Starring: Russell Crowe, Kate Blanchett, Max von Sydow, Mark Strong, Oscar Isaac, William Hurt
The story of Robin Hood, the outlaw who takes from the rich and gives to the poor. Robin Longstride (Crowe) was an ace archer serving King Richard the Lionheart during his crusade to conquer Europe. Robin agreed to help a dying knight, Sir Robert Loxley of Nottingham and agreed to deliver his sword to his father. With the death of King Richard, his crooked brother John (Isaac) became King of England. Robin broke his acquaintance with the King due to John's unfair rule and travelled north with a group of like-minded soldiers to Nottingham. Sir Walter Loxley (Sydow) Robert's father, requested Robin to stay back as his son so that his land does not get forfeited by the crown. Much to the disappointment of Marion (Blanchett) Robert's wife, Robin had to be her husband. Coming from the stable of Ridley Scott, the movie had high expectations but sadly failed to replicate the success of Gladiator. Russell Crowe left no stone unturned in delivering an outstanding performance. The only chink in the armour is that Robin Hood is conceived to be much younger than what the movie portrays him to be. The movie focuses on the life of Robin Hood before he actually became popular for 'taking from the rich and giving to the poor'. A great entertainer with some fine moments with a vast scope for improvement.
Thumbs up: Performances
Thumbs down: Needed a strong climax