Scut­tling Sher­wood

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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

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