Fan reviews of Robin Hood
Review of Robin Hood
We would have expected professionalism and attention to detail by Ridley Scott, his team of skilled craftsmen, and those drawn from cinematic and acting communities. We would have known going in that the pre-production efforts as to authenticity of period and research into the historical evidence would be on the screen where it belongs. We would have done more then sense the care and concern for issues of the time, place, and people. Such concerns are now known to be given if one is honored by the arrival of a film by Scott.
|I don't know if this is the kind of review you're looking for but I've just got my son to sleep and I'm bursting to tell you. He was seven on May 14th, a good day! I had already thought that I might take him to see RH but I didn't want to that without first checking it out myself. SO..
tonight picked him up from school at 3:30 first thing he said was 'is it Robin Hood today?'
Half an hour up to town on the train, tickets first, then food, THEN movie. Not an easy concept for an over excited seven year old to grasp!
'finished! can we go now'
'eat some more pasta'
'finished now! can we go now?'
'eat more than half a fork full please'
So we have our tickets row K 15 & 16. He was very particular that he wanted seat 15.
Couldn't hardly see him over the biggest bucket of popcorn in the world!
Screen 1 K15
Each one met with a 'shhh it's starting' to the entire cinema!
Cate's first shot 'she's good mamma is that Robin's girlfriend?'
and then at first sight of RC 'Look ~ there he is!'
'and that's the castle where he's going to live!'
'not quite babe ~ but keep watching'
Then I knew I was in for a treat because the audience participation began! Every shot Russell, Scott and Alan took; was matched by Harri!.
I would've loved the cinema to be packed, but I could already feel that on this particular occasion probably as well it wasn't!
The scene where the king's horse runs into Russell's arms, he says, 'doesn't Rusty look beautiful mamma?' took me half a second to realise he meant the horse!
Luckily we had the whole of row K to ourselves. I say that because seat 15 became Harri's trusty steed! He was kneeling up in his seat rocking and clunking and faster(and louder) for galloping of course!
I can't tell you all of it, but he's watched this movie being built along with me, but things he commented on kind of amaze me; and I know I might be biased on account of him being my boy but, he left me thinking 'wow' on more than one occasion!
When the Merry Men first meet Lady Marion and the girls come out giggling he whispered to me 'they've all been kissing!'
As the French army were landing, he said that they better not fall into the water because their armour would make them sink ~ something I hadn't realised until a friend's husband pointed that out! As the archers took their places on the cliff he told me that they'd have to be quick because they wouldn't want to kill the cavalry. When Cate shows up on the beach he says 'Lady Marion's going to kill Godfrey now!'; and when the men were cheering for Longstride he told everyone that that was making the king very cross!
I've seen this movie now three times in three different cinemas and each time there's been a huge cheer when Godfrey gets what's coming to him and a round of applause at the end. Tonight my son gave Robin Hood a standing ovation. Tonight my son gave me some amazing memories. Thanks to RC for that!
schmiddy ... and Harri!!
From Judith via Schmiddy: "From the moment Robin Hood began I was instantly drawn into a powerful world of wonder and beauty, mingled with intense and consuming emotion that captured my total focus to the very end. The story unfolded with insightful historical and epic adventure on a scale that mesmerized me.
Ok,another UK viewer point of view; I’ll keep it brief:
We went on a late Saturday night showing,(the whole family;3 teenage kids and hubby.)
So having grabbed the best seats in the back row, loaded down with popcorn and iced slushies .;we saved up our pennies for this!!
The cinema was choc-a-bloc other families, young couples, old people, and even older people!, and all ready to be entertained;
So, Robin Hood? Yes great! Loved it!
Good to see it retold in a different light, we get a lot of robin’s here, TV dramas as well as the films.
So kudos for the ideas: much better than I was expecting.
Loved_ the wild boys great way of starting that thread. but wanted to see more of them!
But I’m biased, so what did the crew think?
I mean teenagers go to the cinema all the time, I don’t.
Oldest two gave it 8/10; they liked the merry men and battle scenes particularly the arrow through the neck. Mmmm….
So a good, fun night out for all the family and seemed most people there agreed.
But there has to be a sequel, right?
|Murph's Review HERE|
From Ann Mary in Spain. DIFFERENT AND ENTERTAINING: A GOOD COMBINATION.
I am a Spanish fan of Russell Crowe since I saw him in LA confidential. This is my first review in English.
Yesterday night I saw the film with my sister and my brother-in-law. Before seeing the film a friend of mine told me: “Ann, you must forget other Robin Hood’ films. This is different”. And it’s true.
First of all, the storyline is great and different. The film is long (148 minutes) but entertaining. When the film ended I told my sister: “ I want more. I want a sequel soon”.
Besides Russell Crowe is, as always, terrific. In my opinion, nowadays he is the best actor in Hollywood because he has the ability to play many different characters( Outlaw in 3.10 to Yuma, journalist in State of Play, policeman in American Gangster, ect...) with a physical and phychological change in each one.
Cate Blanchett as Lady Marion is wonderful. The chemistry between her and Russell is huge. Their romance is lovely. First she didn’t trust him but the confidence between them increases and turns into love at the end of the film.
The rest of the cast are excellent also especially Max von Sydow as Sr Will Loxley( the scene which he told Robin what happened with his father is amazing).
Beautiful photography and great soundtrack especially the final battle scene.
My score is 9.5 out of 10 because there is something I don’t understand very well. I wondered at the end of the film: Who was the former owner’s sword? Robin’s father?
I hope everybody enjoy the movie as me. I will be seeing again next Saturday!!!!
From Nicole: Disappointed.I saw RH last night with my son and his partner. Russell is good as Robin Longstride but we all agreed to say that this movie is missing something. We were waiting for something that never came. Hard to explain. A lot of events happen and we expect more about it but there is no development. Everything is treated superficially. Cate Blanchet is great and we can feel the chemistry between her and Russell. The name of this movie, Robin Hood, isn't really adapted as the "outlaw" Robin was born at the end. We were expecting something else.
Just got back from seeing this amazing flick. I was thoroughly entertained and enthralled. I must admit to being nervous after reading some critics reviews. Well, after actually seeing it, all I can say is the movie I saw was obviously not the same one that many of the critics saw.
The movie was everything I had hoped for and more. Action-packed almost from start to finish. And some critics had said it was boring! I am flabbergasted at this because boring it most definitely was not.
Russell Crowe IS Robin Hood. He easily gets into the role and makes it his own, just as he does with almost any role that he's played. And he is in FINE form too. There is a scene where he is getting ready to take a bath and you get a great look at his upper body. All I can say is - Mmmmmm.
Cate Blanchett is his equal as Maid Marion. And the supporting cast was wonderful - the Merry Men, the King, Sir Godfrey and a wonderful turn by William Hurt as an English nobleman. Max Von Sydow is excellent too as Sir Walter Locksley.
To any who haven't seen this movie, and who may have been put off by some of the critics reviews, I say go and enjoy it. You will not regret your decision.
Every seat was taken at the Metreon theater in downtown San Francisco last night for the Advanced Preview.
Several rows were reserved for the Press, but we managed to get into such a row for a good view of the wide screen presentation. I recognized a reviewer for one of our local TV stations sitting on the aisle.
Ridley Scott has produced a film of epic proportions. The story is well-told, and the various delays in script rewrites resulted in an interesting and gripping interpretation of history. Make no mistake, this is an ‘action film’ every step of the way. Battle after battle is portrayed realistically, in a time where fighting was done on a man-to-man basis. Swords, knives, axes, and of course, the archers dominated scene after scene. Our hero was in his element, looking wonderful while fighting the enemy, galloping on his white steed, or working through personal relationships with Marion, and Sir Walter Loxley. This is another solid acting performance by Russell Crowe.
No expense is spared to make the viewer feel part of the French landing on the English beachheads. It was an astonishing re-enactment, but my credibility was strained on two counts: 1) could archers standing on the white cliffs ½ mile away really hit the arriving Frenchmen struggling to exit the medieval version of wooden troop landing carriers?; and 2) how did Marion get into the fray?
The theme of brutality is omnipresent and comparisons between RH and Gladiator will be undoubtedly discussed by reviewers.
From Liz: 4.30pm Hull England
I have just returned from watching the first showing in Hull of Robin Hood.
I haven't been so excited about seeing a film since Master and Commander. History does seem to be Russell's forte.
After enduring the adverts and trailers IT WAS TIME................
Most will have read previous reviews and know what the story and it's aims are.
The story scanned nicely, the action sequences were breathtaking and Russell WAS Robin Hood,
I'm afraid it will draw comparisons with Gladiator, but that is because of the the action sequences, the nasty King and the fact it is a historical tale.
Russell looked really fit and honed in the short scene without his shirt. Cate Blanchett was just right as Marion. Her accent was excellent.
The Merry men were great, I had hoped we would see more of them but the film seemed keen to set the scene and time, rather than all the characters.
A couple of 'downsides' Russell didn't quite nail the accent, he tended to sound slightly Scottish at times.
Also some of the dialogue was muffled (to hide the accents??)
Oscar Isaac was very good as King John, naturally going to be compared to Joaquin Phoenix. I wasn't a fan of Matthew MacFadyen before but he aquitted himself well in the little screen time he had. Mark Strong as ever was wonderful and is surely destined to be a 'baddie' in more films. A shame he was killed off in this one.
Knowing that the action scenes were real made it more impressive not 'looking for the joins in the CGI'
I'm going for 9.75 out of 10. The sound let it down. Some of the scenes were a little short, not allowing us to settle and get a feel for the characters.
It's begging (as am I) for a sequel, there HAS to be one, so we can get to see more of the Merry Men and give us a chance to wipe away the memory of 'Prince Of Thieves' forever !!!!!
There has got to be a sequel,
Anyway it was amazing.................. I'm going again tomorrow.
|Gayle- Lynne's review
From Robyn: I'm going to have to stop saying that I never win anything after scoring a pass to the May 11th advanced showing of Robin Hood. Happily, a two hour, 15 minute stand in line paid off handsomely. A stroke of luck had me "leapfrogging" into a center seat as people circulated asking, "Is that seat saved?" I didn't realize that a good "chunk" of seating would be taken by reviewers and movie theater staff. The hunt for seating delayed the movie by twenty minutes.
Anyone jaded enough to claim that Robin Hood is really "Gladiator II: Sherwood Forest" is going to be surprised. Different time, different battles. You have to keep your head on a swivel to see who's doing what to whom. Not as good as Gladiator or Braveheart, but well done.
Beautiful photography, especially of King Richard's ship arriving with the news of his fate. And as a horsewoman, I also get a "charge" (no pun intended) out of seeing horses running full tilt. And excellent horsemanship, which was abundant in the movie.
I didn't think the "merry men" were going to be half as good as they were. The only thing that was a puzzle was the boys from the forest, who appeared to be Marian's antagonists, then came to her aid and joined the battle against the French.
This was a "manly man" role that shows Russell back in form. I suspect that "Ask me nicely" may become a new catchword.
I'm glad, and kind of relieved, that this movie was as good as it was. A sequel should be a given.
From Steph: Ok , I won’t lie. As a teenager, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves made such an impression on me that I suspect Kevin Reynolds version to be responsible for starting my education as a movie-goer ( Keep your bows down mates , I do not own the very best of Bon Jovi ). Nevertheless , I think that things slightly changed after this bloody afternoon. Nevermind Kevin , you can ask me nicely as much as you want , but I am seriously more keen to dance with you and your wolves than falling in love with you after witnessing you taking a bath naked under a waterfall ( Sorry Mary Elizabeth )
I digress , go back to the present version. Seen it in Paris , in a movie theater near the Opera Garnier where there was hardly a free seat at the beginning of the showing . The “smart “ people who thought that this whole affair would look like “ Gladiator 2 “ were all wrong . This is what I like with Ridley and Russell , they made five movies together , and each time you feel like they’re starting from scratch and offer the viewer a whole new experience .
So yes , This was above my expectations . During 2 hours and a half, I was completely immersed in a gripping storyline , written and directed with smartness and efficiency . Thanks a lot Ridley , because even if they have small scenes , you gave the opportunity to Denis Menochet and Jonathan Zaccai to show that they could easily cope with Hollywood heavyweights in a superproduction . Lea Seydoux is no way Sophie Marceau in Braveheart , but that wasn’t the aim , and she manages to get noticed in all the scenes she appears . What can I say about Matthew Macfadyen ‘s sheriff of Nottingham ? Too bad , no direct confrontation with Russell ( saving arrows for the next installment ? ) , but his kiss to Cate Blanchett in his first appearance , His hallucinated look and the line “ I am half French by my mother ! “ make me thinks he really “ nailed “ it :) . Alan Rickman can keep on polish his small spoons , he’s always the scariest one ( after all he was raised by a witch hey ! ) . Not that Mark Strong not frightenned me , but that became a routine since Sherlock Holmes
From Anna: Robin Hood in Bulgaria
It is the first time I’m writing such a thing. So don’t judge me too harshly.
I was planning to see the movie on 15th of May with bunch of friends, but by circumstance I attended the last night’s Bulgarian premier of Robin Hood.
From Jeanette in Texas
Went to see Robin Hood last night at midnight showing.
Younger crowd – bless those fans…noisy in waiting but when the lights dimmed---a pin could have dropped and you would have heard it.
As far as the movie—thoroughly entertaining as a movie should be.
Surely as a fan I am prejudiced, but not once did the word Gladiator enter my mind…as usual when Crowe and Scott get together, it is a new experience.
I had no problems with the sound…there was only one phrase that escaped my ears due to a cough in the audience.
The score was just right.
The chemistry between Marion and Robin was believable and lovely.
The story line flowed seamlessly through the movie and the merry men were indeed the merriest.
If you go to see the movie just to watch the movie, you will enjoy it. Don’t compare it to anything else, because it stands alone.
It is a winner in my book--- Crowe as always becomes the character he portrays never seeing the man known as Russell Crowe on the screen.
Alan Doyle, Kevin Durand, Scott Grimes and Cate Blanchett and the rest of the cast are excellent also.
I hope you enjoy the movie as I will be seeing it again this evening!
I have seen RH on May 12 in the theater that made available the live Cannes Opening Night together with RH. Unfortunately, it was in French and, as you know, you can't perfectly enjoy the gist of the film when not in the original version. Nevertheless, once again I have been impressed by Russell's acting, which seems to be simplified thus conveying a more efficient impact. Indoor intimate scenes are very striking to illustrate it, he plays exquisitely with his voice tone and his wonderful eyes and eyelashes shadows sometimes (thanks Ridley !).
I shall see Robin Hood original version at the end of the week, I can't wait !