Monday, March 7, 2011
ROBIN HOOD (2010)
When it came out my youngest child loved it, and a few adults I knew, but most of the critics and most of my adult friends were critical of it. They thought Russel Crowe was too old for the part, or the first half of the movie was too much of a diversion about Richard the Lion Hearted in France, etc.
But I loved the writing, the re-imagining of this myth, this fantasy, about one man leading so many others to defend their rights as individuals against the powers that be who are trying to suck them dry (see the last post for contemporary comparisons). Especially the character of Richard.
And I loved Cate Blanchett as Lady Marian. I don't think I've ever seen her so appealing. Her performance delighted me every second she was on screen. I wanted to see an entire movie devoted to her character, to that performance.
Yeah, I dug it. But I wasn't expecting to. I only was planning on watching a few scenes to see if it was as bad as some of the critics had said it was. And to my surprise, I couldn't stop watching and wanted more. Maybe it's just me or because it was late or because it resonated with these times, whatever, if you haven't seen it, check it out (with an open mind, because it ain't Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland or classic Hollywood, which version is also a delight to watch any time).