“Rise and rise again until lambs become lions.”
When Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott signed on to make Nottingham, a revisionist take on the Robin Hood myth that pitted a Sherlock Holmes-like Sheriff of Nottingham against the villainous Robin, little did anyone realize where it would end up. After years of rewrites, Scott had the version of the myth that he wanted to make, taking on a much more historical angle placing Robin in the middle of the political machinations leading to the Magna Carta. But is that where it should have landed instead of where it started? Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we conclude our Robin Hood series with Scott’s 2010 film Robin Hood.
We talk about Scott and his seeming need to release extended cuts of his films, as if he can’t get it right the first time. We look at why they felt this version of the story needed to be told and if it works for us. We chat about the ages of the various actors who we’ve seen play the title character and if we feel the age really matters with this story. We look at Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Mark Strong, and more and chat about what they’re bringing to the table. We look at the tropes of the myth and discuss if this film hits them or not. And we discuss what makes epic moments epic versus simply overblown.
It’s an interesting film that’s beautiful to look at, and certainly plays with the myth quite a bit. Tune in to this week’s show to hear us chat. The Next Reel. When the movie ends, our conversation begins.
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