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Robin Hood

Year: 2010
Production Co: Scott Free
Studio: Universal
Director: Ridley Scott
Producer: Ridley Scott/Russell Crowe
Writer: Brian Helgeland
Cast: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Max von Sydow, William Hurt, Mark Strong, Oscar Isaac, Danny Huston, Matthew McFadyen, Kevin Durand

Do we really need another Robin Hood movie? Since 1913 there have been over 35 versions. What could possibly be new about it? The Ridley Scott filmmaking aesthetic - that's what. We've never seen Robin Hood done with quite so much scope and breathing room on screen.

It's got all the hallmarks of the historical war epics of the last decade, the enormous armies clashing on the battlefields, the slow motion final ride to glory, even the kick arse heroine who can hold her own.

Crowe's been Scott's go-to action guy since Gladiator (even for A Good Year, when they both should have known better). The problem here is that both Russell and Ridley are looking as bored with this sort of thing as you'll be.

If you've seen Gladiator or Kingdom of Heaven you'll know Scott can do this kind of film his eyes closed. And there's nothing wrong with what's on screen, it's just that we've seen it all before. It might as well be Maximus in Leathers.

There are thrills and spills and lot of platitudes of glory in the script, but you've seen it a million times. If they'd stayed with their original idea, to cast Robin as the trouble making villain and the Sheriff of Nottingham as the hero just trying to restore order, it would have been far more interesting.

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