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I can’t wait for Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood”. Give this guy a big budget, a couple hundred extras with broadswords, and he always turns in a pretty worthy 2 hours or so. If nothing else, the action is going to be worth the price of admission. That looks to be the case with “Robin Hood” after seeing the first trailer. Here’s the second trailer, which eschews much of the “Gladiator”-esque action and feel of the first one in favor of, you know, actually showing more Robin Hood-esque action. Overall, I liked this one much better, if only because it stays truer to the character and is not nearly as bombastic.
‘Robin Hood’ chronicles the life of an expert archer, previously interested only in self-preservation, from his service in King Richard’s army against the French. Upon Richard’s death, Robin travels to Nottingham, a town suffering from the corruption of a despotic sheriff and crippling taxation, where he falls for the spirited widow Lady Marion, a woman skeptical of the identity and motivations of this crusader from the forest. Hoping to earn the hand of Maid Marion and salvage the village, Robin assembles a gang whose lethal mercenary skills are matched only by its appetite for life. Together, they begin preying on the indulgent upper class to correct injustices under the sheriff. With their country weakened from decades of war, embattled from the ineffective rule of the new king and vulnerable to insurgencies from within and threats from afar, Robin and his men heed a call to ever greater adventure. This unlikeliest of heroes and his allies set off to protect their country from slipping into bloody civil war and return glory to England once more.
Starring Russell Crowe as Robin Hood, Cate Blanchett as Maid Marion, and Matthew Macfadyen as the Sheriff of Nottingham. Directed by Ridley Scott.
The arrows fly May 14, 2010.