Robin Hood as retold by Ridley Scott

For our special movie date yesterday (and to escape the brutal summer heat), my girlfriend and I went to see Robin Hood which starred Russell Crowe as Robin Longstride aka Robin Hood and Kate Blanchet as Lady Marion Loxley.

This film shows the history of Robin Hood, a look back at the origins of this legendary character whose only memory I have are from cartoons shown in my elementary school days. Wherein he and his merry men would “rob from the rich and give to the poor.”

Then again, I had little idea of why they were doing this to begin with. I didn’t even bother to Google ‘Robin Hood’ to know the full story. Thanks to Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe, the movie is suppose to be the answer to those questions.

And from where I sat, I think the movie did a good job at just that. It explored the world in which Robin Longstride lived in; 12th century England which is just one big sh*t hole of a country to live in. All thanks to a government led by a King blinded by wrong religious views and self-serving motives.

It was a refreshing experience to see King Richard the Lionheart being aged by war, questioning if everything he has done so far would merit the approval of God or not. To see King Philip of France make dealings on a riverbank and cutting himself while eating sea shells is a new perspective on the royalty of that time. Though not historically accurate, this aspect of the film certainly lights up the history nerd in one’s self.

All of these told in a dark and heavier mood as compared to earlier Robin Hood films. A more human and organic storytelling from its director and portrayal from Russell Crowe. Ms Connie Veneracion is right, it’s irrelevant if Crowe is too old for their roles, being the film on the characters’ history and origins, it can lay down the foundations for these characters’ makeup and identity.

It showed that Robin Hood is a noble man, a man who inherits the dignity, values and aspirations of a generation from the times when good men ruled the nobility in contrast to and struggle against the corrupt, vile and morally-bankrupt rule of King John. (Who’s a certified a-hole btw) Something we are all too-familiar with in our present times.

I’m not really a Russell Crowe fan, but I’m an admirer of his work, and this Robin Hood film now merits a space on my DVD rack once it is released. With this, I’m glad we went to see Robin Hood instead of A Nightmare on Elm Street.

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