Russell Crowe takes on the role of Robin Hood in this new version of the classic film. It’s really the story of how Robin Hood got to be Robin Hood – it’s kind of a “prequel” to the other films. In that way, it’s interesting. Robin is an archer in the king’s service, and then ends up assuming an identity in order to help avoid a war with France. The characters are well drawn and the setting is quite cinematic. I guess the only way we have to suspend disbelief is that Robin Hood started this “robbing from the rich” career a little late in life! Cate Blanchett is a strong and determined Marian. She’s “Lady Marian” in this version, and she’s capable enough to ride right alongside the men to save the day.
This is an adventure – and a fun one at that.