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Harry wrestles with the colossal failure known as Ridley Scott's ROBIN HOOD

What is it about the story of Robin Hood that keeps us coming back? For me, it isn’t the stealing from the rich to give to the poor. That’s the populist hook. I’m also not a die-hard when it comes to the romance of Robin and Marion, though I do love that part of the story. Is it merely his Badassery with a Bow and a sword? Is it his merry band? The quarterstaff fight that happened to introduce him to his best friend Little John? No. For me – when you boil everything away. What I love about the ROBIN HOOD mythology is the concept that Robin loved his king, so much – that when a plot to dispose of King Richard was hatched by his lesser brother, John… that it was a knight from the wrong side of the tracks – that helped to organize a revolt. That sought to protect those that could not protect themselves. He used terror to strike fear into the corrupt puppet government that was bleeding the people dry. ROBIN HOOD, while being distinctly British as a story, is the very essence upon which the dream of America was formed… to me. When the government is unjust, it is the duty of its citizens to set it right, no matter how hard that road may be. It is a lesson meant to empower a disenfranchised populace to demand more from their government. To become more involved. BUT at its heart, there is love for what their Government SHOULD be. There’s a patriotism that has a critical quality to it, that I just love. Support, within reason. So… What was Ridley Scott & Brian Helgeland’s favorite thing about Robin Hood? Apparently – they didn’t like a single thing about the character or his story. Other than the fact that Robin Hood is pretty good with a bow. Not supernatural. He misses a shot early in the film, which would’ve pretty much made the film a 25 minute short story – that still would have irked the living shit out of me. But he had to miss that shot, for the film to move on with its tale. Ok. Let’s get into this. First and foremost – this amazing cast that they put together – is completely and totally wrong for the story they’re attempting to tell with these characters. Russell Crowe is 47 years old. That’s already 7 years older than the average life expectancy of a man living in the time of Robin Hood. And when Sean Connery played Robin Hood, he was 47. Of course, he was cast as an aging Robin Hood – having fought in two Crusades… returning to England with nothing left to live for, save maybe his Marion, played by the amazing Audrey Hepburn. Only, this is a prequel. A story that allegedly takes place prior to the key events of the Robin Hood mythology. So automatically – there’s just something that rings untrue about it all. For a film that goes through excruciating efforts to get the period right, it totally screws the pooch with the casting & pretense of its main character. BUT – ya know what. I gave them that. As I watched the film, it is evident that while Russell Crowe is obviously a man in his 40s – that in this version of the 12th Century – Man commonly lived into their late sixties – as is evidenced by characters throughout the film. I’m just gonna say it was a hard life and men aged faster than they do now – and a 46 year old man was probably the way your typical late twenties man would look in the 12th Century. Fine, whatever. By the time the movie started – I decided to just set aside a lot of my problems with this story and just see what it was that Ridley did with it. He’s a filmmaker that generally I have given a lot of respect towards – and if he wanted to break down the Robin Hood legend – and attempt to tell it as some “true story” style thing – with a late 40s Russell Crowe… so be it. I like Russell Crowe – and he is quite good in the film. Far better than Costner. And had they told the story of Robin Hood with Russell Crowe, I probably would have loved it. But instead – Brian Helgeland decided to do a rewrite of A KNIGHT’S TALE if you applied Robin Hood to that story. You have a group of scurvy lower class men that happen upon a scene of an ambush, where some English Noblemen were attacked by the French. Robin and his merry band (in France) fight off the French – to then rob the corpses of their fellow noble countrymen – only to find an injured right hand man of the now dead King Richard… who is nearly dead. This man is Robert of Locksley. He’s dying. He requests of the younger “Robin” to take his father’s father’s sword back to his father in Nottingham… and Robin is just a nice enough guy to do it. After Robin presents King Richard’s crown to the Queen Mother – he and his band ride off to Nottingham, where he meets Marion Locksley… no longer Maid Marion – you see – she was married to Robert, who went off on a Crusade a week later – apparently never having consummated their wedding – Oh – by the way, I just looked up the spelling of Locksley. Locksley is how it is traditionally spelt. However, the filmmakers have decided, like everything else, to throw that out and make it Loxley. FYI. So… How does Russell and Cate hook up? Well, Old Blind Man Locksley – Max Von Sydow – decides that this Robin Longstride (who he just happens to know his forgotten history, how convenient) should pretend to be his son, something he had been doing, and pretend to be Marion’s husband, so that when he dies – Marion could still run Nottingham. Seriously. Meanwhile – King John is banging some French lady, a distant relative to the King of France. John has basically put Mark Strong in charge of collecting taxes – he’s essentially a Guy of Gisborne style bad guy – but called Godfrey – and Godfrey is working with the King of France to create Civil War in England, so France could just conquer. So – Godfrey is running around with a band of like 400 French soldiers, in French Uniforms – raping and pillaging, murdering and burning every small burg in the hill country of Northern England… And none of the retarded knights and lords of those areas notice the French folks killing, raping and burning – they just read the notice placed upon a town posting post – and decide they all need to kill the king. Max von Sydow tells Robin Longstride that he’s the son of a philosopher stone cutter who essentially pens the rough draft of the Magna Carta, which historically was known as ARTICLES OF THE BARONS. Which sort of goes with everything in this film – because this isn’t really a movie about Robin Hood – it is a film about King John’s early rule and what led to these Articles. And what Mark Strong’s Godfrey is doing – is essentially what led to the events that led to the signing of that document which – historically speaking is what eventually led to the Magna Carta. And honestly – a movie called KING JOHN – about the injustices that gave rise to the royalty being legally held accountable for their actions, and that could have been an interesting story. In fact – it kinda is. But putting ROBIN HOOD in the middle of all this history – is basically like … Well, it’d be like doing the ALAMO as history with Pecos Bill. Putting Little John, Maid Marion, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlett, the Sheriff of Nottingham, etc – all in the midst of this larger story of England as a whole – in a pre-Myth history… just comes across as being fucking ridiculous. By the time Marion comes riding onto a beach leading an awesome force of feral children on Horseback – in full Custom Armor that was way cooler than the armor she wore in ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE. And she goes Marion Warrior Princess… but ends up laying in the surf gurgling salt water as Robin roars in slow motion repeatedly coming out of water - well… it gets real embarrassing. Embarrassing. You see… as a historical film set at the dawn of the 13th Century – the film is moderately entertaining, but the history disarms the vitality of the story of ROBIN HOOD. By trying to tell the truth of the era – it just makes Robin Hood… frankly a stupid story. Because he doesn’t belong in HISTORY, but in Legend. Because Robin Hood isn’t a story of the 13th century. It’s really a story and a legend of the 16th century when it became a popular story that was told and retold. Sung about and performed. Robin Hood was the seeds of revolt in a time that gave way to the colonies revolting – and just a general feeling amongst the populace that they were no longer going to be happy with being trounced upon. Robin Hood is a romanticized shorthand for the revolt that took place during King John’s time. And historically, ROBIN HOOD doesn’t work, because it absolutely does not work with the FACTS of history. SO… FUCK HISTORY. Tell the legend of Robin Hood. This is another, in a long line of films that just come across as being stupid because the filmmakers that took the story on got so bogged down by THE REALITY – that they forgot to dream. ROBIN HOOD is a populist story about Tax Revolt. A very popular concept. But in adapting Robin Hood’s origins with the basic steps of A KNIGHT’S TALE, burying him within a very convoluted and mishandled telling of the Baron revolt that took place under John and a really ridiculous Beach sequence – I find myself looking at the title and wondering… What the fuck does any of this have to do with Robin Hood? The result is a very aggravating and pointless film. It is obvious that Brian and Ridley felt passionate about the history of the time, but they ruined the history by combining it with a Legend that they completely render impotent. By the time you have King John burning up the agreement he had signed, which led to the ultimate revolt that took place – but then cutting to Robin & Marion and his merry band in Sherwood Forest with a gaggle of feral children. It just hurt my head. Intellectually – I could see the various pieces they were trying to smash together – but it just doesn’t work. You can’t really compare this film to Errol Flynn’s ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD – and at the same time, you can’t compare it to Costner’s either. Because this is absolutely not the story of Robin Hood. Instead, you kind of have to marry this to ROBIN & MARION. This is a hodgepodge reinvention. Taking from history, legend and other works altogether unrelated. There’s a reason why Michael Curtiz’s ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD and Flynn’s Robin Hood will never ever be threatened by films hamstrung by the HISTORICAL FACTS of the day. Stories like ROBIN HOOD, IVANHOE, the Arthurian tales… these are not history, they’re legend, myths and literature. As such – you’re not bound by history. But then… that’s why Ridley Scott was not the right man to retell Robin Hood. Ridley drinks in historical detail. And this film lovingly recreates the era. And the film is to be admired for it’s production design – but frankly… that’s about it. The whole time while watching the film I kept thinking – “I love these sets, they’d be perfect for a Robin Hood movie.” Sadly, there was no Robin Hood to be seen. Instead, all that talent was wasted on a movie called ROBIN HOOD, that never wants to tell that story. It is a film that hates its titular subject, but loves its time and place. The film works as an observable work – just not an involving one. This is actually my least favorite Ridley Scott film. It is a conceptual failure with too few bright spots and no real point for existing. It is a colossal failure and waste of time, talent and story-telling. The individual elements – actors, sets, costumes, make-up, props… well, they’re all quality – they’re just never terribly interesting. About 40 minutes from the end, I just wanted it to end. I contemplated leaving the theater – but felt I owed it to Ridley to finish the film – see if he redeemed it in some way. But in all their conversations – I do wonder. Did they ever want to just tell the legend of Robin Hood? Just tell a badass, intense telling of the legend? It just seems nobody was excited or particularly happy to tell this story. It’s all rather dreary and humdrum. I’ve seen the story told better at Renaissance Faires. Disney did it better. Fairbanks and Flynn – much better. If ever there was a film that deserved to be received with a resounding box office THUD sound, it is this. I expect far better from all involved. These are some of the best talents we have – they were afforded great latitude in telling this story. I know. I’m the one lone crazy guy that really liked the recent NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET – but I absolutely honestly feel the Platinum Dunes guys have far more respect for their material than Ridley did with this. And that is the most frustrating thing of all to me. I just want filmmakers to love their material, to feel that from their work. Here, you get the idea that the story of ROBIN HOOD was too inconsequential… too light for Ridley to deal with. And they are right. Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett and Ridley Scott absolutely should never have made a ROBIN HOOD movie. Cate is not a lady in waiting, so of course they radically reinvent her role. Like IMAGINE’s woeful telling of THE ALAMO a few years back – Grazer and Howard seem to be producing a series of films that drain all the power of the legends they tell. They’re telling versions of these stories that serve to lay flaccid, useless to anyone. They’re passionless material, without any real dramatic heights, no nail-biting suspense, no true romance or thrilling action. There are very few things that hurt as much as seeing a story you love told devoid of every element that made you love it. This is the husk of Robin Hood. The discarded dead skin that the legend sprung from – and at the end of the film – you just wonder… Why did we focus on the caterpillar, when they should have shown the butterfly.

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  • May 12, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    I heard A Nightmare On Elm Street was better.

    by thatfilmlover

    ZING! just kidding big guy love yeah, also... first?

  • May 12, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST

    I'm still wrestling with the colossal failure known as "Across t


    This season has been such shit.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST

    "Across the Sea"


    Fingers crossed for the finale...oh, who gives a fuck anymore?

  • May 12, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST

    I love when Harry repeats himself 2 paragraphs in a row

    by JackSlater4

    because he doesn't proofread

  • May 12, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Yeah, this sounds dull

    by rev_skarekroe

    And I liked Kingdom of Heaven.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    i agree all i can think about is LOST.

    by thatfilmlover

    and how utterly awful it was and how I don't care anymore, I really could live with never watching the finale episodes.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Must Have Something Going For It

    by Come_ON

    Harry hated it so there must be something worth watching in it then.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST



    Oh - I proof read - I just feel sometimes the aggravation one feels as a writer on material that is so insanely aggravating - that self-repetition is a way of expressing just how aggravating the aggravating aspects of this aggravating film... well, you know, it is aggravating.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Trailers felt off all along

    by Box_Bruceleitner

    Normally I would be very excited about a Ridley Scott historical "epic" but there was nothing about this film leading up to its release that had me even mildly interested. At least there will always be the Kingdom of Heaven: Director's Cut, easily one of the most under-rated movies of the past decade.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST



    if you read the review I talk about a lot of what is good about the film. EVERYTHING but the story.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:16 p.m. CST


    by Giant Ape Balls

    If you read nationalist scottish websites, you can be led to believe this. However, it is, in fact, a load of old horse shit.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Harry, is it better than the Disney cartoon?


    You know the one with the foxes and that catchy song?

  • May 12, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST

    I assumed as much.

    by HorrorFan81

    None of the trailers have been interesting or exciting. I will pass on this.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST

    As a history teacher...

    by butterbean

    I couldn't agree more about you review. FUCK HISTORY. History is written by conquerors. Who knows what the truth is anymore?

  • May 12, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    so it's a film both historians & robin hood fans can both love t

    by RealDoubleJ

    If you can't please either audience, piss all over them. You're still getting paid. Best review this year Harry, pretty much nail on hammer action

  • May 12, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Robin Hood: Men In Tights

    by The_Lovely_Funkiness

    Best Robin Hood movie ever. "Hey Blinkin!" "Did you say Abe Lincoln?"

  • May 12, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    love to hate*

    by RealDoubleJ


  • May 12, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Reminds me of "Alice in Wonderland"

    by UTexLex

    Good review...From what you say, it seems the film takes familiar characters & uses them to tell a new, less interesting story. That instantly reminded me how I felt about Burton's Wonderland...I was hoping for a new version of the classic tale, but instead got a "sequel" where Alice returns but still engages in many of the same activities from the original. There's enough source material for both of these mythologies to make interesting films...there's no need to re-create/amend them and/or make up completely new stories!!! Same goes for superhero films...there's already plenty of characters out there, there's no need to create new ones (i.e.- Rourke's Whiplash in IM2).

  • May 12, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST


    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • May 12, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST


    by MrDexter

    "aggravation one feels as a writer" Harry - you're not a writer. You run a site and post your opinion, but you're not a writer. One reason—of many—is you don't know how to spell either 'lose' or 'no one'

  • May 12, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Wow. Didn't want to go there.

    by butterbean

    The Holocaust? I was talking about ancient history. Not history that has been on film and documented thouroughly and has survivors that said, "Um yeah, it really happened."

  • May 12, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Life expectancy

    by 7Cal

    Didn't read the whole review (yet), but wanted to chime in on the 47 years old / life expectancy thing. This is a commonly misunderstood aspect of historical periods: that if the life expectancy was 40, once you hit 39 you had on average 1 year to live. That's not the case. Life expectancy was so low back then because babies and young children died all the time. All the time. Way more than they do now. If you have 10 people, and half of them live until they're 79 and half of them die at age 1, the life expectancy is 40 years old. So, if you made it out of your kiddie years, you all of a sudden were a lot closer to living a full life as we think of it now.<p><p>Of course, I'm not saying that old folks back then all lived as long as they do now. Of course they didn't, they still would die on average earlier. But not that much earlier.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    All the film critics in the UK

    by Terence James

    seem to love it. Mind you, most of them will give anything 9 out of 10 if it means they'll get their name on a poster.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST



    I greatly prefer the Disney version. I love it.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Shoulda stuck with Sherrif as hero -

    by belasco_house

    at least that was an interesting spin. <p> <p> John Cleese in Time Bandits is still my fave Hood

  • May 12, 2010, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Oh, and BBC's Maid Marion tops all

    by belasco_house

  • May 12, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Robin Hood in the Disney cartoon

    by cyberskunk

    When I read the line about stealing from the rich to give to the poor, I envisioned guerilla art showing the character's face digitally altered to look like The Joker from The Dark Knight with "SOCIALISM" beneath it. Only, I'm not sure what kind of statement it would make. If I had to guess, it'd be a kind of mockery of the original Obama art that later had the word tacked on. Disclaimer: I do not regard Obama as a socialist.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST

    EXCELLENT review, Harry

    by Acappellaman

    This has to be one of the best thought-out, best-written reviews you've ever done, Harry. My interest in this version of Robin Hood was pretty slight as it was, despite the fact that I love Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott. You pretty much cemented my decision on whether or not to see it. We'll see what others feel first, but your review pretty much sums up what I was already fearing about this movie.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST

    movie reviewers love the word titular

    by HaterofCrap

    and i'll take a pass on this movie. russel crowe looks he's been hitting the sauce all day every day for 30 years.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST

    I don't care about any of that Harry...

    by Righteous Brother

    I just think it look boring, so I'm going to see Bad Lieutenant instead. And I agree with Bruce B - the trailers did look wrong all along.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    the best Robin Hood ever is.......

    by Righteous Brother

    John Cleese in the Time Bandits. Cracks me up everytime.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Gad zukes!

    by dogu4

    Sounds 'not so bad', and to borrow a phrase from the great Leslie Howard as fictional literature's first great super crime fighter, Sir Percy Blakeney; "there is nothing quite so bad as something that's 'not so bad'." Particularly bad when I think of how great it would have been if it had attempted to make it a remake of 'Robin and Marion', which I've always found to be the most engaging of all the Robin Hood legend interpretations.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST



    BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS is the far better way to invest your time. Even if it is seeing the film for the 20th time.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Harry, dude

    by BlaGyver

    Well said. I jump on the hate wagon when you proclaim your undying love for suckish movies, but for some reason, seeing you slam a movie restores my faith in you. I think it's because there's not much that you don't like, and if you don't like it, it means I should probably stay the fuck away. Hell. I didn't hate GI Joe.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    I understand you aggravation, but all I need to know is

    by JackSlater4

    1. Is the action good?<P> 2. Could there be a directors cut?

  • May 12, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Lesser of two weevils.

    by dogu4

    On the other hand, Crowe is still in perfect form to join with Paul Bettany to do another Master and Commander episode.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST

    and I admit to not really reading the review

    by JackSlater4

    because I will see the movie this weekend and want to keep the experience pure, but then will come back and read it.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Harry and Devin Faraci don't like it.

    by kwisatzhaderach

    This means that I will love it.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:45 p.m. CST


    by frozen01

    Are you talking about the kids' TV show or the more recent Robin Hood program? Because if you're talking about the latter, I'm going to have to agree with you. That show was awesome.

  • you say you like Robin Hood because he helps protect the those that cannot protect themselves. So he is basically helping the poor?

  • May 12, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Best Robin Hood ever

    by kwisatzhaderach

    ITV's Robin of Sherwood from the mid-80s. Brilliant atmosphere, camerawork and score by Clannad. <p> "I am Herne the Hunter, and you are a leaf driven by the wind." <p> Fuckin' right.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Never got excited for this

    by garybuseys_incisors

    I agree the trailers are way off.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Harry, you seemed to be doing a lot of pre-judging on this review.<p> The movie didn't fit with your historical knowledge of the time period and so it lost you as a viewer very early on. And as the historical mistakes piled up you became more and more annoyed with the film.<p> Sounds like your own baggage killed the film for you?<p>

  • May 12, 2010, 4:48 p.m. CST


    by belasco_house

    Actually I meant the kids show - messin around really - & I gotta say I zoned out of the recent version during series 1. But I hear they amped it up toward the end, so I'm itching to catch the rest...

  • May 12, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    And I refuse to believe that Ridley Scott made a worse movie than the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET remake.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST

    You never know with Harry...

    by Lemure_v2

    He (rightfully) slagged of Terminator Salvation, but XxX and Van Helsing still linger in the memory. That said, the trailers for this did look dull.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:50 p.m. CST

    So Robin Hood a colossal failure but Iron Man 2 wasn't?

    by HollywoodHellraiser


  • May 12, 2010, 4:50 p.m. CST

    I forgot Ray Winstone was in the 80s BBC

    by belasco_house

    version. That was very cool at the time, not seen it since

  • May 12, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Others have said it and I agree

    by CathleenTurnerOverdrive

    The trailers for this movie are just uninspiring. Normally a movie like this would be up my alley, especially given all the talent involved. Just haven't had a great feeling about this film.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Fuck history!!!

    by Dkev00

    They can't even prove the man ever existed. You know cause nobody was fucking literate during the time he was fabled to exist. BUT FUCK HISTORY. Maybe you should try reading some. LMAO!!!

  • May 12, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

  • May 12, 2010, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Liked it a lot actually

    by HardSteel

    Had pretty low expectations going in, but was pleasantly surprised.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Myth and History

    by Batlash

    Haven't seen the film yet, but it seems to me Harry doth protest too much. Robin Hood is a mythic figure. Like all mythic figures he can be re-invented as story-tellers like. Maybe the audience will go along, maybe they won't. As for the history part, well, I'm not going to see a movie called "Robin Hood" to see a historically accurate film. Sounds to me like they've combined an interpretation of Robin Hood with a story suggested by historical events, overlaid with a good dollop of fiction. Sounds fair. Suspension of disbelief and all that. I'm a huge fan of Errol Flynn and "The Adventures of Robin Hood," but I'm willing to entertain other interpretations. This movie might suck, but if it does it will be because the script, acting, and/or direction fail, not because it ain't your daddy's Robin Hood or your momma's history book.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:57 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    "Grown-up but not too serious; action-packed but not juvenile… Not only is this the mullet-free Robin Hood movie we’ve been waiting decades for, it’s also Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe at their most entertaining since Gladiator." Empire magazine 4/5.<p> Hmmm...

  • May 12, 2010, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Harry, why is there no story of PIXAR canceling "NEWT"

    by D.Vader

    I'm appalled you guys, die-hard PIXAR fans, wouldn't report on such a story.

  • May 12, 2010, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Ridley Scott is...dare I say, a hack!

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    I'll decide after his next movie

  • May 12, 2010, 5:05 p.m. CST

    That sux

    by elBox

    My wife really wants to see this. Is it appropriate to dump my wife off to watch this junk while I go see Iron Man 2 again?... I think so.

  • May 12, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST

    well when you see that Robing is played by a

    by ominus

    fat guy with a beard,you already know that there is something wrong with the movie.

  • May 12, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST

    I wish they kept the original script

    by KevinMuller

    I was really interested when I first heard this film was going to be about Nottingham. They were going to make him the hero and make Robin Hood the villain. As soon as they destroyed that idea and decided to make another Robin Hood that was "real", I knew it was going to blow. Harry maybe wrong at time with his reviews, but everything he talks about is what I feared would happen to a once promising project.

  • May 12, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Another poorly written 'review' from Harry...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    I couldn't make head 'nor tail of it. Whatever: Harry's consensus - NOES '10 is fantastic, Iron Man 2 massages his G-Spot, and Robin Hood is worse than 'GI Jane' (the prior worst Ridley Scott movie). Bravo, big chap - you've excelled yourself in stupidity this time.

  • May 12, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Major kudos for not mentioning 'Gladiator' in your review

    by david26

    I'll watch this but I'm lowering my expectations beforehand. Never thought I'd do that with a Ridley Scott film.

  • May 12, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Ah, so, THIS was a 'colossal failure'; but Nightmare on Elm was

    by HelveticaConspiracy

    Right. Sorry, Big Guy, love ya but I'm not buying it. Elm Street was a boring waste of time and I'm loving everything I'm seeing on Robin Hood. I hope you're wrong. No offense...

  • May 12, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Wow, it's like someone remaking THE BLOB without a Blob--

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Oh wait. Someone is going to do that.

  • May 12, 2010, 5:25 p.m. CST

    A modern Robin Hood

    by I_shot_Cyrus

    Master thieves a la oceans 11, who rob from bailed out cororations and give to the forclosed and disenfranchised.

  • May 12, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Why my friend Harry is dead

    by JackSlater4

    wrong about Robin Hood...<P> Is the post I will lead with this weekend if the movie turns out to be good.

  • May 12, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST

    I once read a historiographic investigation into...

    by rbatty024

    Robin Hood. The book asked the question, if Robin Hood did exist, then who was he? The answer was, if I remember correctly, a yeoman who became a highway bandit. It wasn't terribly interesting. The more interesting question is why did the Robin Hood story resonate and why was it change during certain moments in history. It looks like this film tried to ask the first, unanswerable question, and failed miserably.

  • May 12, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Harry, you do know that Robin Hood ISN"T history, right?

    by D.Vader

    I mean, you do know he's more or less a myth at this point, right?

  • May 12, 2010, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Scott hasn't made a great film since Bladerunner...

    by workshed

    ...and please don't say 'Gladiator'.

  • May 12, 2010, 5:34 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    Don't you mean overrated?

  • May 12, 2010, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Harry, did you feel the same way about KING ARTHUR?

    by chronicallydepressedlemming

    Because I felt the exact same way about that, as you do about this. I couldn't believe I was seeing a tale full of magic and myth was being handled like a brawl in mud.

  • May 12, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Harry tells us he proof-reads his articles

    by D.Vader

    The biggest lie this site has ever tried to sell us.

  • May 12, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    All films must have an epic battle!

    by Sgubs

    Lord of the Rings style. Every fantasy, historical film must now have a sword and sandle style battle. Its really quite boring. And who like these so-called historically accurate legends? I thought they failed eg King Arthur with Clive Owen. Accurate = boring!!!! Bring back the fantasy legend that made the story great. I'm with you Harry.

  • May 12, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    This review makes me more excited to see it.

    by Blitz

    I know the robin hood story already. If its something other than Robin Hood but still uses the names but is Medieval and great Im all for it. I love this stuff.

  • May 12, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Cobra-Kai, again with a very sensible post re: Harry

    by D.Vader

    Kudos to you sir. You got it right.<p> Acapellaman, you fail the entire talkback for saying this was Harry's best thought out and best written review.

  • May 12, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST

    The whole enterprise is dated anyway

    by Disco_sucks

    Crowe, Blanchett, Scott - all the principles peaked in popularity years ago and the gritty historical epic has long had its day. Of course these things move in and out with the tides of popularity but as much as anything, it seems out of place in a blockbuster landscape that's centred more towards the future at the moment.

  • May 12, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Russ le Roc , Russ le Roc riding through the glen

    by alan_poon

    Russ Le Roc , Russ le Roc with his merry men.

  • May 12, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Harry, iz it OK if I still rent it when it comes out on VIDEO ?

    by MattHooper


  • May 12, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Robin Hood Prince of Thieves

    by honestune

    Is an underrated piece of over-the-top lunacy. Rickman is batshit insane, the direction is totally bugged out, and though the movie is far from perfect, it is FUN -- a word that R. Scott knows little about.

  • May 12, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST

    This has gone from "must see" to "maybe rent"

    by Yeti


  • May 12, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST

    so i guess universals check was late

    by Bathman

    hense harry's bad review, come on universal you need to be like Warners and ensure the fat man has his money before the film comes out or he won't write a good review<P>Don't worry theres still time to pay up so when the bluray comes out harry can write "I didn't like this movie on first viewing. That said, watching it at home I fucking bugnuts loved it!"

  • May 12, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    needs robin hood reboot: the high school years 3D.

    by alice133

    the musical. <p>starring justin bieber.

  • May 12, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Film is gonna suck

    by barnaby jones

    Ridley Scott is vastly overrated. People seem to finally be acknowledging it.

  • May 12, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Thanks kwisatzhaderach. Still looks terrific

    by belasco_house

    And more epic than I remember!

  • May 12, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    illl watch a robin hood movie...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...,if its set in the future wit some laser arrows... til then i say good day

  • May 12, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Well, no one from Production gave AICN an interview.

    by Ganymede3001

    Which automatically means the movie will panned. I'll do my trolling here, but I'll get my real movie reviews from Latinoreview.

  • May 12, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    D.Vader -- I suppose that AICN has chosen to bury their

    by Craquette

    head in the sand, instead of acknowledging the obvious, that PIXAR is evolving into a sequel factory, trying to squeeze out as much profit out of their properties as they can, instead of breaking new ground, seeking out different and innovative ways to tell stories. PIXAR can get away with murder here, criticizing PIXAR is tantamount to treason, meanwhile Dreamworks gets zero respect.

  • May 12, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Harry gets it right

    by karkha2

    Saw this last week at a sneak preview. I think I fell asleep. If you follow all the same problems with ROTS and AOTCs are superimposed on this movie.

  • May 12, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST

    harrys review

    by stringerbell

    worst review ive ever read

  • May 12, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Your review is total bullshit. It's a great movie.

    by hypnotron

    Just got back from watching it tonight, superb recreation of 12th Century Britain with fiction expertly woven into historical fact. Great performances all round, great soundtrack, great visuals and of course great direction from Ridley. It is incomparable to King Arthur, a totally different league of film making. It is a solid, entertaining film and without question the best adaption of the Robin Hood myth consigned to screen. To say Robin Hood belongs to legend rather than history is a really fucking stupid criticism to make about a work of fiction, you didn't watch a documentary, you watched a movie! HBO's Rome did the same thing, historical inaccuracies combined with the stories of fictional characters (the only two soldiers Julius Caesar is ever recorded as mentioning, no detail about them other than an act of heroism in battle) but it worked. I guess Universal/Imagine didn't send you a goodie bag. Bullshit review.

  • May 12, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Yeah, there has been ZERO coverage of Robin Hood here...

    by D.Vader

    No set visits, no interviews, nothing. Hrrrmmm.... It really does make you wonder sometimes, the way this website is run. <p> And yeah Craquette, I dunno WHY AICN is refusing to run the PIXAR cancelling "NEWT" story, I dunno if its bc PIXAR is focusing on sequels to Cars and Monsters Inc, but it is bizarre that AICN, a fervent CHAMPION of PIXAR, doesn't even mention it. <p> The possible reason? AICN is fucking lazy as hell. They'll report on it tomorrow.

  • May 12, 2010, 6:08 p.m. CST

    "By the time the movie started – I decided to just set aside a l

    by EddieMurphysLaugh

    Stopped reading the review RIGHT THERE. Harry made up his mind about this before even walking into it. I love a film reviewer who writes their reviews before seeing a film, or not at all (COUGHS KICK ASS COUGHS)

  • May 12, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Unecessarily harsh

    by Star Hump

    McWeeney's at Hitfix review was as well. Ridley Scott gets the benefit of the doubt from me. Considering the track records of each "writer", their reviews are simply not convincing.

  • May 12, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Russell Crowe is a dickwad, sorry.

    by crankyoldguy

    Thinks his poop don't stink. For years now. And this one is little better than a TV movie with a bigger budget. The action is okay, but the story is not bloody Robin Hood. Period. And little boy Carradine, I'd rather watch Iron Man 2, hell, Ghost Rider, IM2 made some little boys and their dads very happy, junior, so shut up you juvenile. Go ahead, fire back. Won't reply. A moron isn't worth more of my time. Meanwhile, go rent, if you don't own, the Errol Flynn classic. Or even the Richard Green Brit TV series. Those were Robin Hood. End of story.

  • May 12, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Harry clearly isn't tight with Sir Ridley

    by GodMars

    Dick sucking reviews are reserved for people Harry is sucking up to.

  • May 12, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Everything I do.........

    by Duggy

    I do it for you!!

  • May 12, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Ridley Scott hasn't made a good film since Bladerunner?

    by Hesiod2k7

    Ummm...what? Ever see Blackhwak Down? Thelma and Louise? As for the a-historical criticism, that's fair, I guess. The problem is trying to shoe-horn a certain mythology into real historical events.

  • May 12, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST


    by wisp

    Part of the fun watching Robin Hood growing up was that he was just a cool outsider. Just wondering, Harry, if part of the problem with this film is that he is not an outsider for much of it? He is closely tied to the throne. I haven't seen the movie, but I inferred as much from your review.

  • May 12, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    I liked the 80s Showtime Robin Hood.

    by GO14

    That was the best.

  • May 12, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    The truth about Robin Hood...

    by Hesiod2k7

    ...was that he was probably a minor highwayman bandit who became a folk hero because he bucked the unpopular Prince John. It was probably propaganda stoked up by John's Noblemen rivals, or people loyal to King Richard. It just accreted all of the extra little details such as Friar Tuck later on.

  • May 12, 2010, 6:27 p.m. CST


    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • May 12, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    I'm gonna see this movie.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • May 12, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    workshed said Scott hasn't made a 'great' film since


    Bladerunner. And he's right.Blackhawk and Louise and are good movies, not greatness like Bladerunner.

  • May 12, 2010, 6:29 p.m. CST

    And you're all wrong. The best Robin Hood story ever was...

    by Hesiod2k7

    ...the Looney Toons cartoon with Porky Pig as Friar Tuck.

  • May 12, 2010, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Blackhawk's a great film.

    by Hesiod2k7

    Better than anything Cameron's put out in the past 20 years -- including Avatar.

  • May 12, 2010, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Harry can't do simple math

    by skimn

    Crowe was born April 7, 1964, which by my calculation makes him just 46 years old by a month, 45 when he filmed Robin Hood. If you are so hung up on the age of the actor playing a character, at least get your numbers correct.

  • May 12, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST


    by Hesiod2k7

    If the criticism of Ridley Scott is that he hasn't put an alltime masterpiece on the screen since "Bladerunner" (and Alien just before that) -- but has only "hacked" his way through at least 3 or 4 extremely good films such as Blackhawk Down, Kingdom of Heaven, Thelma and Louise and Gladiator -- then that's not much of a criticism. There are only a handful of directors who ever LIVED who made more than one masterpiece.

  • May 12, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Are you not entertained?

    by alan_poon


  • May 12, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Should have made a Cuchulain movie

    by Drath

    Blanchett would make a kick ass Mauve!

  • May 12, 2010, 6:36 p.m. CST

    A pox on post-modernism

    by malcolm_mccallum

    A curse on cleverness, irony, and the cool. There is little so insipid as radical reimaginings. Bring back storytelling, legends, beauty, and majesty.

  • May 12, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Rather see a Bladerunner sequel than another Alien movie

    by Hesiod2k7


  • May 12, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST

    I love......

    by Number9997 this guy fishes to find a way to throw any praise in that Twilight movie's direction, but he goes the EXTRA mile to shred this Robin Hood movie in an exceptionally long fashion. This dude is not educated about cinema, nor is he objective. What a hack!

  • May 12, 2010, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Just tell the old story

    by drewlicious

    I would have straight up loved the idea of telling the story we all know instead of what we're getting. I actually lost half of the interest I originaly had for this movie when I learned it was a prequel. I hate prequels, its just another form of revisionism as far as I'm concerned. If it ain't broke don't fix it.

  • May 12, 2010, 6:43 p.m. CST

    C'Mon Harry it's not that Bad

    by Captain RawBeard

    I found it to be a good enjoyable film, not mind meltingly awesome, but a decent break from all the CGI shit fests we have had this year. Yes it told a different spin but I found that refreshing and a lot better than other Robin Hood's. Although Alan Rickman is still the best Sheriff<br> <br> I could be biased coz I worked on the film but I recognise its not as Amazing as it could have been, plus I noticed some huge chunks of stuff was missing (some I would consider very vital to the plot) but overall it was good, just get your stick out your ass Harry and enjoy films for what they are

  • May 12, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Gladiator was great to me...

    by Ganymede3001

    He should of done a prequel to Gladiator. Nothing is cooler than Ancient Rome.

  • May 12, 2010, 6:46 p.m. CST

    How did it compare With Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves?

    by Merlin_Ambrosius

  • May 12, 2010, 6:47 p.m. CST

    What about Robin Hood: Men In Tights?

    by Merlin_Ambrosius

  • May 12, 2010, 6:47 p.m. CST

    And Harry, how about a SMALLVILLE Talkback!

    by Merlin_Ambrosius

    It being the season finale and all!

  • May 12, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST

    And yet--you liked the Nightmare on Elm St. remake.

    by fiester

    Dude. You have zero fucking credibility. I swear, you're just kissing ass and settling scores with your reviews. <p> I do not doubt this film is flawed: but I am willing to bet it's far superior to that recent Nightmare on Elm Street remake you creamed you jeans about last week.

  • May 12, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    The most neglected part of Roman history...

    by Hesiod2k7 TV or Movie form is the Middle Republic. The time of the Punic Wars was an incredibly interesting period. The late Republic, with Julius Caesar is extremely overtold. As is the early Empire in period surrounding the birth of Jesus. Gladiator was a bit refreshing in that it dealt with the High Empire. But, when Rome was still a true Republic was when it was most cool and interesting, IMHO.

  • May 12, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    I liked the Old BBC Robin Hood starring Jason Connery!

    by Merlin_Ambrosius

  • May 12, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    "only to find an injured right hand man of the now dead King Ric

    by Not The Messiah


  • May 12, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Cate Blanchett was the BEST thing about this movie!

    by Merlin_Ambrosius

    A friend of mine who was an extra on the set said everybody loved Cate, and that Russel Crowe was a REAL Asshole to everyone!

  • May 12, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Gladiator is great; KoH director's cut is great

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Harry says this movie is Scott's worst, and quite frankly, there's no way in hell Robin Hood is worse than GI Jane, White Squall, A Good Year, and Hannibal. Another overly-emotive so-called review from Harry, who clearly can't get past his love for Eroll Flynn in green tights.

  • May 12, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Wasn't there a Robin Sit Com with Duncan Reigher in the 70's?

    by Hesiod2k7

  • May 12, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST

    And prior to Men In Tights didn't Mel Brooks

    by skimn

    do a TV spoof called When Things Were Rotten?

  • May 12, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST

    "When things were rotten." That's the name.

    by Hesiod2k7

    It was a Mel Brooks produced Robin Hood sitcom. It was the precursor to "Robin Hood: Men in Tights."

  • May 12, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Sequel to t'The Dark Knight"

    by dcsmith

    I've written a screenplay called "Batman: Revelations" that serves as a sequel to "The Dark Knight". The first scene is someone catching up with Coleman Reese and asking him... questions. I'm honestly looking for opinions from fellow movie lovers. You can find the whole script at:

  • May 12, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Wizards and Warriors had Regher in it.

    by Hesiod2k7

    My bad.

  • May 12, 2010, 6:59 p.m. CST

    oh boy.....


    what were they thinking?

  • May 12, 2010, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Ridley's become a hack machine

    by reflecto

    KOH was wonderful, a fluke, but the huge success of Gladiator mostly disarmed him and made him a studio drone disguised as an auteur. American Gangster: Mediocre. A Good Year: Awful. Body Of Lies: Eh. This: Ugh.

  • May 12, 2010, 7 p.m. CST

    Oh, and Hannibal was godawful.

    by reflecto

  • May 12, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Harry wrestles...

    by Scalvador

    with basic grammar, sentence construction and spelling.

  • May 12, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    "The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood."

    by Hesiod2k7

    That's the one I was thinking of from the early 1980's. It starred George Segal as Robin and Morgan Fairchild as Marian. What a piece of crap that was. LOL! Although Tom Baker played Guy of Gisborne and Roddy McDowell played Prince John.

  • May 12, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST

    ya reflecto


    but with the right material I think he can be a great director again... man I hope they get a good Alien script going.

  • May 12, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    You know, I've just figured something out about

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Harry's grammar. The reason why so many of his sentences are fragments and he- breaks them- up, so many times- is because he's a really big, out of shape guy and in real life he could never speak for that long without running out of breath.<p> was a good review, though. I'm kinda high right now, so I'll read it again when I've straightened out a little. You gave it a rave, right?

  • May 12, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Harry why did you talk about the BO?

    by umbral_shadow_

    It "deserves" to fail with a big thud at the box office? Who the fuck do you think you are? By all means review the film, say you hate it, but saying it DESERVES to fail financially just because your dumb fuck of a mind wasn't sufficiently entertained makes you look like a uber douche. Fuck you Harry.

  • May 12, 2010, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Re: workshed

    by Viewer 3

    ...Gladiator.<p><p>For all of its historical inaccuracies and legendary editing mistakes, the film is a testament to great storytelling and amazing production design. Crowe's Maximus has to be one of the greatest period-piece protagonists ever to grace film. And ironically enough, I chuckled to myself when I first saw the trailer for it in a theater. It looked like a completely uninteresting waste of time.<p><p>The previews for Robin Hood haven't exactly seemed like this movie is destined for greatness. But you never know. What I DO know, is that everyone here who is suddenly saying "Awwww, so I guess this means it sucks, and I was actually looking forward to it," needs to stop being so god damn dramatic and take this review with its well-deserved grain of salt.

  • May 12, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Whew. What an astoundingly stupid-sounding plot.

    by kevred

    Good grief - how does something with this much star power and this big a budget end up relying on such a stupid, convoluted, absurd, outlandish plot such as this? It sounds like a combination of empty filler plus ridiculous shoe-horning in of all the classic characters...who never met until the later Robin Hood stories we all know.<p>Sigh.<p>

  • May 12, 2010, 7:14 p.m. CST

    I thought Gladiator was a bunch of boring tripe.

    by kevred

    I like Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, and some of Ridley Scott. But I thought that film was a boring pile of pretension, melodrama, and implausibility.<p>Just casting a vote. Give me Master & Commander any day.

  • May 12, 2010, 7:14 p.m. CST

    thanks for the heads up

    by antonphd

    now i know what to expect going into this film. i appreciate you going out of your way to write this review. you usually only do positive reviews. it's funny, cause i kinda sensed from the trailer that this was how the film was going to be and it was making me really not want to watch it. now that i know what the story is that they tell... i'm actually interested finally.

  • May 12, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Ridley Scott should just retire already!

    by Craquette

    Just buy a tropical island somewhere if you haven't already, and live out your days there. Your time is over. Thanks for the memories!

  • May 12, 2010, 7:16 p.m. CST


    by Sal_Bando

    Harold--you, of all people, are bitching about realism and believability in a fuckin' Robin Hood movie-?! Really? Russell Crowe can't do this movie because he's too old? 47 doesn't ring true here-but you are just hunky and dory w/ your friend Cokey's little clusterfuck of WWII w/ Brad Pitt and Eli Roth? <p> Wow gee Credibility here pallie. <p> Look up Belisarius sometime or Narses. Look at what Narses-a 75 year old Eunuch for crissakes-did in the 500's in the Gothic Wars in Italy. You're sadly misinformed here Harold. Sure Robbing Hood should be under 40 and running around doing the Errol Flynn stuff. <p> But that ain't gonna play too well now. <p> I look forwards to your gushing review of the next Cokey or Richard Rodriguez abomination Sirrah. <p> Remember you spooged horribly for Watchmen. Watchmen was garbage. You may wanna re-think this.

  • May 12, 2010, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Why do people want movies to be realistic?

    by RPLocke

    Robin Hood isn't real at ALL anyway, he's a myth.

  • May 12, 2010, 7:18 p.m. CST

    ...the one film i didnt like since production..BUT

    by mattforce7

    it has been peeking m interest lately, and its the one film Harry HATES?

  • May 12, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST


    by mrbonefish

    How can you like that over-rated POS called "Gladiator" and not like this shit? Scott must be off his speed-dial.

  • May 12, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Harry, I love you like a brother, but

    by m_reporter

    This review doesn't even scratch the surface of why this isn't a good movie.<p> There's nothing wrong with the casting or anything considering the world of the film. The main problem is in the structure of the script. You have 3 villains, that take the emotional edge of Robin's journey, and none of them are in any way connected to the hero. There is no relationship between the villains and the hero. None. After returning the crown Robin is a completely unmotivated character as well, hence we don't give a crap about his story. He just does stuff because he thinks it's right, there is no emotional link between the character and his deeds.<p> They play the father angle but it's too weak since it's revealed to the audience far too late, and by that time we already sat through 1.5 hours and don't give a crap. If they played it early, Robin would have something to fight for, and the audience something to cheer him on for. Like this, it's just a complete emotional separation between the Hero and the audience.<p> That's just the basic structure flaws, the movie is also painfully slow in some long parts of act 2, there are way too many important players as well, and the film is very unfocused. Sure, Robin is clearly the protagonist, but then you're also jumping around in the story following at least 5 more characters. I don't want to go too far in to detail, because the film just isn't worth it.

  • May 12, 2010, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Maybe Crowe would've been a better Robin...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...10 years ago. He's really gotten puffy and haggard looking, not unlike the terrible aging of Alec Baldwin. At least Baldwin had the good sense to give up action heroing and move into TV comedies. Also, Ridley Scott has really become a has-been. I dread his Alien prequel. Also someone mentioned LOST here in the wrong TB. Lost is the only show that both jumped the shark and nuked the fridge at the same time. A BSG finale-level epic fail. But at least BSG was just the victim of idiot decision-making. The stupid BSG finale didn't actually deliberately negate everything that happened in all it's preceding seasons as is the case with Lost. I doubt I'll even bother watching next week's ep and the (Christ!) two-and-a-half HOUR finale. Might DVR it to watch during the doldrums of summer, though when it's so hot outside all I wanna do is stay inside and get ripped. But granted, none of this has anything to do with Scott's Robin Hood, besides all the suckage, that is. Sorry for the lengthy digression there Harry.

  • May 12, 2010, 7:29 p.m. CST

    ridley scott decided to not suck harry

    by stringerbell

  • May 12, 2010, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Dang, Iron Man 2 dropping like a rock

    by RPLocke

    at the box office. It wont even be around in a few weeks. James Cameron must be laughing his ass off.

  • May 12, 2010, 7:32 p.m. CST

    ridley decided to not suck harrys dick thus

    by stringerbell

    getting a bad review.ridleys no robert rodriguez

  • May 12, 2010, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Heh... How does it compare with...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ... When Things Were Rotten?

  • May 12, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST

    So basically it's a parody of Robin Hood?

    by Crooooooow

    They even changed the names slightly.

  • May 12, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST


    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...IM2 hasn't even had its 2nd weekend yet dude. How many people leave a hard day at work and think: "I think a movie would be just the thing right now!"? Clueless!

  • May 12, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST

    I loved this movie

    by Thomas_Silane

    I’m just getting out of the theater and in spite of a bastard commenting throughout the whole movie, I loved it for the same reason Harry hated it: It was a very different take from the Curtiz masterpiece. Those latter weeks, I’ve made myself a “Robin Hood festival”. “The adventures of Robin Hood” is simply one of my favorite movies of all time and it was a real treat to see for the first time with my 6 y.o. daughter. After that most of the followers looked like… followers. Even the good ones. “Bandit of Sherwood Forest” is charming, Don Taylor was solid in “Men of S.F.”, even Giulianno Gemma is fun in “L’arciere di Sherwood”, but finally they all try to re-tell a story already perfectly told. The two that tried to be different are unsatisfactory : “Robin and Marian” has its moments but is dramatically weak, and the John Irvin “Robin Hood” is an interesting take on the seminal Celtic origin of this story but lacks ultimately of panache. In a way, the Ridley Scott movie takes the two most interesting things in those two movies (Robin being a professional warrior from the Lester flick, and the English/paganist point of view from the Irvin’s one) and pushed the envelope to make it something more significant. So no, this Robin Hood is not the playful but fundamentally honest and loyal/patriotical hero we love (and America certainly needed in 1938), he’s much more than that. Scott and Helgeland see in him nothing less than the personalization of the will of a Magna Carta. Historically, it’s not stupid as this document was obtained against John Lackland, Robin’s usual Nemesis. And after movies like “Kingdom of Heaven” or “Body of Lies”, I find it quite relevant in the Ridley Scott corpus. What strikes me in your words, Harry, is the severity that seems to condemn ambition. Most online reviews on this film are at best so-so and that kinda surprised me compared to the praises a tepid movie like “Iron Man 2” harvested. But, after giving it some thoughts, it appeared to me as quite comprehensible. The vast majority of the reviews comes from the U.S.A. and Ridley Scott as surprisingly as it seems in a PG rated Universal produced movie doesn’t give an Hollywoodian vision of the character. On the contrary, he steels it back from America to make it again a completely British character. The superb aerial shots that fly over the England landscapes before the final battle let not ambiguity. “Robin Hood” is simply an ode to his country, a vibrant dramatization of its construction as a democracy. Oh, I forgot to say I also found it truly spectacular and fun.

  • May 12, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    Worldwide it's doing great, but here in the U.S. it's kinda struggling.

  • May 12, 2010, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Harry and Collosal Failure in the same sentence. Perfect

    by Proman1984

    What shallow idiotic dumbass Harold Knowles is.

  • May 12, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Guys do you know what is the worst thing with this film?

    by ominus

    That if its indeed so crap,that means that Sir Riddley has lost it for good.But Riddley is now making the Alien prequel,and if he has indeed lost it,then that means that the future of the Alien prequel does not deem very well. <p>In other words,dont have high hopes for a great new Alien movie,if Riddley is not in his prime anymore.Hope for at least a decent flick if not a mediocre one.anyway,

  • May 12, 2010, 7:40 p.m. CST

    All the studios care about is worldwide take anymore

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    Shit they don't even premiere shit here first anymore. Give it a second weekend. If it drops off by a huge percentage, then I'll agree with you.

  • May 12, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST

    As long as they are going for history...

    by malcolm_mccallum

    Why aren't they portraying Robin Hood as a terrorist and insurgent, flouting the rule of law to murder cops from the darkness?

  • May 12, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST

    The cast is too old.

    by BigTuna

    Both Crowe and Blacnchett. Too bad they didn't try that twist on the story with the Sheriff of Nottingham being good. The story is so old and been donme to death, it needed a new spin on it.

  • May 12, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Fuck... will Ridley ever equal Blade Runner/Alien again?

    by SK229

    Why does he seem to waste his time with shit like this? As soon as I heard this was being made, I thought it sounded like he made the decision as such, "Ahhh, fook, yah, let's go shoot that one." And by all means, I think this review is the biggest bunch of bullshit on the planet and would NEVER take Harry's reviews seriously because on the surface, it really seems as if he can throw out an overly negative review for any movie he isn't completely enthralled with that HASN'T paid up by advertising heavily on the site or giving set visits, interviews, etc. So Harry gets to seem like he occasionally doesn't like something, even though the fact that he liked NOES gives the lie to the entire operation. That was a fucking abomination.<p>But back to Ridley... I just watched Dangerous Days again not too long ago and want to know what the fuck happened to the little Napoleonic bastard that directed that film? Same with Alien... someone insanely devoted to craft and getting it right who is still that way with production design but suddenly doesn't give a shit if he has an original, well thought out script, post-Legend. And I know Thelma and Louise is one of those screenwriting lesson-type scripts, but COME THE FUCK ON... this is the guy who was in Kubrick territory after The Duelists, Alien, BR, and even Legend... did he aspire all along to becoming the so-good-he's-almost-an-auteur studio hack? I get the feeling he just loves the process of being a studio institution and loves to work, what with the 900 directors he's got in his stable at RSA films, the t.v. shows, commercials, games, web shit, you-name-it-the-Scott brothers-are-producing-it production company, and the EIGHTEEN FILMS in development... but can't it be about more than that? Maybe it's wishful thinking and wanting the impossible because that's just how a career goes, but I'd love to see Ridley do another sci-fi classic in the twilight of his career... or maybe not, the fucker seems to have more on his plate than ever, so here's to hoping he lives to be 110. And this is coming from someone who thinks American Gangster is one of the most underrated movies of the last decade and is WAY better than Gladiator.

  • May 12, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Prince of Thieves is underrated.

    by BigTuna

    Sure, Costner gave a bad performance, but the film is very entertaining, and has aged well. And Alan Rickman is amazing as the Shriff of Nottingham.

  • May 12, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    a Cuchulain movie

    by Star Hump

    Damn that's a great idea. When are the Irish myths going to get their chance? Finn Mac Cool? I'd love to see a Brian Boru "Lion of Ireland" movie too.

  • May 12, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST

    "How does Russell and Cate hook up?"

    by Mullah Omar

    "I's is going to tell you." <br> <br> Harry's terrible writing aside, the Ridley-bashing is a bit bizarre. At his worst, Ridley Scott is still a filmmaker who produces cinema worth checking out. Despite a few clunkers in recent years, I believe he could hit a few more out of the park. It would be sad to see him hang it up at this point, and I just flat out disagree with anyone who thinks he doesn't have the talent and capacity to justify future work. Good directors should die with their boots on.

  • May 12, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Harry hates it?

    by vezner2007

    Sounds like a movie I should check out. Harry truly has become a great movie critic. I know without a shadow of a doubt that anything he loves, I will hate and vice versa. Thanks Harry! Robin Hood, here I come!

  • May 12, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Rocket Robinhood

    by MST3KPIMP

    Remember that show? Friggin sweet! This should be the next logical direction for any future film.

  • May 12, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Not surprised RH is a crappy flick.

    by Orbots Commander

    The trailers for this are some of the worst I've ever seen for a supposed Summer tent-pole flick. It makes it look like that low rent Patrick Bergen Robin Hood from almost twenty years ago. <p> I'm getting sort of tired of the 'gritty', 'edgy' and 'realistic' version of mythical figures.

  • May 12, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

    Average life expectancy: a common fallacy

    by Barabbas

    The average life expectancy of a population is a factor of everyone who is born, and thus includes infant and childhood mortality. So in a pre-20th century population, if an individual avoided infant or childhood mortality, that individual could easily live into their sixties or seventies. Granted poor nutrition and unsanitary conditions ended the lives of some adults prematurely, but the real culprit that reduces the "Average Life Span" number is young childhood mortality. Do a Wiki search on "Average". Thanks for the review though, it's just as I predicted.

  • May 12, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST

    God forbid its historically detailed

    by umbral_shadow_

    because that's not what Harry "elephant ass" Knowles wants. What he wants is some twenty-five year old swinging through the trees shooting arrows upside down while strumming a harp simultaneously because THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT! what Harry "bison breasts" Knowles wants is a twenty minute sword fight with the Sheriff of Nottingham with a half naked Marion shrieking in the background because THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT! Harry you are the dumbest fuck this side of the milky way. Over and out.

  • May 12, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Shoulda made Cate Blanchett Robin Hood

    by Wookie_Weed

    And Rusty the Sheriff of Nottingham. Mix things up a bit. And made it more tongue-in-cheek, so Blanchett doesn't go all Joan of Arc/Boudica.

  • May 12, 2010, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Jack in the Green

    by Wookie_Weed

    They should've scrapped the historical realism and gone after the mythology, Jack in the Green, the Green Man, and all that.

  • May 12, 2010, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Re: umbral_shadow

    by SK229

    'Bison breasts'... that's some fuckin' funny shit.

  • May 12, 2010, 8:17 p.m. CST

    worse than "A Good Year?"

    by slaughterstorm

    because that's my least favorite Ridley Scott film. Just sayin.

  • May 12, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Rotten Tomatoes: 51%

    by Powerring

    Not much better than the non-English accent Costner version. Cate Blanchette just doesn't do it for me either.

  • May 12, 2010, 8:19 p.m. CST

    I love Kingdom Of Heaven

    by Wookie_Weed

    I love that Ridley Scott went with the historical realism with Robin Hood... but. The film was flat, it lacked energy, emotion, passion, it was LIFELESS. When Robin and co storm the french castle, i did not feel anything, i kept checking my watch. Bow and arrow in hand, they had a target pinned to a barn, and they missed the entire fucking barn. Quint's pulling an arrow out of his arse all the way over there in LA.

  • May 12, 2010, 8:19 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack


  • May 12, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST


    by kafka07

    I fucking hate Russell Crowe.

  • May 12, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST


    by Captain RawBeard

    Cate was awesome, but Russell was not an asshole, sure he didn't mingle with everyone but always seemed relaxed and (gasp) cheerful. Plus he helped out one of the crew with a problem she was having. Working with him turned my opinion on him a full 180

  • May 12, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST


    by Captain RawBeard

    Kevin Durand is an absolute legend. Such a down to earth easy going guy.

  • May 12, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Harry, I feel for you, man

    by kafka07

    I'm so sorry you had to watch this. You're the true brave one in all of this.

  • May 12, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Kevin Durand aka Keamy, is fucking awesome

    by D.Vader

    I'm a big fan of that dude now and hope to see him in a lot of things in the future.

  • May 12, 2010, 8:35 p.m. CST

    No one should ever have to feel bad for Harry

    by D.Vader

    When he watches a free movie.

  • May 12, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Merry Men made it for me...

    by vanchimera

    That sounds wrong, but feh... when we saw the flick 3 weeks back in Toronto we all enjoyed the fuck out of it. I guess I don't have the same retarded standards, but whatever. Anyhow, the Merry Men were great, especially an unexpected bit of fun from fellow Newfoundlander Alan Doyle. That was a treat for me.

  • May 12, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST

    don't worry Harry, the director's cut will be better!

    by Gungan Slayer

    You know it to be true. All your fears will be addressed appropriately in ROBIN HOODS: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT, coming soon!

  • May 12, 2010, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Get some structure in your reviews

    by oborostyle

    i wanted to walk out before the end of it. but i sat through your writings, because i really liked ridleys robin hood. the flaws i think are more in the execution of some story elements, some things are rushed and the last battle is a dumbed down mess and warrior marion silly and unnecessary. but no way a mess, more a robin begins.

  • May 12, 2010, 8:46 p.m. CST

    OUTLAAWWWWW guy was the most memorable thing in the ads

    by CountryBoy

  • May 12, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Kevin Durand aka Keamy

    by Captain RawBeard

    I kept asking him about Lost. He said he loved playing Keamy as he was a proper badass. and told me how he was scared of hurting the actress playing Ben's Daughter as she was so tiny. I reckon Durand should play Dredd

  • May 12, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Historical Accuracy?

    by Junior Frenger

    Hmmm... I wonder what Harry thought of Braveheart?

  • May 12, 2010, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Cate Blanchett is way too old...

    by MajorFrontbum play Marion. Blanchett is 41 and Marion is supposed to be 18 years of age. What a load of fucking shit!

  • May 12, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Kevin Costner laughs at you all!!!

    by theycallmemrtibbs


  • May 12, 2010, 9:06 p.m. CST

    summer 2010

    by Jared

    I can't remember a more underwhelming summer blockbuster season. I'm excited to see "Inception" and "Toy Story 3" and that's about it. Is the 2008 writer's strike catching up to us?

  • May 12, 2010, 9:13 p.m. CST

    The Disney version is all I need.


    Oo-de-lally, oo-de-lally, golly what a day!

  • May 12, 2010, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Harry, Connery was 44 when he played Robin Hood...

    by BadMrWonka

    but hey, that adds even more credibility to your argument.

  • May 12, 2010, 9:17 p.m. CST


    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Iron Man 2 is doing fine. It dropped on Monday and Tuesday just about what the first Iron Man did as well as about what Twilight: New Moon and Alice In Wonderland did. The drop was more severe than The Dark Knight or Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, but certainly not anything crazy. Honest to God, who the fuck determines that a movie is "kinda struggling" in the U.S. two days after posting the fifth biggest opening of all-time?!?!? Fuck, I should "kinda struggle" so much. And by "kinda struggling," it's still number one on Monday and Tuesday (the two days AFTER posting the fifth biggest opening of all time) and made about TEN TIMES what the number two movie did on those days. I may not know what sort of ulterior motive makes someone declare that Iron Man 2 is "kinda struggling" for the two days after the fifth biggest opening while making ten times what the number two movie did, but I do know that there is one.

  • May 12, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Harry, Ridley is going to declare you

    by GhostDad


  • May 12, 2010, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Dang, Avatar dropping like a rock

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    at the box office. It wont even be around in a few weeks. Someone must be laughing his ass off.

  • May 12, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Iron man 2 will be number one again

    by Six Demon Bag

    Mark it.

  • May 12, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST


    by Sam_Keith_Wannabe

    "Locksley is how it is traditionally spelt." Seriously? Are you in 3rd grade? Also, ellipses are a privilege, not a right.

  • May 12, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST

    But I think

    by GhostDad

    Everyone signed on wanting to the the "Nothingham" script, and when word came down to "make it about Robin Hood" they refused to do it straightforward. I saw it last week at a screening and I really walked away thinking that it's a movie nobody involved really wanted to make. The Apathy just drips off the screen, especially in Russel Crowe waddling his fat ass around with a bow. You can see how interested Scott is in the timeframe, and I'm sure the Notingham idea would have been the political stuff in this movie minus the shoehorning in of Robin Hood. I'd still LOVE to see that film, with the Sheriff as the central character and Robin Hood as the "villian," you could shape some really good political commentary there. So far, this is the worst movie summer in recent memory, but The Expendables will save us all.

  • May 12, 2010, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Enjoy your alien prequel gayboys!

    by Six Demon Bag

  • May 12, 2010, 9:40 p.m. CST


    by Laserbrain

    The marketers missed a perfect tagline there, methinks.

  • May 12, 2010, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Opinions are like assholes


    I love having mine chewed on.

  • May 12, 2010, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Robin and Marion was fucking awesome....

    by Jobacca

    There are only 3 ways to tell this story- 1.Flynn's Robin Hood 2.Disneys Robin Hood 3. Sean Connery's Robin Hood Thats.All.You.Need. Those 3 movies are the best we're ever going to get for this story. And it cracks me up that Crowe is older than Connerys Robin Hood and this is a prequel story.

  • May 12, 2010, 10:23 p.m. CST

    No need to see this now...

    by MrH

    As usual Harry has given us the whole movie in a "review"

  • May 12, 2010, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Now that's the Harry I know

    by carraway

    i haven't seen this film but I had my suspicions. Frankly I love Ridly Scott and am disappointed. That being said I believe you r review and will skip this one. Following Michael Curtiz/Errol Flynn version (the definitive version) has always been a mistake. Glad to have you back I was seriously doubting your credentials since Nightmare reboot.

  • May 12, 2010, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Tony Scott

    by JustUsNerdsHere

    Frankly, I've enjoyed Tony's last few films than his brother's (minus the taking of Pelham 123), at least his films are fun...wonder if that Warriors remake will ever come to pass...

  • May 12, 2010, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Captain RawBeard

    by Merlin_Ambrosius

    I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. But Cate is still the best!

  • May 12, 2010, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Scott loves history? Really?

    by swordswingingmonkey

    OK, time to put on my medieval-scholar-snob hat. I decided I didn't like this picture basically the moment I saw the trailer. These are some of the crimes against accuracy that bother the bejeezus out of me in "medieval" films, and this Robin Hood isn't the first to commit them... 1) Nobody in the High Middle Ages chiseled slogans into stones in MODERN FUCKING ENGLISH. 2) Nobody in the High Middle Ages posted "wanted posters" on a tree for the benefit of a populace that was OVERWHELMINGLY FUCKING ILLITERATE. 3) Neither kings Richard or John gave two Merovingian donkey turds about England. Richard spent 99% of his time on the Continent or on crusade; England was John's consolation prize for losing the entire Angevin empire their father, Henry II, had brilliantly put together. John loved England so much, he gave away the entire kingdom to the Pope and then rented it back from him. 4) Let it first be known that for a guy, I'm a big feminist. I think butch warrior chicks are sexy, and I've personally fought more than a few. I am, however, SO done with filmmakers putting their medieval heroines in armor and swinging swords because an old-fashioned damsel-in-distress couldn't possibly appeal to modern sensibilities. Fine and dandy for elf princesses, but REAL MEDIEVAL WOMEN DIDN'T FIGHT. Full fucking stop. (And if anyone mentions that poor teenage schizophrenic from Lorraine, I'm gonna kick you in the nuts.) 5) ...and 13th-century women most certainly didn't fight wearing 15th-century helmets. As far as Robin Hood stories go, the film is whatever it is; I don't much care. But don't trumpet Ridley Scott's love for accuracy. I ain't buying it for a second. It's Hollywood, nothing more. We now return you to your regularly scheduled fanboy-fest.

  • May 12, 2010, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Long live Kevin Costner


    postman was awesome

  • May 12, 2010, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Iron Man 2 haters can seriously go fug themselves.

    by HelveticaConspiracy

    The movie is a total blast. Seen it twice. Plan to go back again. Everyone I know loves it. Have no idea what your bitching about. You must be sad, boring people if you didn't enjoy the film...

  • May 12, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Do you like Iron Man? Sure, we all do

    by RPLocke

    I enjoyed the second one, but it could have been better.

  • May 12, 2010, 11:09 p.m. CST

    HARRY... you arent alone...

    by tibbar

    i liked the new NOES too. what was ridley trying to do, make a dark knight version of robin hood? i guess thats the thing now, everything has to be "REAL"

  • May 12, 2010, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Damn Harry

    by Phategod2

  • May 12, 2010, 11:16 p.m. CST

    If it doesn't have Alan Rickman then it SUCKS!!!

    by Han Cholo

    "THAT'S MY WIFE, CRONE!!!!" <p> "I WILL NOT TAKE HER UNTIL WE ARE PPPROPPERLY WED!!!" <p> "Well at least I didn't use a spoon"

  • May 12, 2010, 11:29 p.m. CST

    The Little John in the Costner one was great

    by RPLocke

    And Sean Connery was awesome.

  • May 12, 2010, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Ha ha Harry, that's weird, that review is exactly...

    by Toruk_Makto

    How I felt about the X-men films, The Fantastic Four films, Elektra... DareDevil...Ghost Rider...Wolverine. "discarded dead skin that the legend sprung from" that says it all, good line BTW. <p> Anyway, I had no intention of seeing this anyway, something about it just<p> As for your love for the new NOES flick, I can't fathom it. Unlike characters like Jason, Freddy, to me shouldn’t be used as a blunt instrument. Any director/writer who plays up Krueger’s claws on a literal level as opposed to a symbolic one is destined to produce only sour notes.

  • May 12, 2010, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Costner's version...

    by Toruk_Makto

    I thought it was fun, but I think my favorite robin incarnation was that "Robin of Sherwood" TV show in the 80's.<p> "Robin....The hooded man". heh.

  • May 12, 2010, 11:57 p.m. CST

    stop the presses, knowles hates a movie.

    by mcdowell_32000

    could've told you this sucked from the trailers - strictly starz play.

  • May 13, 2010, 12:03 a.m. CST

    So Harry you didnt like this then?

    by otto maddox

    No Alien prequel tidbits for you

  • May 13, 2010, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Agressively Disinterested

    by Autodidact

    This looks like the stodgiest, most Gladiator-like version of Robin Hood possible. I'd have been interested if they played up the idea that Robin Hood was a highwayman and not a completely whitewashed good guy. I'll go see a Robin Hood movie when he's an antihero.

  • May 13, 2010, 12:14 a.m. CST

    We're Men! We're Men in Tights!

    by JoeSixPack

    Is the movie as bad as this review? Made some good points but rambled a bit there.

  • May 13, 2010, 1:21 a.m. CST

    I Liked It Quite A Bit

    by TheHouseOfLearnedDoctors

    Harry brings way too much baggage into these films with him. And when that happens he nitpicks about every little thing. It seems like Harry was pissed from the get-go that he wasn't seeing Robin Hood told the way he wanted it to be, instead of trying to enjoy the re-imagining Scott has made. No, I suppose they don't tell the traditional Robin Hood story, but then again that doesn't appear to be what Ridley Scott set out to make. Sure there are plot contrivances, but every movie has them. Things like Russel Crowe being too old for the part...I don't give a shit! I just want a story to hold my attention and entertain me, and this one did...very much so. To use one of Harry's gems: "I kinda loved it."

  • May 13, 2010, 1:43 a.m. CST

    This movie

    by NippleEffect

    has zero appeal for me

  • May 13, 2010, 2:16 a.m. CST

    For me it just does not evoke any excitement

    by Broseph

    you have all the right talent attatched with crowe.blanchett,and scott but it looks fucking dull and uninspired.shit even riddley scott isn't attending the premire

  • May 13, 2010, 2:19 a.m. CST


    by scotsman75


  • May 13, 2010, 2:28 a.m. CST

    "the dream of America was formed…"

    by yodalovesyou

    George Washington: How about, instead of us paying taxes to King George, we make our lower classes pay taxes to US instead. And if they don't buy into it, we'll just abuse words like 'freedom' and 'democracy' until they rally to our cause. And that's exactly how it happened ;)

  • May 13, 2010, 2:40 a.m. CST


    by JonChambers

    I loved your review, Harry! Great writing, and I know exactly what you mean. Myself - I even felt this about Scott's GLADIATOR. Scott was really bored with the sword battles that happened in the Colliseum; I mean, Russell approaches a man & in 4-frames! the guy is dead! I will take the sword battle from SPARTACUS between Kirk Douglas & Woody Strode over ANYTHING in GLADIATOR. Even Mel Gibson did far greater sword fights in BRAVEHART, in the middle battle sequence, better than GLADIATOR. I think you're right: Scott is obsessed with historical detail & reality. He should be barred from something like ROBIN HOOD. Flynn & Disney's still own the award for that one! And one last thing: "Meanwhile – King John is banging some French lady..." But Harry - was she hot??!

  • May 13, 2010, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Great review Harry.

    by hallmitchell

    I won't be going to this film.

  • May 13, 2010, 3 a.m. CST

    I'd pay money

    by malcolm_mccallum

    To see a fight between Robin Hood and Little John on a log bridge, fought with quarterstaves, without any cuts, close-ups, slo-mo, or bullet time.

  • May 13, 2010, 3:09 a.m. CST

    Russell Crowe 2002 movie

    by BoldandRude

    this should have been Russell Crowes 2002 movie before master and commander. this is like having a silent movie int he time of talkies i.e. 3d and cool.

  • May 13, 2010, 3:25 a.m. CST

    Prince Of Thieves is so much fun

    by Drsambeckett1984

    No one can deny that, it's a great action flick that the whole family can enjoy, the kind of film that just doesnt get made anymore. <P> Sure Costner isnt perfect but he is pretty damned good. <P> And there really is nothing to say about Rickman's Nottingham that hasnt already been said. It is a classic villain. <P> Suffice it to say, this new Robin Hood looks terrible, I must agree with Harry, tell the legend not the reality, considering the story is most likely just a myth. <P> Another example of modern Hollywood sucking all the fun from it's movies, "if its not gritty and realistic then it wont make money" attitude. Fuck off!

  • May 13, 2010, 4:03 a.m. CST

    If Ridley Scott ever cared what Harry thought...

    by quantize

    ..he would never have made films like Alien or Blade Runner...Yes Crowe is a first class WANKER, but i dont give a fuck what people WANT out of a 'Robin Hood' film..i just want to know if the end result is any good. None the wiser after this 'review'

  • May 13, 2010, 4:05 a.m. CST

    Totally agree Harry.

    by Ecto-1

    I watched this the other evening and was so bored. Once the battle on the beach was in full swing I walked out as I had really had enough. Everything about this film was wrong. Except for the opening scene with the Forest Children wearing those strange Pagan like masks raiding Marrion's food store. I thought that scene was quite magical and it reminded me a little of Scott's Legend. But that was only one scene. Everything else was juat painful to watch.

  • May 13, 2010, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Harry says this is bad so.......

    by masteryoda007 should be pretty good. Crowe is always good value for money.

  • May 13, 2010, 4:33 a.m. CST


    by my liege

    "This is another, in a long line of films that just come across as being stupid because the filmmakers that took the story on got so bogged down by THE REALITY – that they forgot to dream." is the reason Batman '89 is better than the Nolan batflicks.

  • May 13, 2010, 5:53 a.m. CST

    Not Marxist enough for Harry = Bad review

    by howzah


  • May 13, 2010, 5:54 a.m. CST

    Doh ? Batman 89 sucks

    by theplant

    Burton is a hack

  • May 13, 2010, 6:11 a.m. CST

    Robin of the Hood

    by Darth Scourge

    Saw it yesterday afternoon. Decent battle sequences, as we've come to expect from Scott. Kudos for getting the true origin of the Robin Hood figure too, that he was from Yorkshire. But yes, Crowe's regional English accent is all over the place... sometimes sounds like he's from Liverpool, other times sounds like Sheffield.

  • May 13, 2010, 6:25 a.m. CST


    by scotsman75


  • May 13, 2010, 6:32 a.m. CST

    From the man who LOVED Nightmare on Elm St!!!

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Seriously, Elm Street remake is a steaming turd of EPIC propotions, hated by 99% of the worlds movie goers, yet Harry wanted to stick his tongue in Freddy's crispy I really can't take anything he says anymore seriously. Yeah, this film has had a few issues, but there is some geninue talent at work on this pic, and there's a lot of love coming from the English press for it (Empire, Guardian, Mirror all giving 4 stars!).

  • May 13, 2010, 6:34 a.m. CST


    by JaimeFoxx

    Harry actually dislikes a movie? I didn't think it to be possible. But I have my doubts about this review, as it is well written. Therefore, I'm forced to believe that Harry didn't write it at all. You should have the "wife" write reviews more often, you hot piece of man-meat :-D

  • May 13, 2010, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Weird yanks. This is getting serious love from the UK press.

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Lots of glowing reviews over the duck pond, which makes me wonder if Harry's medication levels are off? Or maybe it's a marmite movie.

  • May 13, 2010, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Did he have a Buck-and-a-Quarter Staff?

    by HansDelbruck

    Yoinks and AWAAAAAAAY!

  • May 13, 2010, 6:57 a.m. CST


    by mrbong

    do you by any chance believe that rather funny film made by the American born, Australian wannabe was all 100% true? if yes, please get in touch with me urgently - i wish to sell you some magic beans and lucky heather at a not unreasonable price.

  • May 13, 2010, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Harry didn't like it because

    by mrbong

    Ridley Scott didn't arrange a "special DVD screening" of it for him in a hotel room, and Russel Crowe didn't give Harry a silver arrow like he did Jonathan Ross. that is all that is wrong with the film.

  • May 13, 2010, 7:01 a.m. CST

    What amazes me about 2010's robin hood....

    by Father that it cost FUCKING $237 MILLION to make- and that doesnt include advertising! I mean... wow. All that money to tell a pointless, bland version of a story we all know inside out. When this comes out, I think i'll stay home and watch robin hood: men in tights, instead of paying good money to see russle crow grumble his way through $237 million worth of banality.

  • May 13, 2010, 7:13 a.m. CST

    So just like Kingdom of Heaven...

    by MJohnson'll be a masterpiece when the undoubtedly better Director's Cut comes along?

  • May 13, 2010, 7:16 a.m. CST

    An English yeomen in 1000 AD...

    by zinc_chameleon

    ate better food that Britons do today; there wasn't any lack of food on the British Isles. And they slept with pigs, to keep warm. Ah, food and warmth. And picked nits (lice eggs) off each other, instead of TV and Internet. The good old days!

  • May 13, 2010, 7:20 a.m. CST

    ROBIN HOOD is a liberal's wet dream!

    by Curious Jorge

    The redistribution of wealth... steal from the rich, give to the poor. Class warfare at its finest. That's why Hollywood is fascinated with Robin Hood!

  • May 13, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST

    The need for REALISM is killing movies

    by KinjoAlcoholicNinja

    I think this began with Saving Private Ryan, when it brought the reality of war to the mainstream public. Since then, any action or war movie that isn't completely realistic is panned as stupid, which is why we're all now sitting around with our thumbs up our asses wondering what happened to the action genre and why there are no more fun schwarzenegger-esque action flicks coming out. I realized I was among this crowd the other day when I re-watched Terminator 2, one of my all time favorite movies, and found myself thinking "You mean to tell me that high tech liquid metal machine is actually MISSING when he shoots at John Conner from 10 feet away?" It made me sad. I'll take Arnie in commando gunning down legions of mindless henchmen while standing in an open field over this crap that tries to make everything historically accurate and completely realistic.

  • May 13, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Ridley's Over 70, Right?

    by Aquatarkusman

    Why is he wasting his autumn years on a pointless film like this?

  • May 13, 2010, 8:25 a.m. CST

    If Only Harry Had Received Some Freebies...

    by Graphix67

    ... He would have been beside himself and overflowing with praise for the flick.

  • May 13, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Realism isn't killing movies

    by BumLove

    Some directors just don't know how to use a realistic context to make certain aspects of life seem fantastical. Real life is dull most of the time...doesn't mean movies have to be. If anything, with CGI, movies seem to be getting less real.

  • May 13, 2010, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Take a movie like Rescue Dawn

    by BumLove

    It's based on a true story, a pretty amazing story at that. Yet, Herzog still felt the need to tack on the happy American ending where Dieter gives a speech to an American audience after being snuck out of the hospital by his buddies. That ending tainted the film for me. Now, when I watch the movie, I stop watching once the helicopter picks him up...that's where reality ends...and that's where the movie should have ended.

  • May 13, 2010, 8:41 a.m. CST


    by Philvis

    On one hand you have what appears to be an honest review, but on the other hand, this same person gave the Nightmare on Elm Street remake 10 stars out of 4. What to believe, what to believe...

  • May 13, 2010, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Prince of Thieves still reigns!

    by performingmonkey

    If you forget about the American accents it's a damn fine movie, full of the FUN that a Robin Hood flick needs to have (and also dark enough in places). I think it took till Curse of the Black Pearl for anyone to capture that kind of atmosphere again in a big movie. THAT'S how you do this kind of legend, it's not a fucking boring realistic historical. If Scott wants to tell an historical story why not actually DO a historical story. Like a Waterloo movie or something???

  • May 13, 2010, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Cue another hit: Thanks Harry!

    by CaseyMcCall

    Opening in Europe to big numbers. Almost always relieved to see a bad review from Harry. Sold out yesterday on opening night and twice tonight. Thanks for coming through, Mr. Knowles. ;)

  • May 13, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Harry's negative reviews are usually on the money

    by Rob0729

    Harry tends to like a lot of crappy movies. So when he hates a movie, it usually means it is really bad. I find myself frequently disagreeing with his positive reviews, but rarely disagreeing with his negative ones. <br><br> BTW, didn't Ridley Scott learn from bombs like "King Arthur" and disapointing box office of "Troy" (at least domestically) that movie goers don't want the "true story" of mythical classics. They want the legend because the legend is far more interesting and entertaining.

  • May 13, 2010, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Platinum Dunes must have $$$thanked$$$ Harry for his review

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Just saying what we're all thinking - I mean, Harry gotta eat. We all gotta eat, but Harry really, really gotta eat.

  • May 13, 2010, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Had to pay for the screening eh?

    by radruss001

    I assume so - negative reviews and no freebie anything usually go hand in hand.

  • May 13, 2010, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Is Robin the Hood a replicant?

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Were you not ENTERTAINED?

  • May 13, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Yep, 'Robin of Sherwood' is still the best version, by far.

  • May 13, 2010, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Oh, and by the way...

    by swordswingingmonkey

    LANDING CRAFT??!! What is this, "Saving Private Robin"?

  • May 13, 2010, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Not Surprised

    by AlfordHitchcoke

    As far as I'm concerned, Ridley Scott hasn't made a truly great movie since the 80s. Kingdom of Heaven was almost unwatchable.

  • May 13, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST


    by scotsman75


  • May 13, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    This is all that matters. <P> <P>

  • May 13, 2010, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Kingdom of Heaven

    by JackSlater4

    Should have starred Russell Crowe, Robin Hood should have starred Orlando Bloom.

  • May 13, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST

    I Could've Told You Guys This Sucks 3 Weeks Ago

    by EnderIsBackToSmiteOnceMoreIntoTheBreachDearFags

    I went to the screening in NYC. And oh my god, wow did this movie disappoint. It is so boring, unfocused, confusing (who's the bad guy? Him? Oh Him? Oh both of them? Wait what?) and just plain bad. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY! There is literally 1....1 Cool arrow shot form Robin Hood, and it's at the END of the movie. It's great that they wanted to make it gritty and realistic, but at the expense of fun? No thank you sir.

  • May 13, 2010, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Yeah Harry gives an OK

    by Series7

    For a walk on cameo from this fuck: <P> <P> But hates on the greatest trailer music of THIS WEEK!! WHAT THE FUCK!

  • May 13, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Harry, seriously...

    by blackwood

    I think has some of your best writing in ages. Well done.<p>I really wanted to see NOTTINGHAM. When Ridley decided he didn't want to go that route, I stopped caring. I love me some Russell and some Cate, but I just don't care. I'll catch it when it comes to cable.

  • May 13, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Has it come to pass that Sir Ridley has become

    by skimn

    the director of boring films, while his brother, even with his ADD, has become dependably entertaining. Say what you will about Pelham and DejaVu, at least they weren't boring.

  • May 13, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Even American Gangster which should have been

    by skimn

    the Heat/Scarface of the 00's...turned out stodgy.

  • May 13, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    So "Rocket robin hood" was better..?

    by Powerring

    Band of brothers marching togeather...heads held high in all kinds of weather...

  • May 13, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Every town has its ups and downs...

    by Fico

    Sometimes the ups...outnumber the downs. But not in Nottingham

  • May 13, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    I was in Nottingham a few years ago

    by Powerring

    And I went to Hooters instead of Sherwood forest.

  • May 13, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST

    What a stupid concept.

    by caprica

    No one WANTS to know the "true story behind the legend"--we want the fucking legend! Because there was no true story you idiots! When the legend is way better than the made up true story, why are we telling it? And oh, BTW, if you purport to be realistic about that time of history, why are you showing Marian as a warrior princess when NEVER IN THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF MEDIEVAL ENGLAND DID EVER, ONE SINGLE TIME, A WOMAN FIGHT IN THOSE BATTLES? Because we have to make up a role for Blanchett (who I love) and the regular role that women had back then wasn't enough for her. What a horrible concept of a film.

  • May 13, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Kane seemed fine....

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Then this movie exploded from his chest...unwanted, ill-beggotten, obscene.

  • May 13, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST

    "...there was no true story you idiots! "

    by Powerring

    THANK YOU!!!!!

  • May 13, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST

    I wonder if Russel Crowe will be in the Alien prequel

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    as one of the two gay main characters. Will he be the giver or the receiver?

  • May 13, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Robin Hood - Sedition Edition

    by Jaspo

    "When the government is unjust, it is the duty of its citizens to set it right, no matter how hard that road may be." You speak treason !!!! Fluently.

  • May 13, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Why do people hate Harry


    so much? Be nice.

  • May 13, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    "Stop robbin' me, you bleedin' hood!"

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName


  • May 13, 2010, 12:25 p.m. CST

    So… How does Russell and Cate hook up?

    by BadPho

    Yeah, Harry proofreads. I couldn't even finish this poorly written thing.

  • May 13, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Excellent review

    by JackSmack

    Harry: I usually hate your reviews. Particularly when you start remembering your childhood. (I don't want to be your therapist, dude.) But this review of Robin Hood was analytical, well stated, and still uniquely "Harry." EXCELLENT job.

  • May 13, 2010, 1 p.m. CST

    Come on harry

    by Sasson

    In just two seconds, I saw that Loxley is the traditional birthplace of Robin Hood.

  • May 13, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Harry made...

    by Cheeses_of_Nazareth

    some pretty &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;....<br>BOLD statements....

  • May 13, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    I said it once and I'll say it again...

    by bat725

    No special Austin screening + no exclusive interview = bad review from Harry Knowles. Watch him grip Get Him to the Greek and Exit Through the Giftshop. Oh, wait, he already gripped Giftshop, positive review for Greek still pending.

  • May 13, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST

    "Don't you worry Jon..."

    by bat725

    "I'll make sure I give a terrible review to Robin Hood when it comes out a week after Iron Man."

  • May 13, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Robin Hood

    by Genre_Baby

    As I'm not a Russell Crowe fan I wasn't going to see this anyway. But in removing the "legends" around Robin Hood and making this a prequel makes me really glad I'm not seeing it. I agree with Harry in regards to side-stepping history for Robin Hood. It worked for King Arthur (imo), but Hood is a different story and apparently so is this film. Oh well.

  • May 13, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST


    by Genre_Baby

    this really makes me want to see a proper Green Arrow movie. Not the super meh concept floating around, but proper to at least honor and perhaps inspire a more legendary retelling of Robin Hood.

  • May 13, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Good to see a negative review!

    by ufoclub1977

    I want more critique of big releases!

  • May 13, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST


    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    The Extended Cut will probably be Oscar worthy.

  • May 13, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST

    spelt does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    "Oh – by the way, I just looked up the spelling of Locksley. Locksley is how it is traditionally spelt."<p> Oh the irony...<p> Spelled. You lunkhead. Spelled.

  • May 13, 2010, 1:31 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Jon Favreau called me up, crying.<p> He said word of mouth is getting out that IRON MAN's a bit shit and now a Ridley Scott movie is opening against it - I said 'Dont worry Jon, i'll see what I can do for you...'

  • May 13, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Robin Hood not a Socialist...he is a Statist.

    by conspiracy

    I see no problem with the character of Robin Hoods' he wasn't really stealing from the "Rich", but rather the Government.</p><p>Ya see...the only "Rich" folks in the 12-13th century were titled land owners, the Olde Worlde version of Sentaors and Congressmen...and 90% of their wealth cam from taxing the peasants that lived within the borders of their realms.</p><p>My problem is that Robin Hood is not a Patriot, but rather a Statist a Baath Party Member that does not like the new Boss. Like so many others Robin Hood is blinded by by loyalty to a belief system, willing to support one despot over another..and unable or unwilling to question that the person in power is not the problem...but rather the power structure itself.

  • May 13, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST

    AWWW...Fuck all that Serious Talk...Who Played "Sir Hiss"?

    by conspiracy

    And how did they get the fox tail to stick to Kates ass; those tails probably stuck just fine to Crowes' shitter though...that fucker is wound so tight he shits diamonds.

  • May 13, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    "that fucker is wound so tight he shits diamonds"<p> Hahahahaha! Is that a Conspiracy original? You've gotta get a job as a screenwriter...

  • May 13, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST


    by Toruk_Makto

    <b>test1</b><p><b r="">test2</b>

  • May 13, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    "a disenfranchised populace to..."

    by DoctorWho?

    "...DEMAND MORE from their government."<p> Is not some fundamental American principle or whatever you called it Harry. But thanks... this reveals the flawed premise behind most of your goofy statements.<p> I'd pay to watch Kate Blanchett read out of the telephone book but I don't think I'll even be renting this one.

  • May 13, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST


    by Toruk_Makto

    How the hell we're you able to make <b>Bold</b> type?

  • May 13, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Who cares anymore now that the new

    by Series7

    Trailer for the much needed I Spit On Your Grave redo is out!!! HELL YEAH! DATE MOVIE!!!

  • May 13, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST

    "There are very few things that hurt as much as ...

    by Kremzeek

    seeing a story you love told devoid of every element that made you love it." I completely get you there. That's me and the live-action Transformers. I want to punch Bay in the face until he bleeds to death any time someone mentions those "movies".

  • May 13, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST

    "Pixels" Short

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    Adam Sandler to Turn "Pixels" Short into Feature Film

  • May 13, 2010, 2:52 p.m. CST

    I love to see Harry teaching history

    by AsimovLives

    It's worth for a laugh. Man, Harry couldn't be more clueless about medieval history if he tried. And the legends of Robin Hood weren't even consistent with each others IN THE 16TH CENTURY! This is why the tale of Robin Hood has always been fair play to a re-invention and re-teling, even those that includes old celtic pagan magic like in the TV show "Robin Of Sherwood". Frankly, i see no wrong with the approach that Ridley is trying with his new movie. My only complain is that this movie is not NOTTINGHAM. Now that was a one hell of a premise that would had made the most original teling of the Robin Hood myth. I hope in the future somebody fishes it out and makes a movie out of it.

  • May 13, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    I think Sir Terry Thomas played Sir Hiss.

    by cyberskunk

    Let me check... Yes, he did. He's also in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

  • May 13, 2010, 4 p.m. CST


    by NightArrows

    QUOTE: "I'll take Arnie in commando gunning down legions of mindless henchmen while standing in an open field over this crap that tries to make everything historically accurate and completely realistic." And right there, you're the reason we have so many shitty fucking movies.

  • May 13, 2010, 4:03 p.m. CST

    never seen a single one

    by br_m2008

    i havent seen seen a single one.. except for mel brooks' spoof. this looks just like gladiator.. except outside a stadium and with a bow and arrow.

  • May 13, 2010, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Harry wrestles with the colossal failure known as...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    his lapband surgery.

  • May 13, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Harry wrestles with the colossal failure...

    by DigitalDong

    of not getting a check from Universal Pictures in the mail.

  • May 13, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Harry, you're way wrong on this one

    by wildphantom07

    Honestly, if I read one more American review telling me how this movie should have been, instead of reviewing the film infront of them, well....<p> I saw it Wednesday. It's a good movie with absolutely spectacular production values maybe not seen since the Rings trilogy. Any film fan worth their salt should see it on the big screen as its a work of art.<p> As I've said, good movie that dares to do something different with the 'myth'. Proclaiming that it messes with history that is fickle at best anyway is a joke Harry. Pathetic. It's a fictional movie. <p> I await your inevitable glowing reaction to the likes of Prince of Persia and Marmaduke, happy in the knowledge that I know a worthy film when I see one. Well acted, great score, rousing action sequences, gorgeous photography. Well worth anyone's time if they're fed up of the dreck that normally fills multiplexes this time of year. <p> Long live Ridley Scott. A true artist.

  • May 13, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST

    I think this is one of Harry's best reviews

    by stones_throw

    And he's right, the only important things about the Robin Hood myth are the forest, the bow and arrow, and the fact that he's a rebel. Although I think the ballads do go back further than the 16th century. People need to accept Robin Hood wasn't a historical figure. It's like making a James Bond film set in a realistic post-WWII Secret Service milieu - it might be an interesting idle idea but it wouldn't be Bond. Ridley Scott's films always look great but always end up overlong and weak on story.

  • May 13, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST


    by Powerring

    Seems the folks in the UK take the movie more at face value, rather than try to force it to be something it's not supposed to be. Because the UK press/people have reacted well to the movie I will see it and ignore the negativity here. After all, wouldn't it be like folks in the UK or Europe trying to pick apart an American western if they were never part of that culture/history/etc?

  • May 13, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    60 year old Sly can do no wrong however......

    by theDannerDaliel

  • May 13, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Harry is usually pretty easy to please

    by FlyingToupee

    So this must suck even more than I thought it would.

  • May 13, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    So wait...

    by Nitestar

    Harry wasn't invited to visit this set right?

  • May 13, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST

    WildPhantom07 = Plant.

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    Too obvious.

  • May 13, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Legend of the 16th century?

    by SunTzu77

    Jeu de Robin et Marion (late 1200s)... William Langland's Piers Plowman (late 14th)...Wynkyn de Worde's collection of Hood ballads (1495). <br> I don't mind the mixing of history in this film... I don't mind everyone's age (nitpicky)... the same could be said about Gladiator and Braveheart. The problem with this film was that it was just boring as f*ck.

  • May 13, 2010, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Review is spot on

    by MyScreenplayWasRejected

    Except it could have been 50% shorter.

  • May 13, 2010, 6:46 p.m. CST

    This film is the set-up for...

    by Happy Killmore

    ..."Ridley Scott's Robin Hood vs. Aliens". I can't wait!

  • May 13, 2010, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Check out the budget! 236 million dollars!

    by terlius

    Where did all the friggin' money go? I mean 236 million dollars. There was like...what... two money shots in the movie? Analyze the budget here:

  • May 13, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    I mean...

    by terlius

  • May 13, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Sorry Harry.

    by Sgtcrispytoast

    Your opinion can never be trusted again after you spoke the words "mesa lvued him!" when talking about Jar Jar.

  • May 13, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Fuck! The link above don't work...

    by terlius here's a TinyUrl that works.

  • May 13, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    They made the movie realistic...

    by BizarroJerry

    but ignored actually history? Seems like you should do one or the other. I mean, I know Robin Hood's just a legend and all, but it sounds like the details surrounding Richard make no sense.<p>But worst of all, they unnecessarily make him NOT "Robin of Locksley". Why bother?

  • May 13, 2010, 7:09 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

  • May 13, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST

    I can't trust *ANY* review or opinion

    by Powerring

    That eminates from someone that hates Ridley Scott or Russell Crowe. Both guys are awesome. If anyone thought matrix 2/3 or LOTR was "exciting" and not a coma-inducing snorefest don't bitch about this movie.

  • May 13, 2010, 7:30 p.m. CST

    CAWWWWW DA LAWKSMITH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    If someone says this, I'll go see it.

  • May 13, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

  • May 13, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST

    So Jeffrey Dean Morgan just called...

    by JackSlater4

    he said to give us a Supernatural talkback for the finale

  • May 13, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    So Kurt Russell just called

    by ominus

    he said he is willing to play John Rambo in Rambo 5,if Sly does not want to.

  • May 13, 2010, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Bummer, I really wanted to see it. But..

    by Jaka

    ...the most recent TV spots have felt flat to me and I haven't read a completely positive review this entire week. Everybody dislikes some or all of it. Disappointing. Probably wait for home viewing.

  • May 13, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST

    So Russel Crowe just called

    by ominus

    he said he just stopped fighting all around the world,and he is coming in Austen to kick my ass for trashing his new movie.

  • May 13, 2010, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Don't know why Harry bothers reading

    by FrodoFraggins

    these Talkbacks. He's the most likable of all reviewers, yet is constantly being attacked about his weight or liking some bad films.<br><br> The guy loves movies, gets very excited about them, and yes he tends to be far more lenient to films made by directors that invite him to sets or bring movies to Austin.<br><br> He never trolls like some other reviewers, cough Herc, and after all these years he still seems as optimistic and giddy as ever.

  • May 13, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Bruce Boxletiner just called

    by RPLocke

    he was happy to find work.

  • May 13, 2010, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Realism and Myths

    by ArchStanton1862

    I'd just like to say that just because a couple of movies get it wrong does not mean that it is impossible to do a realistic take on a myth. Sadly, I can't think of any film examples but just thinking of realistic takes on King Arthur brings to mind Bernard Cornwell's Warlord Trilogy. That would make a perfect movie because it avoids all of the problems that this film seems to hit. Putting Robin Hood in a historical era does not mean making him play a role in all the important events that were occurring during it. I would love to see a film about the Baronial Revolt and the Magna Carta but I don't see why you would bring Robin Hood into it. Robin Hood should be relatively small in scale and tell a very personal story. It doesn't have to be an f**ing epic.

  • May 13, 2010, 11:21 p.m. CST


    by ArchStanton1862

    Oh, btw Harry. That whole life expectancy thing is often misused. The reason that medieval life expectancy was so low wasn't because everyone died in their 40s, it was because of their extremely high infant mortality rate. If you outlived your childhood you stood a reasonable chance of reaching your 50s or 60s. Some (Admittedly rich) people lived into their 90s or 100s. In fact rich people in general had a better life expectancy than did commoners, so if a lot of these old guys are nobility that is probably exactly what you'd expect. Especially if their sons were off doing knightly stuff like any hot blooded kid.

  • May 13, 2010, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Honestly though

    by smackfu

    If a Robin Hood movie doesn't begin with a rooster playing a lute, I'm simply not interested.

  • May 14, 2010, 1:39 a.m. CST

    An Incredibly Accurate Review.

    by anEden37

    I've been reading this website for 4 years and have never posted (thanks to social anxiety?? nahh... well, maybe). But I completely agree with this review. It was boring. As hell. I expected to see something along the lines of Gladiator going in. I mean, how couldn't I? I ended up with something that felt... Castrated. With a bow and arrow and a meaningless love story. Of course the acting was excellent, but the script was... awful. I don't know what else to say about it. I'm avoiding spoilers to the extreme, so I'm sorry if I seem vague. Here's my suggestion: If you haven't seen Kick-Ass, go see it this weekend if it's still playing near you. If you haven't seen Nightmare on Elm Street and you want a semi-lame jumpfest, go see that. You could probably even find Avatar at a dollar theater still if you live in even a semi-big city. Maybe. It's still playing near Minneapolis, if you live here... So here's MY verdict: go see anything else that is "better" (Nightmare on Elm Street notwithstanding,because it's the kind of movie you go into wanting some shit thrills) instead of this movie. Give Ridley Scott the message he needs: make a movie that is GOOD, and BE CONSISTENT. I understand that you like to experiment, but this feels like a one-legged remake of Gladiator with a bow and arrow and a weak love story. Come on. And yes, Harry, I agree that Russel Crowe was REALLY miscast. One of my first thoughts, upon his casting even, was "exactly how is this wrinkly dude supposed to be Robin Hood? Dude's supposed to be a youngish hooligan." Whatever, Robin Hood will forever be a fox in green to me. Oh, and wesley. Yummy.

  • May 14, 2010, 2:58 a.m. CST

    Should've stuck with "Nottingham"

    by My friends call me Killjoy

    Expectations run higher with "Robin Hood". <p> I enjoyed it. Not perfect by a long shot, but it offers something a bit different than all the others. I always hear people saying that they hate remakes for the sake of remaking something without bringing something new to the table. Well...this one does.

  • May 14, 2010, 3:11 a.m. CST

    They just wanted to do Gladiator with a bow and arrows

    by chien_sale

  • May 14, 2010, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Crowe and Blanchett were awesome in this...

    by Motoko Kusanagi I can't quite follow about the 47y-issue.<p>Overall the movie was okay, but aside from totally awesome camera work offered nothing we've seen somewhere else.

  • May 14, 2010, 4 a.m. CST


    by mrbong

    William Wallace was real but might as well have been fictional if you believe the tale as spun by Mr Mad Max. entertaining film, but historical bullshit. yes, Robin Hood is a mythical figure - i never claimed otherwise, i believe it is YOU who said Mr Wallace would "eat" this fictional character? who is the dick head now, Jock McWanker?

  • May 14, 2010, 4:16 a.m. CST

    I'm sorry Harry, but...

    by BoneMarrow

    You're a film critic, not a historian, so why try to give an inaccurate history lesson in this review? The flaws in your history are enough to make me heavily question your judgement on the rest of the film.

  • May 14, 2010, 4:59 a.m. CST


    by Darth Scourge

    One of the concepts underpinning the Robin Hood legend was the ongoing struggle of the Anglo-Saxon people against the imposition of Norman culture and the heavy taxation imposed by Franco-Norman royal houses, still a bone of contention even a century or more after the Battle of Hastings. There was also a strong element of paganism struggling against the christian church woven into the original tellings of the legend.

  • May 14, 2010, 5:29 a.m. CST

    More 4 star reviews

    by dude_gimme_tabs

    The Metro amongst them. It seems that UK and Europe like the film, the US doesn't.

  • May 14, 2010, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Didn't this movie go through numerous production changes?

    by Jotham

    I seem to remember that this was the film what was supposed to be titled Nottingham, and was to be the Robin Hood story from the Sheriff's perspective with Crowe as the sheriff. When that fell through, Crowe was then to play Robin AND the Sheriff in some weird twin brother twist. When backers hated that idea Scott and Crowe were forced to make Robin Hood with Crowe as Robin....I guess this POS is the result.

  • May 14, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST


    by Thall_Joben

    Harry. Speaking as a guy that was brought up in Nottingham (and therefore surrounded by all things Robin Hood) I feel it's my duty to inform you of what bollocks you speak. You have no idea of the diversity and breadth of the original Robin tales. The movies annoyingly repetitive stanza is only a tiny part of what's out there. And as for: "fuck history, tell the legend of Robin Hood." I've gotta tell you (apologies to the rest of your wonderful countrymen) though some Americans seem to continually place knights, witches and the likes of Robin Hood in some McCaffreyesque fantasy-land right along with bloody unicorns, for us over here this stuff is as historically rooted as cowboys are for you. Please consider this at least - my local pub was built in 1189 and sits at the foot of Nottingham Castle, so we're gonna have a slightly different perspective about RH - this stuff isn't Disney. Though it sounds like the film may suck, I have to say this kind of rhetoric is gradually eroding what little respect I have left for this site. What with this bullshit review and the likes of 'Stallone just called', hmmm.

  • May 14, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    The american west is also part of european history. You know why? Because the vast majority of the people who went west were immigrants from Ireland, Scotland, England, Germany, Sweden, Demnmark, Norway, Italy, Russia, Poland, even Greece, Spain and Turkey.

  • May 14, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I'd love to visit your place. The day i visit England, it will be my greatest desire to visit the fine historical city of Nottingham. something tells me i'll love it. And even visit your pub. Historical ancient english pubs ar eone of the things that makes me curious in visting England<br><br>And i loved the way you corrected Harry's (and many americans) common misconceptions about the middle ages. If anything, we need more medieval movies which show a realistic and historical accurate representation of how life was back then, and with the least amoung of topicality and parabole to modern times, as if history was just a repetition of today events, only with armours. Yes, there's paralelisms in history which seem to repeate today, but many times movies that pull this stuff just do it without tact.<br><br>And the thing a really realistic medieval movie would bring would be the oportunity to be a time window to a time when people were very different from us today. And also to corerect some bullshit misconceptions about the middle ages. For example, in the middle ages, the people then weren't as preocupated with the virgity and chastity of women as they were afterwards during the victorian ages, 800 years afterwards. In fact, during the middle ages, it was taken for granted that women had sexual apetites as much as the men, and nobody would think much of it.

  • May 14, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    "It seems that UK and Europe like the film, the US doesn't"<br><br>Shades of KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, and oher historical epics that tried to be something more then just shit blowing up.

  • May 14, 2010, 9 a.m. CST

    Only silly nerds care about "facts of history"

    by Reno

    Most people just want to see an entertaining movie. They don't give a shit how "correct" it is. This goes for historical movies, comic book hero movies, any kind of damn movie.

  • May 14, 2010, 9:03 a.m. CST


    by Thall_Joben

    "The american west is also part of european history" - totaly, couldn't agree more we're all cut from the same clot ;). Few folks over here could do with a history lesson too!

  • May 14, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Robin Hood Joins the Tea Party

    by corvette63

    My problem with the review is it fails to answer whether there will be a love song to topple that of Bryan/Sting/Stewart.

  • May 14, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST

    What a repetitive, redundant review.

    by Snake Foreskin

    It reiterated itself many, many times. And Harry repeated himself a lot, too.

  • May 14, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Ice Skating in Hell

    by BobParr

    and Harry writes a coherent, substantive review. Good job.

  • May 14, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST

    The same principle can be applied to Casino Royale and QOS

    by Sithdan

    The James Bond reboots eschewed all the romantic elements that made 007 such a memorable franchise for a more "realistic" and "gritty" look and feel.

  • May 14, 2010, 10:11 a.m. CST


    by dude_gimme_tabs

    It'll be interesting to look back and see how other big, historical epics fared on each side of the Atlantic. Ghandi? Lawrence of Arabia?

  • May 14, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST

    What the hell are you ranting about?

    by spede

    I went to see Robin Hood yesterday and I think it was great. So did all my mates. Same basic Robin Hood story has been told so many times, so why on earth would anyone want to see it for the millionth of time? Ridley Scott took a fresh new angle for the story and it really worked. I don't give a damn about "historical accuracy" or whatever bs argument Harry has because Robin Hood itself is a fictive story made believable. I highly recommend to forget about Harry's rantings and go see the movie if you enjoy a great story and charismatic actors.

  • May 14, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Universal put a new railer on facebook...

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    And asked what people thought of it. Every single comment was on how stupid and boring it looked. They've got to know they are speeding towards a brick wall.

  • May 14, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST

    The odd thing...

    by Wes_Reviews_ that Harry disses this movie for its "reality", but yet loved the Jackson's Lord of the Rings series, which also toned down the fantasy elements of the story in favor of a more historical, Braveheart-esque approach.

  • May 14, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Re: Trannyformers

    by SK229

    Awesome to hear that Pixels is being made into a feature. I read somewhere that it'd be similar in tone to Ghostbusters... sounds good to me. I love the success people are finding by making great shorts... except none of it is reported here. What the fuck happened to Cinematic Shrimp?

  • May 14, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Prince of Theives

    by Wee Willie

    I saw the Costner version in theaters 20 years ago. It was great. Poor accent aside, it was a lot of fun and made like, four hundred million worldwide. Why the hate?

  • May 14, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Hey Thall_Joben...

    by swordswingingmonkey

    Right on target, mate. You guys in the UK get to drink history straight from the source... most Americans only get it bottled, sweetened and carbonated by Hollywood, so they wouldn't know the difference.

  • May 14, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST

    But Harry, do you declare him an OUTLAAAAAAWWW!!!!?

    by GimpInMyPants

  • May 14, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST


    by Himbo

    Thank you for asking whether Harry found this inferior to Serbian movie. I wonder if Harry would have liked it better if there were sick perviness in whatever 'yellow love cave' that Quint mentions in his review. <p> As for Robin? I was interested when I read Kevin Durand was in it. But I lost all interest in further Ridley Scott work upon viewing Kingdom of Heaven. Looks like I'll see Robin Hood someday when Tivo grabs it off AMC or FX network.

  • May 14, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST


    by wildphantom07

    I'm a plant??? LMAO. So obvious because I liked the movie and thought I'd tell Harry how wrong he was? What was remotely 'plantish' about my post? Tosser

  • May 14, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST


    by Powerring

    Of course, not the point. Westerns are in our back yard. Suppose a Brit decided he is going to retell an American fable, but change everything about it that has been commonplace for over 100 years. It would not be met the same way here as it would overseas. But look on the bright side: Roger Ebert must be right about this movie because he praised and recommended "deep blue sea."

  • May 14, 2010, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Enjoyed it

    by barnaby jones

    enjoyed it alot.

  • May 14, 2010, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Great, hairy yarbles

    by Mr Lucas

    to Crowe and his Irish Geordie accent. I'll stick with my Robin Of Sherwood TV show (ITV not BBC BTW Merlin_Ambrosius - an HTV production in fact)at least the Michael Praed ones anyway. I'd even rather watch Rocket Robin Hood at least it has some cheesy nostalgia value.

  • May 14, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Have to agree

    by Orean

    SPOILERS BELOW... BEWARE Saw this movie last night and have to agree it was awful... For me the worst thing (aside from the convoluted political plots, the fucking feral children, Marion showing up in the end battle for NO FUCKING REASON, the waste of the Merry Men characters and the complete lack of depth given to any of them,...) was the romance. They made Marion such a bitch from beginning to end. There was NO REASON for Robin to fall in love with her. Don't get me wrong I love Cate and I love Marion and Robin and I was willing to get behind it all, despite Harry's observations, but it seemed like every step forward they made two steps back in the romance department. What was up with the COMPLETELY HOKEY dancing? Is this fucking Knight's Tale? Jesus... What they needed to do honestly was add dimension to Marion (like most of the rest of the characters, honestly). Her husband just died, maybe she should cry a little... open up eventually to Robin about more than just "he left me and I was a spinster, oh well". How about when she's being attacked by a french baddie in the barricaded room. I was fine with her killing him, but shouldn't she have stayed trapped and given Robin a minute of panic about where she was? Just to show at some point that he cared? As it is when the characters say they love each other it comes across as wooden and forced and totally unbelievable. I won't even comment about Marion in the final battle other than to say I think it was one of the worst moments in the film. There are glimmers of potential for them (her finding him sleeping before the fire, him seeing her undress through the fabric, her handing the sword over to him).. but the film-makers did nothing to capitalize on those moments and instead went off in totally different ways. Waste of talent, money, and everyone's time... including mine.

  • May 14, 2010, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Harry is talking out of his ass

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Saw it tonight, great entertainment, lovely cinematography, fucking GREAT score, good acting, well written and directed. And one of the coolest end credit sequences ever. <p> Back to Nightmare on Elm Street Harry. You have ZERO credibility.

  • May 14, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Mr Lucas

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Robin of Sherwood is the best ever treatment of the Robin Hood legend. Absolutely brilliant. And best TV score in history.

  • May 14, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST

    @ swordswingingmonkey

    by Thall_Joben

    Cheers brother, just hate to hear someone confuse the world view of Americans in general. Most of my buddies over there totally get it, but Harry's making a habbit of airing his ignorance. Fingers crossed this isn't another 'White Squall' eh?

  • May 14, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    @kwisatzhaderach & Mr Lucas

    by Thall_Joben

    Yeah Robin of Sherwood's a little dated now, but still had something special. Great charcters for starters. Shame they didn't get 'Artos' off the ground, the Athurian equivalent they had planned.

  • May 14, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST


    by redkamel

    I could have told this was going to be mediocre from the trailer. Can I have a column where I make predictions based on the trailers? Im pretty damn good.

  • May 14, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    You couldn't be more wrong.

  • May 15, 2010, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Great review Harry

    by MaxDembo1

    You are absolutely correct in everything that you write. Robin Hood is a dreary,dour,depressing and pointless slog of a movie.

  • May 15, 2010, 3:17 a.m. CST


    by GopherTrace

    is Little John seeing the fat girl across the party and saying "SHE'S MY SIZE!" "I'M GONNA MAKE YOU SMILE!". Shoulda been more merry men. Surprisingly liked the King John performance.

  • May 15, 2010, 3:17 a.m. CST


    by GopherTrace

    is Little John seeing the fat girl across the party and saying "SHE'S MY SIZE!" "I'M GONNA MAKE YOU SMILE!". Shoulda been more merry men. Surprisingly liked the King John performance.

  • May 15, 2010, 4:08 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    You couldn't be more wrong.

  • May 15, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST


    by 1st and only

    why is the director blamed for robin hood's failure, but the production company praised for the success of nightmare? And why are you always saying 'Platinum dunes'?

  • May 15, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST

    crowe is furious...

    by emeraldboy

    with people saying that his robin hood accent is irish. to ther point where stormed out of an interview with mark lawson and called the critcism a load of bollocks.

  • May 15, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Iron Man 2 - seventh biggest opening week in history =

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    "Dropping like a rock" and "kinda struggling." LMFAO!

  • May 15, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    This movie: Robin Hood fights for the rights of rich Barons

    by CatoTheCensor

    Seriously. What a rousing fucking story. See Robin hood JOIN FORCES WITH KING JOHN TO FIGHT THE FRENCH!! SEE ROBIN PRESSURE JOHN INTO AGREEING NOT TO TAX THE NOBILITY SO HEAVILY. This is a fucking right wingers dream come true. Stop taxing the rich!! It ate all kinds of hot ass. Hey, I've got an idea, how about a movie set in the Middle Ages that isn't an action/war epic. Why does every medieval movie have to be an action/war movie? We have plenty of period dramas--Victorian, early 20th century American, Renaissance--that cost just as much in production but that don't feel the need to end with giant armies colliding.

  • May 15, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Talk about nit picking

    by sicga

    I'm sure this review has some relevant things to say but nit picking over stuff like spelling Loxley rather than 'the traditional spelling' is ridiculous. Is Harry attempting to be intellectual? No spelling back in the 13th century was set in stone ,certainly not names, Shakespeare signed his own name three different ways and this was 300 years later. Also this is middle English we're talking about - you know the language of Chaucer wrote the Canterbury Tales in - so virtually all the spelling as well as the language would not be very familiar to any modern English speaker. From your review even Ridley Scott has got his history wrong (purposely to tell his story , no doubt) and Mr Knowles compounds the error by getting his historical claims wrong about a film that retells that piece of history wrong anyway. A twofer. Comments on historical accuracy in movies is an oxymoron. Stick to the business at hand, are the action scenes good, is the acting passable, is it a rollicking good tale? Obfuscating the issues with nitpicking borders on self-indulgence.

  • May 15, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST


    by jdb1972

    This is actually the first coherent review Harry's ever written.

  • May 15, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    It's ALL "that"...

    by thegreatwhatzit

    Forget the grammar, syntax and confused commas. Count the surplus of "that": "What I love about the ROBIN HOOD mythology is the concept that Robin loved his king, so much – that when a plot to dispose of King Richard was hatched by his lesser brother, John… that it was a knight from the wrong side of the tracks – that helped to organize a revolt. That sought to protect those that could not protect themselves. He used terror to strike fear into the corrupt puppet government that was bleeding the people dry." Harry, I sincerely doubt that Mr. Scott bothered to read your review; if someone insisted that Scott peruse it (likely at gunpoint), you afforded him some laughs (the amateur aptitude is embarrassing). Do you write your reviews in fingerpaint?

  • May 15, 2010, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Not Sure What Movie Harry Saw

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    but Robin Hood was fantastic...maybe since I didn't go into it with expectations of what I "wanted" to see I was able to just give myself over to the baggage is always the right why to see a film...but Harry packed enough baggage for a month long vacation into his experience. Visuals were great, acting was great, story was complex but easy to follow, action scenes didn't suffer from PG13 rating, it was certainly NOT boring...but then again I don't care how they spell Loxley or if the actors are too old....9 out of 10

  • May 15, 2010, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Robin Hood: "C" at best

    by Powerring

    The movie was pissweak. No emotional build or captivating action or characters. Blachette was too old, and unattractive to play Marion. There had to be a 20 or 30-something that didn't look like a skeleton with a chain smokers voice that could play her. This movie is a flop...a dud...a lame time filler.

  • May 15, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Kingdom of Heaven: Director's Cut = BORING

    by The E

    <p class=MsoNormal>Through reading these Robin Hood talkback posts I keep seeing mention of how great Kingdom of Heaven: Director’s Cut was.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>So I set aside 3hrs today to watch it.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>I previously saw the cinematic version and was disappointed by how slow and confusing it was.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>I was hoping the Director’s <span class=GramE>Cut</span> fixed all of that, but I was wrong.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>I will say the Director’s cut was a lot less confusing and a better film.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>However, it’s still slow as hell, boring and somewhat confusing at times.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>Completely overrated on these talkbacks.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>I can’t believe some are comparing it to Gladiator, and even saying it was better.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>Gladiator was a much better movie, in the sense it was actually fun and watchable.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>In fact, they shouldn’t even be compared as they are very different movies.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>Gladiator was essentially an action movie dressed up as a dramatic/ ancient era piece.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>However, KOH is really a deep, thought provoking, ancient era cinematic film.</p> <p class=MsoNormal>Sorry if I turned this into a KOH talkback, but was tired of hearing KOH praise w/o other points-of-view.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>Here’s my high level synopsis:</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal'>GOOD:<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal'>+ Acting is great across the board, world class thespians</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal'>+ Great special effects</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal'>+ Battle scenes</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal'>+ Cinematography</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal'>BAD:<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal'>- Very boring, slow, like watching a history documentary on A&amp;E</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal'>- Villain has little depth, purpose, <span class=GramE>seemed</span> to just be evil to be evil</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal'>- Seemed directionless, jumped all over the place</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal'>- Too pretentious</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal'>- Bloom didn't seem to fit the role, lacked gravitas</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal'>- Overall confusing story, hard to understand dialogue at times</p>

  • May 15, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST


    by Anthrax

    The only thing I can take away from this review and the subsequent talkback is that nobody seems to know what the fuck they want anymore. The only thing everyone here seems to want is the same thing they've always wanted: To bitch and moan.

  • May 15, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST


    by J-Dizzle

    Harry is an idiot.

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  • May 15, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST

    One More Thing

    by Anthrax

    It's incredibly disheartening to see so many people saying that transcendent works should be untouchable, and echoing the ever so tired and insipid, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." sentiment. I just can't follow that logic whatsoever. Following that line of thinking means that Aliens should never have been produced, Tolkien should have stopped exploring Middle Earth after the Hobbit, Daredevil books written after Frank Miller's run should be immediately discarded, Batman Year One too, and every single musical artist should have immediately quit, cause well, The Beatles have written some of the most beautiful, timeless songs in history, and y'know... if it ain't broke, don't fix it. <b> I guess I just don't understand why people can't be honest with themselves. "I don't like change. I don't like new. I don't want my horizon's broadened, because that concept scares the shit out of me."

  • May 15, 2010, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Shakespeare wrote a "King John" play

    by ReportAbuse

    One of his early history plays, once popular but now very rarely staged. It's kind of static and lacks the color of his more famous histories like Richard III or Henry V. Doesn't have anything to do with Robin Hood, iirc.

  • May 15, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST

    New Images of Jason Momoa as Conan here

    by james4543

  • May 16, 2010, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Pretty good movie

    by Adelai Niska

    Marion showing up three minutes after their "goodbye" scene was random, but it's still a good show. Great actors all around. The movie's just a little slow. Could have lost some of the the stuff about John and shortened it by about 20 minutes and it would have rocked. But everything with the merry men is fantastic.

  • May 16, 2010, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Definitely NOT a 'COLOSSAL FAILURE'

    by thebearovingian

    It certainly wasn't a colossal success, either. However, I was entertained through a major portion of the movie. It had a decent sense of humor (and caused a few unintentional laughs). I was not a fan of the ridiculous movie cliches or the seemingly rushed love story.<p>And yeah, Crowe's accent did seem borderline Irish at times (William Hurt's accent was arguably the worst in the film).

  • May 16, 2010, 5:28 a.m. CST

    Robin Hood was good

    by DigitalDong

    I'd rather see something more accurate then just the legend, because as good as the legend is, deep inside we all know there's a lot of bull shit to it. Take the Wyatt Earp. Yeah a cool shootout in the O.K. Coral is pretty entertaining ( Tombstone ) but in reality they fucking sneaked up on those guys in an alley and killed them in cold blood. I'm glad I finally see a Robin Hood tale that didn't include the fictional split the arrow in twain. Myth Busted!!

  • May 16, 2010, 6:36 a.m. CST


    by PantslessBob

    Not to defend a movie that honestly looks like utter shit, but I feel I do have to correct you, Harry. The version of the 12th century where men commonly lived into their sixties is the real version. You tossed around a misleading statistic several times, that being that people rarely lived past their 40s in the middle ages. People generally lived just as long as they do now; the statistic comes from the fact that a very large number of the population died during the first six years of their life, drawing the mean average downward. Sorry. The movie still looks like utter shit, but they're not technically inaccurate in that aspect.

  • May 16, 2010, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Harry couldn't be more wrong about this movie

    by AsimovLives

    He neither gets what's right nor what's wrong with the movie. This is what happens when you slavish yourself exclusively to hyperbole. And his views of historical autheticity regarding the movie and it's period are mind boggling in it's errors and incorrections. Taking history lessons from old Hollywood movies, really!

  • May 16, 2010, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Good movie.

    by The Dark Shite

    Not the best, but certainly not bad. Not at all. It was better than Iron Man 2 & MUCH better than Crispy Fried Cat Face Paedophile On Elm Street.

  • May 16, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    At the end of the day...nothing...

    by Powerring

    Nothing about this movie resonates emotionally. Nothing about it makes me want to see it again. It doesn't even count as lightweight vs Gladiator, braveheart and a dozen other great movies that I have on blu ray. It to a good epic what First Knight is to John Boorman's Excalibur...a completely forgettable mishmash that amounts to nothing. I can go back an watch an episode of Xena for more excitement than this.

  • May 16, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Harry wrestles with the colossal failure...

    by Yoda's Ball Sack

    of not getting a kick back.

  • May 16, 2010, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Actually, it WAS common be 60 in the 12th century

    by jsarnold513

    The "average life expectancy" stuff gets misinterpreted and skewed by infant and child morality rates. If someone made it past the age of 10 or so, they stood almost as good a chance of living into their 60s or 70s as a modern person. Just look at all the people now who don't take care of themselves and make it to 70 or so. Keep in mind that there were no cars, no tobacco, no exotic diseases like AIDs, etc. back then either. History lesson OVER.

  • May 16, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Wow... repeated 4 other people just now...

    by jsarnold513

    My bad. Gotta read the talkbacks before commenting. I really have no interest in this movie, though.

  • May 16, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST

    12th century diseases

    by Powerring

    Stuff like polio, whooping cough, plague, syphalis and so on killed plenty, and plenty young.

  • May 16, 2010, 12:10 p.m. CST


    by ManEatingFish

    Well as an englishman who works in Nottingham, everything is named Loxley not Locksly (including Loxley House, the former Capital One UK headquarters). This is because Nottingham was a Norman enclave and all the names around this area are Norman origin, such as Ashby de la Zouch, which features in Ivanhoe

  • May 16, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Fail. Rollicking good entertainment.

    by Fortunesfool

    One of the best times i've had in the cinema this year. Exciting, funny, spectacular and engaging. Like all good movies should be. What's more, it's made by someone who understands cinema, and not some little TV director kid who got a lucky break. Harry (Faraci etc) completely dropped the ball on this one. Go see it, it great.

  • May 16, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    The E, Kingdom of Heaven doesn't spoon feed

    by MattmanReturns

    its message and tell you what to think. There is no clear good and evil. It doesn't feature a larger than life hero, but a man on looking for personal redemption. It's far more real and contemplative than that. And in my opinion that's why it's a better movie than Gladiator. Also, for someone who is fascinated with the Crusades, it's amazing how much history they got right. Sure, they took some liberties, but not nearly as many as Gladiator. As for the "boring" comment... I don't know what to tell you. I know a few people with short attention spans who were enthralled by it. To each his own.

  • May 16, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Jeez Harry, worst - punctuation. Ever...

    by JT Kirk

    At least you were honest about your feelings of the film.

  • May 16, 2010, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Epic fails: robin hood and kingdom of h...zzzzz

    by Powerring

    Both are forgettable, weak and no competition for good movies. Both can induce comas and have virtually no redeeming value.

  • May 16, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST

    The best interpretations of Robin Hood, BY FAR, were...

    by Triple_J_72

    1. Daffy Duck. <p> 2. The Muppet Show. <p> Fact. :-)

  • May 16, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST

    PowerRing, Michael Bay makes movies just for you

    by MattmanReturns

  • May 16, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Go see this movie for yourself

    by The_Myhand

    I saw it...and I freaken loved it. I literally have NO idea why its so low on RT or why Harry trashed it, because its an excellent film. I'm considering writing a review myself, just to get the word out that its not a bad film. Just read Peter Travers words on the film, if you must. Otherwise, go see it...because unless you don't have a soul, you'll enjoy this movie.

  • May 16, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Awful trailer. And haircuts!

    by smudgewhat

    No sizzle whatsoever. Dead in 2d. And I love Blanchette but no Smudge this time.

  • May 16, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    I enjoyed this movie.

    by RowanM

    I don't know what Harry and Company have been eating but I found this film to be thoroughly engaging. I think they were expecting instant gratification but I wasn't bored. Go see this movie.

  • May 16, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Costner version

    by Caerdwyn

    Say what you will, but this is why I like the Costner version. It didn't take itself too seriously, but didn't get too corny either. It didn't mess with the Robin Hood formula - that being Robin's there to fight injustice and get his revenge, and Marion, the Merry Men, and Friar Tuck and company are all along for the ride. The only thing it was missing was King John, but really, he wasn't necessary - you absolutely cannot beat Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham. Throwing in Morgan Freeman as Azeem is just gravy.

  • May 16, 2010, 8:02 p.m. CST

    "Go see it" people... WTF?

    by Orean

    Seriously... this movie was "good fun"? Who are you kidding... FERAL CHILDREN show up in the final battle!! Hey why don't the archers just KEEP THEM PENNED DOWN since they landed in a completely indefensible position!! Where was the romantic spark between the leads? What the HELL was Marion doing in the final battle? How do any of the political machinations with John make any sense, and WTF does Robin have to do with any of it? The dancing scene was so hokey it was laughable... literally people in the theater when I watched it were laughing because it was so bad. I love Cate but she did sounds like a chain-smoker the whole time and had just ZERO chemistry with Crowe. A "Philosopher stonemason"... seriously. Exactly how does that make ANY SENSE? Exactly what political theory is Robin backing? Is it "power to the people" because the Magna Carta that everyone wanted John to sign is really only "power to the barons" which is not the same thing. Is he anti taxes but pro king? And for the record, for anyone to call the movie historically accurate is laughable. Richard the Lionheart barely spoke any English and he died from the wound getting infected and it took time, not instantly (and his mother was there... thus not needing the crown to be brought to her by anyone). Furthermore, what was with John and Isabella's jewels? Most of the crown jewels were hocked by Eleanor years before to get Richard out of prison.... But all that would be forgivable if the movie was any good, which it is not... not horrible... but not good... C-

  • May 16, 2010, 8:43 p.m. CST

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  • May 16, 2010, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Robin Hood was mediocre

    by MattmanReturns

    Great production values. Great first half hour. And then it dissolves into a flat, forced romance and political boredom. I love the time period, but this just felt tired. The soggy midsection would be easier to take if it culminated in something worthwhile, but... the final battle was a truncated mess. The worst sin is that none of the characters are interesting. The only one that comes close is King John, but he's constantly tugged this way and that by the script. This was no Kingdom of Heaven, and I don't think even a director's cut could fix it. Sad. I wanted to like this. But, I still agree with Asimov that Harry and company dislike it for all the wrong reasons. And it's not a "colossal failure". There are far worse ways to spend a couple of hours. But it should have been so much more.

  • May 16, 2010, 10:09 p.m. CST

    PowerRing, what do gerbils have to do with gay porn?

    by MattmanReturns

    Confused. Maybe even a bit curious.

  • C'mon, people. It wasn't bad. I really couldn't care less that it wasn't "Robin Hood" enough to legitimize the name. Want good 'ole traditional Robin Hood? Go watch the dozen or so iterations that already exist. Spare me your irrelevant ranting that has almost nothing to do with the actual substance of the movie. Am I the only one excited about the potential R-rated director's cut Blu-ray/DVD?

  • May 17, 2010, 12:55 a.m. CST

    It was great! You're dead wrong Harry!

    by Nerdboy1423

    Seriously, most of the times I can at least meet you half way on your criticisms on a film, but Robin Hood was a kick ass good time. It was not a perfect film, but it's definitely my favorite contemporary Robin Hood story. Great strong performances, cinematography and unusually strong direction from the hit or miss Scott(truth be old his hits and his misses are still head an shoulders above most other successes with a few key exceptions). Anyways guys, it's great. I hated the theatrical cut of Kingdom of Heaven, it's nothing like that. I'm sure they'll be a directors cut of this film, but the theatrical version was soldily entertaining and never boring. Also definitely my favorite portrayal of his Merry Men. Love Kevin Durand.

  • May 17, 2010, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Finally watched it all the way thru. Love it!!

    by antonphd

    I saw the beginning and end but missed the middle until tonight. I guess that for some people this telling of Robin Hood just doesn't resonate, but I loved it. Except for the battle at the end. Kinda boring. But everything else was fantastic. This is how you tell a Robin Hood story for your generation. That's the great thing about Robin Hood. It is a folk tale told by different people over the ages for different reasons. This was the first Robin Hood that I felt like I could relate to as an adult. This was my Robin Hood. I hope there is going to be a sequel(s).

  • May 17, 2010, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Saw HOOD and IM2 was the more rewarding...

    by BurnHollywood

    ...Of the two. I found it to be an amusing mesh of history and legend, and really liked the tag-off with the ending leading into the traditional story after King John pulls his double-cross.<p> Wasn't overwhelmed by the big battle scene at the end, but I'm getting older and it's starting to turn into "seen one, seen 'em all". The real entertainment was the introduction of the characters and scenario, and I thought it succeeded.<p> Oh, and "FUCK HISTORY" Harry? What a fucking lame thing to say.

  • May 17, 2010, 6:31 a.m. CST

    PowerRing is a moron

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Kingdom of Heaven has no redeeming features? Idiot.

  • May 17, 2010, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Robin Hood is terrific

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Audiences are so used to watching CG-infected ADD spastic-edited garbage that as soon as a real film shows up they think it is "slow".

  • May 17, 2010, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Harry is right. This movie sucks.

    by parissun

    Errol Flynn's Robin Hood still rules. I do think a better story would have been the rise of King John. The story jumped around and made no sense. Robin just happens upon the man who knew his father who of course had to be someone important. The beach fight was ridiculous. Having maid Marion show up in a full suit of armor leading a charge was beyond ridiculous and pandering to little girls everywhere. Russell is definitely too old to be playing Robin Hood. Having English archers fire a volley then jump on horse and charge against cavalry is historically ridiculous. That would be totally wasting their advantage. This is just a stupid movie.

  • May 17, 2010, 7:36 a.m. CST

    kwisatzhaderach is a retarded asshole

    by Powerring

    He's too busy sucking his fathers cock to develop a cogent thought that not everyone worships that POS slow and boring disaster kingdom of zzzz.. even the title stirs up deep seated boredom. Shit movie, much like your life.

  • May 17, 2010, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Little message for Scotsnonce75...

    by The Dark Shite

    Hello you cocknosed little fuckwit. <p> If you're only ever gonna show up when you have a chance to vent the chip on your shoulder, you should get your facts right. I quote: <p> 'ROBIN HOOD IS AN ENGLISH STORY,AS BRITAIN WAS FORMED UNTIL THE 17 HUNDREDS.ROBIN HOOD IS SET IN THE 12TH CENTURY.AS USUAL IGNORANT YANKS THINK BRITAIN AND ENGLAND MEAN THE SAME THING.'<p> You mean the United Kingdom, (which was formed by a Scot by the way). Britain is simply a land mass. It's got nothing to with having a union or a king or queen/political power.Britain has been around a long, long time. Even the Romans called it Britannia. <p> Robin Hood IS an English story, but England is in Britain, therefore by definition, it's distinctly British too. As is that of your thieving, murdering, hairy arsed little Wallace guy.<p> You should stick to deep frying pies, mate.

  • May 17, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Robin Hood as myth..

    by The Dark Shite

    I think what Scott's done is actually very clever. <p> Nobody really knows for sure if RH existed or not. He probably didn't but it doesn't matter. There's a reason the legend is always linked to the time of King John. Whether he existed or not, the story stands as a symbol of the people challenging the system. Scott's admittedly taken a few liberties directly involving a possibly mythical character with the Magna Carta, but the story has always been symbolic of the socio-political upheaval of that time anyway.

  • May 17, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Worst thing about "Robin Hood"...

    by SamLoomis1978

    The horrible chemistry between Crowe and Blanchett and some stupid attempts at humor. I thought the film was a well told with (mostly) solid performances and I was never bored.

  • May 17, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST

    wrestling with the colossal failure that is harry

    by macatae

    A truly pish review. Maybe you should retire and hand over to an adult who understands literate films. Iron Man, Transformers, Avatar, films for the easily impressed dear boy. Ridley still rules.

  • May 17, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    No Screening at Alamo=Bad Review

    by neodelrio

  • May 17, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Behold, Optic Blast..

    by Axl Z

    Needs more GB3 news to work properly..

  • May 17, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST

    I didn't read the review yet...

    by Boober

    But this looks like Gladiator in Tights and Holy Sh!t is that a bad omen...A scream and a THWIPPP!!! do not an epic film make...

  • May 17, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST

    I stopped reading at "A Knight's Tale"...

    by Boober

    When H_A_R_R_Y the quintessential enthusiast has a problem with a director/film taking certain liberties with source material, the project is officially f*cked.

  • May 18, 2010, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Robin Hood 1991

    by Joachim327

    Did anyone else like the other Robin Hood that came out in '91, with Patrick Bergen and Uma Thurman? I think they pulled off the mix of history and legend much better in that film than any other.

  • May 18, 2010, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Don't be a sheep Boober.

    by The Dark Shite

    If Harry said chicken was shit, but old men's balls taste nice, would you go out nad sucking? No? <p> I read Harry's review before I saw the movie. I decided to make my own judgement on it & I liked it. I agree about the feral children etc, but otherwise it's a good movie. It looks great too! I can't understand how Harry could praise IM 2 like he did, yet say this is a failure. They're leagues apart. RH is the way movies used to be made. It's not perfect, but it shits all over most of the movies so far this year.

  • May 18, 2010, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Complaints about historical accuracy

    by UberCynic

    1. It's a movie. There ain't any. 2. The comment in the article about Crowe being seven years over the average life expectancy is not really on the ball. This idea that everyone doied around 30 or 40 or whatever is completely wrong, and is only believed by uneducated Interweenies. The thing is, the infant mortality rate back then was ridiculously high, and that is what drags down the average for life expectancy. But for those who survived infancy, well, they tended to live about as long as we do. It would not be at all unusual in those days to see someone of that age wandering about.

  • May 18, 2010, noon CST

    Its a film where the title charachter is a macguffin,fun though

    by christiansuburbanite

    So this review is based on Harry opinions of other movies,his opinion on a MYTH and apparently as usual what mood he was in when writing it,i miss real Journalism.

  • May 18, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Robin Hood was a commie stuck int he feudal system.

    by Switzerland


  • May 19, 2010, 4:55 a.m. CST

    "There are very few things that hurt...

    by Master Bruce

    as much as seeing a story you love told devoid of every element that made you love it." I know what you mean Harry, I felt the same way about THE DARK KNIGHT.

  • May 19, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    What happened to real reviews?

    by listentotheyeti

    It seems that Harry is no longer able to write a real review. Every one of his reviews is more about how HE thinks he would have made a film, than it is about the actual film being reviewed. Nobody cares what YOUR "Robin Hood" film would have been like. That's a mark of poor criticism and bad writing. I found "Robin Hood" to be a very entertaining medieval action movie. Give it a chance.

  • May 19, 2010, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Harry pretends to know history

    by zazou

    Harry is attempting to dazzle you with his profound knowledge of History.It is pretty nervy and boorish to say that this RH is acolossal failure isn't.In Hollywood there is always someone re-writing ,re-directing or re-acting someone else's know to do it better.You know it isn't that they love movies so much as talking about them and tearing them down.Crowe is the best Robin Hood i've seen this guy is a yeoman,a regular guy with a good character. Since RH is a folklore character and not someone from central casting,how can Harry or anyone else for that matter complain about his age.I'm really tired of nit-picking snarky reviews.This film is not Knight's Tale redux or Gladiator, it is a worthy film and I enjoyed it.It seems that a world audience likes it as well.By the way Harry IM2 did not hit the sweet spot again and again,that was false advertising.

  • May 20, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    American education system is fail

    by happyboy

    Robin was a SAXON. The nobles were NORMAN. The HISTORICAL aspect of the stories are essentially about race struggle of indigenous people versus outside invaders (Scandinavian by way of France). Robin didn't steal from the rich and give to the poor per some ideal but because the rich were Norman oppressors and poor were native population. If the American educational system wasn't so FAIL and if 99.9999% of ppl reading this even knew what the fuck a Saxon or Norman is (despite their direct antecedents to our own US history...) Internet posters wouldn't post random articles making up their own crap about history and historical accuracy

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    Outgrown this fat goon

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  • May 21, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Get the facts right Harry.

    by skywise404

    I know this thread is pretty much dead but i wanted to point out that perhaps the film makers gave the name Loxley because many early accounts have "Robyn Hode" being born in Loxley, Sheffield in South Yorkshire.

  • May 21, 2010, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Right On Harry

    by Wes From NY

    Well said my man. I saw this coming, trailers alone. I have been very disillusioned with Ridley since "Gladiator". I know people loved it, and i enjoyed parts of it, i did. But, something changed in his film making. He knows he is "Ridley Scott" now. Sir Ridley. and he directs like that, like he is Kubrick or something. He is not Kubrick. I don't know. But great review and thanks for keeping it real on this one.

  • May 21, 2010, 12:46 p.m. CST

    the "real" Robin Hood.


    Right, we are dealing with a legendary character that was the subject of rhymes and ballads, that continually changed considerably in the telling with all manner of different details, characters, situations etc. added in over centuries. There was no single man called Robin Hood, this term was used generically to describe many, many outlaws (most of whom robbed from the rich AND the poor and kept it!) But certain motifs in the ballads and legends DO go back to earlier accounts about an actual historic figure, who was NOT a yeoman at all but in fact of noble birth: Fulk FitzWarin. He lived in his castle in Whittington and was married to the daughter of the Lord High Sheriff of Lancashire, Maud de Vavasour. FitzWarin ran afoul of John Lackland who during his regency declared him outlaw. This Gentleman Outlaw took his wife and men to the forest and proceeded to to prey on John's men in support of Richard Lionheart. After John became king he continued to do so, and after with the other Barons he forced the signing of the Magna Carta got his lands back. His exploits became a series of ballads and rhymes telling of the tricks he pulled on King John. In later years many of these were directly transcribed into the Robin Hood legends with Robin playing the exact same tricks on the Sheriff of Nottingham. Thus the notion that Robin was an outlawed nobleman rather than a yeoman was incorporated into the tales by the 16th Century. I am therefore frankly annoyed by Ridley Scott and especially the thuggish Russell Crowe going on about Robin as some sort of "working-class hero", because first of all if you had a sword and a horse and fought in the bloody Crusades you were NOT a peasant, and second of all because it is not based on any attempt at "historical accuracy" but actually out of some political nonsense about "nobility=bad, commoner=good" prejudice. Of course I am biased in this as I am a direct descendant of Fulk FitzWarin.

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  • May 24, 2010, 7 p.m. CST

    Just saw this movie

    by Cruzboy

    I didn't plan to see this flick orginally as it just looked like Gladiator set it England, I'm glad I went though. Thoroughly enjoyable movie! Great characters, fantastic detail and fight/battle scenes. I loved how it all centred around bows and arrows. It was more the tension of the story that got me. I never looked at my watch once and was completely gripped the whole time. Really looking forward to see where the sequel heads. I'd recommend anyone to go see it. Just remember, whatever Harry says, the truth is actually the reverse of that! :0)

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  • May 25, 2010, 2:16 a.m. CST

    medieval Higgins Boats?

    by Wirraway

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  • May 26, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST

    I really liked it!

    by Evil Sean

    Almost didn't go because of Harry's review (mistake #1) but saw it opening weekend and REALLY enjoyed it. Maybe it's because I'm not terribly familiar with past incarnations of the character. Without the baggage, it's a completely enjoyable period piece. Harry's review strikes me as similar to the (few) die-hard fans of the Adam West Batman who just didn't like or get the Burton movie in 1989.

  • May 29, 2010, 10:09 a.m. CST


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  • May 29, 2010, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Would have been better...

    by QuandraX

    I bet Orlando Bloom told Ridley to SOD OFF! But, rly tho, he would have been a way better choice than Crowe... but Bloom might be sick of playing "that guy".

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