Robin Hood opened this weekend in theaters all over the country. I was one of those who saw it the day it opened. I was very excited to see, and was very pleased with it. Probably one of the best movies I’ve seen since The Dark Knight. I was expecting it to get rave reviews, since it follows the award-winning Gladiator by acclaimed director Ridley Scott. Boy, was I wrong.
Surprisingly, the movie has gotten bad reviews everywhere from the internet to the printed page. Rottentomatoes.com, which rates every movie on a 0 to 100% scale, gave it a meager 46%. If that was an academic grade, it would have definitely failed. So why all the angry critics?
One reason for their disgust, which was cited many times, was the apparent lack of “legendary magic” in the movie. Many claimed that it lacked the mystery and intrigue of previous Robin Hood movies.
The critics are right that it is totally different than previous interpretations. Scott’s interpretation could actually be considered a prequel to the Robin Hood legend. It explains how Robin became “Robin of the Hood” and doesn’t show any of his adventures concerning “taking from the rich and giving to the poor”.
This might rub some the wrong way. If the magic of the legend was what you were looking for, you might be disappointed. But I believe with classic action sequences, and superb performances by Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, this one is worth seeing.
Read some critics’ rants on the new movie: