Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Review: Robin Hood


Title: Robin Hood
Universal Pictures
Ridley Scott
Brian Helgeland (screenplay), Brian Helgeland (story), and Ethan Reiff (story)& Cyrus Voris (story)
Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Mark Strong, Oscar Isaac, Mark Addy, Matthew Macfadyen, Kevin Durand, Scott Grimes, and Alan Doyle
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for violence including intense sequences of warfare, and some sexual content.
Running Time:
140 min
The story of an archer in the army of Richard Coeur de Lion who fights against the Norman invaders and becomes the legendary hero known as Robin Hood.

What Others Are Saying?

Rotten Tomatoes: T-Meter: 44% (Rotten), Top Critics: 42% (Rotten), RT Community: 65% (Fresh)
Metacritic: Critics: 53 out of 100, Users: 5.9 out of 10
MRQE Metric: 57: (7.2% A, 31.6% B, 45.6% C, 14.6% D, and 0.0% F)
Yahoo Movies: Critics: B Users: A-

My Review

Source Material: Characters based on the Robin Hood legend and folklore.

Entertaining Value:
  • Action Elements: Lets just say it had action but it was very weak and a bit boring in parts.
  • Comedy Elements: There were some cutesy line but I wasn't laughing much during the film.
  • Dramatic Elements: The film main drive was drama, but again it was a bit weak
  • Sci-Fi / Fantasy Elements: Beside the already legendary aspect of Robin Hood.
Cinematic Value:
  • Acting and Dialogue: B+: The acting was good only because the starring roll were cast with Academy Award Winning Actors. But even the other charters did a good job.
  • Art Direction: B+: I think the costuming was the best part of the art in the film. I think period films always win when come to costuming.
  • Cinematography: B: The Cinematographer made some inserting choices that worked for the film.
  • Direction: C+: For The most part I like most if not all of Ridley Scott's work. Film likes Gladiator usually squeak into my top ten all time favorites. Ridley Scott slightly missed the mark on this one, mainly because their was major pacing issues.
  • Editing: C+: I can see how most of the people I talk to say the film was hard to follow and kind of boring, cause it somewhat a bad editing job. There's quite a few times it switches back in forth.
  • Screenplay: B: I enjoined the fact the story was "historically" based but at the same time holds up the legend aspect of it. I also like how it was more of a story of how Robin Hood became Robin Hood rather than the classic story of a man stealing from the rich and giving from the poor.
  • Sound and Music: B: It was one of the better scores I have heard in awhile.
  • VFX: B: I think the partial effect were great and the stunt teams did a good job.
Overall: B: The true defection of a film with mixed reviews, your either going to like it like myself but there also going quite a few who lean toward, "its boring" I can't recommend it as a must go see but fanboys of that time period, should like the film. Just because I liked it dosent mean you will.

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