortion of an accent in Dracula. I would rather him not had one. I can ignore a lack oof an accent more than a bad one.

  • April 23, 2010, 3 p.m. CST

    Costner's Robin Hood was great

    by RPLocke

    Fuck haters.

  • April 23, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    ROBIN HOOD

    by wlm

    I think the first reviewer went a little overboard with comparisons to Ridley's other terrific historical films. If there's a similarity, all the better. And believe it or not, some people don't need action scenes every ten seconds in a film that aims at depth. As for Russell Crowe's 'ripped off' performance from 'Gladiator', hey, why mess with a great thing, a talented actor who can so compellingly pull off the notion of a hero working against great odds and inspiring others along the way? Yeah, a prequel, and so why should it appear familiar? Isn't that the point? Sorry, nothing in this profane diatribe to inspire a pass on what looks like an intriguing new read on the legend.

  • April 23, 2010, 3:46 p.m. CST

    PG-13 = NO SALE

    by PinkFloyd7

    Why would I want to see a watered down Gladiator? I'll wait for the R rated directors cut on blu ray.

  • April 23, 2010, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Plants!

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    Had to be said. Anyway, from the trailer, I was afraid this might be another one of those historical epics long on self-importance and short on anything resembling fun. This just confirms. I'll pass.

  • April 23, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST

    While I love me some Ridley...

    by BASEMENT_CHEETOH_EATER

    ....even from the trailer, it was easy to tell this film was greatly lacking. Nothing seems original and the whole production feels "been there done that". I just hope the Alien Prequel isn;t a clusterfuck.

  • April 23, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST

    While I love me some Ridley...

    by BASEMENT_CHEETOH_EATER

    ....even from the trailer, it was easy to tell this film was greatly lacking. Nothing seems original and the whole production feels "been there done that". I just hope the Alien Prequel isn;t a clusterfuck.

  • April 23, 2010, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Kingdom of Heaven

    by MyScreenplayWasRejected

    Jesus, imagine if the film was about Liam Neeson's band of badasses instead of Bloom's bloody cunt. Imagine if Neeson got to bang Sibylla instead of Bloom. Now that would have been an outstanding movie.

  • April 23, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Legend

    by Sgt.Steiner

    is an awesome film. And, furthermore, "Body of Lies" is fascinating, if only for the performances from a sly Mark Strong and a chubby bureaucratic buffoon from Russell Crowe. But, why do redo Robin Hood and not have fun?

  • April 23, 2010, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Kingdom of Heaven

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    sucked. Stop bringing it up, I'm getting bad flash-backs.

  • April 23, 2010, 10:53 p.m. CST

    men in tights

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    best Robin Hood ever. when's the reboot?

  • April 23, 2010, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Robin Hood reviews?

    by zazou

    Sir Ridley knows his business.better than a lot of the auteurs du jour..Robin Hood is a legend worth revisiting and certainly worth revisiting with Scott and Crowe.Next time you watch the 1938 version of RH note the sparkly stuff on Flynn's emerald green outfit...that wouldn't pass muster today. Relax.

  • April 24, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST

    I saw ROBIN HOOD as well and it was Outstanding!

    by Nligon

    Please read my review in The Zone. It sounds to me like these two wanted to see the same Robin Hood again and had no interest in this movie to begin with. This film is not Sherwood Forest. It is a completely original film that felt close to real history rather than fiction. Please read my review in the Ridley Sctt's Robin Hood section.

  • April 25, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST

    It's Ridley Scott.

    by MainMan2001

    he is sooooooo hit or miss anymore. His a working director who cares more about working then the end result which is how it should be but c'mon now stop making shit films you fucking english bastard.

  • April 25, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Nah, Ridley is peachy!

    by zazou

    If you are a talented working director for many decades you will have hits and misses.Calling the guy a fucking English bastard is unecessary.

  • April 25, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    WASTE OF MONEY, TALENT, AND TIME . . .

    by JonChambers

    IF SCOTT & CROWE WANT TO MASTURBATE, WHY DON'T THEY GIVE A HAND JOB TO SOMETHING NEW? WHAT THE FUCK IS SO BAD ABOUT '0RIGINALITY' THESE DAYS? I'D LIKE TO POUND RIDLEY'S CIGAR BACK INTO HIS MOUTH FOR WASTING HIS MARVELOUS TALENT ON SHIT LIKE THIS. FUCK YOU, RIDLEY! AS YOU RIDE INTO THE CELLULOID SUNSET!

  • April 25, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Is Ridley Scott's greatest sin mediocrity?

    by Sithtastic

    I certainly hope it is mostly because I have a soft spot for his films. I'd like to think he would have challenged himself this time out. The Nottingham script in concept sounded promising, but instead he stuck to the tired and true. That said, it's even more demoralizing to hear Scott is treading on familiar ground a la Kingdom of Heaven (though it was a comfort to see someone make the distinction between the godawful theatrical and far superior director's cut).

  • April 25, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Sounds to me

    by Koyaanisqatsi

    like the first reviewer went in wanting it to look and feel like Gladiator and that's what he saw. I know a couple of folks who have seen it and say that outside of it being a period piece it really has nothing to do with the look and feel of gladiator at all.

  • April 26, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Tried and true super hero movies are better?

    by zazou

    Familar ground? What about the originalty of yet another super hero comic book movie? Had enough of those yet? Iron Man,BatMan, x-Men,Superman,Hulk,SpiderMan. Coming up Green Lantern, Thor etc;etc;etc.....Originalty of source material? Commemorative super hero 7-eleven slurpee cups?

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