Certainly, Robin Hood is a figure we all know very well; most people associate him with one of the actors who've played him, like Kevin Costner or Cary Elwes, and the latest inhabitant of the icon in this year's Robin Hood is Russell Crowe. However, this version of the legend isn't just different because the actor has changed — this is definitely not the Robin Hood we're used to.
The main difference is that this is a prequel, a recounting of how a common archer named Robin Longstride became the man who stole from the rich to give to the poor. This film is serious and high-minded (read: there's not one chuckle in there), with director Ridley Scott clearly aiming to make this the most epic version of the tale. Scott has the ideal ingredients, namely star power: Crowe, most memorable for his heroic performance in Scott's Gladiator, and leading lady Cate Blanchett. Despite this careful mixture, something went wrong in Nottingham, making Scott's Robin Hood overlong and uninspiring. To see why I didn't love the movie, just read more