REVIEW SUMMARY: A revenge fantasy that misses its potential to reinvent the Robin Hood mythos and examine real problems. MY RATING: MY REVIEW: PROS: Interesting use of the [...]
Near the beginning of Ridley Scott's Robin Hood
, Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe, whose casting immediately signals problems) and his men stumble upon a group of English knights ambushed by Sir Godfrey (Mark Strong), an English knight with French lineage. Through the dying Sir Robert Loxley Robin learns of King Richard the Lionhearted's death. Wishing to return to England, he decides to assume Sir Loxley's identity and return the crown to King John (Oscar Isaac). Such concealment of identity and deception runs deep throughout the movie - so deep, in fact, that the movie falls prey to its own identity crisis.