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Early Robin Hood Reviews Break Before #Cannes

by Anne Thompson
May 9, 2010 9:06 AM
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The first reviews of Ridley Scott's Robin Hood were scheduled to break with the film's Wednesday opening at Cannes, but Empire broke first, followed by THR, Variety and indieWIRE. Verdict: decidedly mixed.

Todd McCarthy:

A conjectural “origins” story about the career birth of England’s legendary people’s outlaw, Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood” is neither as good as the director’s personal best period epic, “Gladiator,” nor a match for Hollywood’s most memorable previous accounts of the beneficent bandit of Sherwood Forest (it is, however, superior to the Kevin Costner entry two decades back, which I at the time dubbed “Robin of Wood”).


THR:

"Bottom Line: This rousing "prequel" to the familiar Robin Hood tale strains to appeal to too many demographics."


Empire:

"Verdict: Grown-up but not too serious; action-packed but not juvenile… Not only is this the mullet-free Robin Hood movie we’ve been waiting decades for, it’s also Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe at their most entertaining since Gladiator."


Variety:

"Can you not sing a happy tune?" growls a not-so-merry man in "Robin Hood," and one might direct the same question at Ridley Scott's grimly revisionist take on England's most famous outlaw. Impressively made and serious-minded to a fault, this physically imposing picture brings abundant political-historical dimensions to its epic canvas, yet often seems devoted to stifling whatever pleasure audiences may have derived from the popular legend. With a brawny Russell Crowe in the title role, pic looks to hit its B.O. target in most markets, though overall muted reactions may hold Universal back from a king's ransom Stateside.

UPDATE: The Auteurs does a full round-up.

2 Comments

  • B.A.R.D. | May 22, 2010 5:18 AMReply

    What should Russell Crowe do next? The cheeky comedy "Cocksure"--
    What if... Shakespeare and DeVere actually met.... and planned the grandest ruse in Literary history?! A bawdy romp with all the leading movers & shakers of Shakespeare's day, including our heroes-- two out-of-work actors (Mr. Crowe as Phil Herrup, Paul Bettany as Peter Pinchon) who swill tipple, play darts, and woo "giglets" (giddy wanton girls), stumble upon this grand ruse...Stardom sucks, but sub-plots abound: Royal intrigues at the Inns of Court, glass eyeballs, Marlowe's murder, the mystery author-- all prick and bubble in this foot-licking farce as we cheer for these stage-scum Actors who lust for life, live for juicy giglets, great parts, and the jaunty jargon that sets us humans and jolly jesters apart.
    Life is indeed a rich pageant! Come on Russell-- Have some fun as Phil Herrup! Cocky stuff the ruff of schemes and dreams!

  • Koto | May 11, 2010 2:42 AMReply

    Sorry,it's bit O/T,but I don’t trust Empire magazine anymore.Empire used to be great film magazine.It was for true movie lovers.But now their magazine is like for fanboys.Reviews are unsure.And these days the films they care are mostly mindless blockbusters.It's too bad.

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