You Can't go into this thinking it is going to be Gladiator. Or Kingdom of heaven to enjoy this for what it was. It didn't blow my mind, but it didn't disappoint in some aspects. I will admit in making it more realistic they took out some of the oomf that made robin hood robin hood. But to be fair this isn't robin hood. This is Robin hood batman begins style. This is Robin hood the Prequel. The action isn't what i expected from the makers of Gladiator and Kingdom of heaven. But i still thought it was gritty as it could be for pg 13. Which makes me think they should have just gone to R, but i get it...the producers and funders want to make as much money from as many demographics as possible, but i feel a little screwed over as far as the level of action i wanted out of this. The movie went dry for me when arrows weren't being flung into chests or faces. I was glad to see Crowe pump back into shape for the role, i heard he was still chubby from body of lies. Cate blanchett's acting was bland and she looks too much like a foot to be maid Marian. When i think made Marian i think total babe, which is the opposite of Cate blanchett. Mark strong playing another villain. I love it when mark strong plays villains. He should be getting a workaholic award for being so many villains in the last year and a half, robin hood, kick ass, and Sherlock Holmes. I enjoy him, he is an intimidating actor, like crowe. Which i think played off in their opposition of each other. Not to sound like a misogynist or really anti Cate Blanchett again, but...I get in the world we live in we want to see Women as equals to men and have strong women characters, i get that and hell i want to see it too, as long as it is done right. It wasn't done right in this film. I honestly can't see a woman being in combat in that time setting, and i don't mean that in a negative way but i think they just threw that in to throw it in there. Like they saw the woman in return of the king fighting in a battle and they thought, eh why not. Maid Marian is a Maiden not a knight.(And again to clear me not being a misogynist, i think laura rossiln from Battlestar galactica is the greatest leader character in contemporary fiction)
Anyway. In closing, i thought this film had a solid cast and beautiful costumes and sets and location of filming. I think the action was good for pg 13, but i would have rather wanted bloodshed. I thought when there wasn't action going on it was dry. This film did what i wanted it to do though, which was entertain me for a couple hours. But, the only part that gave me chills, that made my hair on my arms go up was at the end When The sheriff was putting up the poster and robin hood nails it with an arrow. It made me want what robin hood was supposed to be, not a backstory, but a story about robin hood.