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Kevin Wolf

You're kinder to this film than I expected, but not so kind as to change my mind about seeing it. I just can't do it.


I thought that the movie had the potential to be a quite good film, but it just couldn't resist the occasional easy joke or corny meta-reference, and it kept yanking the rug out from under itself. It's like it couldn't dare to take itself seriously, and had to do something whenever it was in danger of becoming something solid and thoughtful. (The incongruous scene with Marion at the end is an excellent example - it was completely unwarranted, undermined everything interesting that had been developing in this version of the character, and was completely unnecessary for the furtherance of the plot. Cut it out, and the scene would have made much more sense.)

Jonathan Korman

I was looking forward to your comments on this picture, since I liked Robin's Last Arrow so much.

I was just telling a friend that I was a little disappointed that it was titled Robin Hood. Had it been a stealth revisitation of a classic, like The Thirteenth Warrior was, I would have been delighted by the way this strange modern chivalric romance suddenly deposited me neatly at the beginning of the Robin Hood legend when it ended. As it was, it took me until halfway through to start enjoying the movie I was seeing instead of the movie the title promised.

Marian is easily the most interesting character in the movie --- my read on her was much like yours --- and I like your point about the movie taking Robin and Marian to an Indian summer in their lives. In a way, this prequel story about middle-aged people is "Robin and Marian" in reverse.

And I am comforted that I wasn't the only one who saw the echoes of The Lion In Winter --- though the main effect was to make me want to see Lion again for the billionth time. It's a pity, actually, that Scott couldn't get the actors to reprise their roles. We still have them all, except for Hepburn ...


I saw the movie and enjoyed it, enjoyed it a lot. I saw it as a story of nation building, another of the tales of how England became England, the integrating of the Anglo-Saxons and the Normans. I expected a movie about medieval war and life and that's I saw.


Speaking of references to other movies, I forgot to mention that I thought of Becket (or the Honor of God).

Frank C.

We'll never know if Crowe "kept his hair" or not. Like 99% of famous actor males, he hasn't seemed to lose his hair or even seen his hairline recede. Let's be real: flap surgery and high quality toupees are *huge* in Hollywood.


Methinks thou are far too kind to this dreary mess of a movie, which wanted to be "Gladiator," but couldn't figure out how. Plot made little or no sense, had no emotional momentum, and obviously will not spawn a sequel, which was the actual point.

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