IRobin Hood, not-so-merry-men melodrama, rated PG-13, Regal Stadium 14, 1 chile Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood is an entertaining mess of a movie that is made up of much better scenes from earlier movies. Sharp film buffs will quickly spot moments lifted from Braveheart, The Big Country, The Longest Day, Saving Private Ryan, and even Quigley Down Under. Too bad the filmmakers didn’t borrow from Monty Python and the Holy Grail; this picture could use some laughs.
At least it’s a new spin on an old myth. In Scott’s version of the tale, our 12th-century pal Robin Hood (Russell Crowe) is actually mercenary Robin Longstride. He’s posing at first as Sir Robert Loxley (Douglas Hodge), who died after asking Robin to return Loxley’s sword to the family fiefdom in Nottingham. Robin shows up there and encounters Loxley’s not-so-grieving widow, Lady Marion (Cate Blanchett), and his blind father, Walter (Max von Sydow). Robin poses as Robert with Marion and Walter’s cooperation, and nobody in the village of Nottingham seems to recognize the false Robert, even though Hodge and Crowe don’t exactly look like twins.
Meanwhile, Prince John (Oscar Isaac) ascends the throne as his brother, King Richard the Lionheart (Danny Huston), embarks on a crusade to pillage castles in other countries. The new king marries a French tart (Léa Seydoux) who is the niece of King Philip of France, which gives the latter an excuse to attack