Cinema Summaries: Robin HoodThe movie’s greatest attribute lies in the sense that by establishing a prequel it gave the legend of Robin Hood a whole new, unseen zing in the same way that “Batman Begins” reinvigorated its own series.
By: Zack Graves , East High School
Ditching the merrymaking men in tights of Kevin Costner’s past, Director Ridley Scott’s (“Gladiator”) “Robin Hood” portrays a grim protagonist, bent on revolution and haunted by strictly outlawed anti-authoritarian ideas. The movie’s greatest attribute lies in the sense that by establishing a prequel it gave the legend of Robin Hood a whole new, unseen zing in the same way that “Batman Begins” reinvigorated its own series.
Intricately setting the stage for his individualist views, the movie follows Robin Hood’s earlier years, fighting in the imperialistic army under King Richard the Lionhearted. Disgusted with slaughter under the flag of a subjugating monarchy, Robin deserts the army and returns the sword of his fallen companion to his father. In order to protect the property rights of his late friend’s widowed wife, Lady Marian (Cate Blanchett), he agrees to impersonate as her husband. This, of course, sparks the movie’s romantic element. After King Richard falls in battle, the new and ever horrifying King John rules in his stead, imposing ridiculous taxes on his subjects and leaving his country defenseless against France.
Lasting nearly two and a half hours, the movie seems to unnecessarily linger in parts; however, the dialogue is so well written that it’s barely noticeable. The surprisingly excellent writing is especially important when considering that this is one of those opening summer flicks in which you usually see ten minutes of action for every five minutes of plot sequence (if you remember last year we got the IQ dropping “Transformers 2,” ugh!).
Modern themes deftly find their way into the script of screenwriter Brian Helgeland (“L.A. Confidential”). There’s enough populist anger over oppresive taxes to make a teabagger march on Nottingham (yet again for a fictional reason), and the smirking King John sounds like a lobbyist from Goldman Sachs.