May 14, 2010
Critics Consensus: Robin Hood Isn't A Merry Time
This week at the movies, we've got serious swashbuckling (Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchet), amour in Verona (Letters to Juliet, starring Amanda Seyfried and Chris Egan),and roundball romance (Just Wright, starring Common and Queen Latifah). Robin Hood is a merry man, right? Well, not in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, and the film suffers from its deviation from the legend, despite its impressive visuals and strong performances. Romeo once wondered, "Is love a tender thing? It is too rough, too rude, too boisterous; and it pricks like thorn." Not in Letters to Juliet, which critics say is too safe, too predictable, and too sticky sweet. Sometimes a movie can generate tons of goodwill despite its hackneyed premise. The critics say Just Wright benefits from its likeable leads but is ultimately undone by its sheer predictability.