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    Robin Hood



    Oscar® winner Russell Crowe stars as the legendary figure known by generations as “Robin Hood,” whose exploits have endured in popular mythology and ignited the imagination of those who share his spirit of adventure and righteousness. In 13th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. And whether thief or hero, one man from humble beginnings will become an eternal symbol of freedom for his people.

    The Robin Hood adventure 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 (Oscar® winner Cate Blanchett), 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.
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    Starring: Russell Crowe
    Cate Blanchett
    Vanessa Redgrave
    Eileen Atkins
    Danny Huston
    Directed by: Ridley Scott
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    Russell Crowe is a great actor, but I can not picture him as a Robin Hoob. More as a Little John.

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    I hope it is good without too much multicultural crap. The good thing is that it is based on Western culture, not something like the last samurai or Ali baba.

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    Although the word "Commando" was wrongly used to describe all Boer soldiers, a commando was a unit formed from a particular district. None of the units was organized in regular companies, battalions or squadrons. The Boer commandos were individualists who were difficult to control, resented formal discipline or orders, and earned a British jibe that"every Boer was his own general".

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    The heroic archer is more of a Germanic stock character than a (Western) Christian one, although this alone should not be taken to imply continuity with Anglo-Saxon mythemes since it is also imaginable that he was recreated from various parts to express entirely new meanings.

    Indeed, the notion that he steals from the rich and gives to the poor does not match with the Germanic hero who repels invaders and hostile forces and conquers new opportunities for his people, at which point he is also invested with personal wealth to accompany the social status among his kin.

    In addition to rewarding the incompetent, Robin Hood also fights for his absent leader against the rule of a usurper, which is certainly dutiful. The only trouble is that this noble king is neglecting his people in favour of securing Levantine trade opportunities for Italian citites. This is, of course, considered a mark of piety because some holy sites of the Abrahamic religions happen to be around the area.

    It does not need to be mentioned that I prefer Ægil's proud deeds over Robin Hood's disturbed way of thinking, but this recent parody of the story will undoubtedly drag it down further.

    For example, I could not help but notice the phrase "freedom for his people" in the description, which is a popular way of advertising the freedomist free-for-all that seeks to charm the fish merchant into fancying himself a noble aristocrat who should not receive instruction from anyone and instead enjoy the freedom to destroy society and the purpose pursued by it for fun and personal profit.

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    YouTube trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSqL9ygBCck

    The trailer that I prefer most(after clicking on the link,scroll down): http://uk.movies.yahoo.com/features/exclusive/

    From Scott's MTV interview on the changes in Nottingham (Robin Hood) - "So, rather than the Robin-vs.-Sheriff showdowns we’ve come to expect from “Robin Hood” movies, Scott has instead employed the history of the time to make an entire country the villain. “It is from France. It is the French,” [Normans] he insisted. “The villain is much bigger in that sense; much more important, and much more dangerous.”
    A website about everything Robin Hood: http://www.murphsplace.com/crowe/nottingham/main.html

    He describes his Robin Hood as a social democrat rebelling once King John introduces taxation after his brother, Richard the Lionheart, has bankrupted England to fund the Crusades
    Source: http://medievalnews.blogspot.com/200...r-russell.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Baughman View Post
    I hope it is good without too much multicultural crap. The good thing is that it is based on Western culture, not something like the last samurai or Ali baba.
    I think Japanese culture has a lot going for it, far more so than most non European cultures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Baughman View Post
    I hope it is good without too much multicultural crap. The good thing is that it is based on Western culture, not something like the last samurai or Ali baba.
    They'll probably put a Moor or a Saracen in it like they did in the PC Multi-cult TV series, can't have a show with only Europeans

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    I watched the film and it isn't bad, however it was not the epic I expected... But that it how it goes with films and expectations, better off watching it on the paid TV when it is shown. They seem to be setting up for a trilogy as this is a “prequel” so to speak.
    Although the word "Commando" was wrongly used to describe all Boer soldiers, a commando was a unit formed from a particular district. None of the units was organized in regular companies, battalions or squadrons. The Boer commandos were individualists who were difficult to control, resented formal discipline or orders, and earned a British jibe that"every Boer was his own general".

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