I was not looking forward to the near 2 1/2 hour movie and I didn’t take a very good pre-movie nap.
Yet this 13th century period movie set in England does a very good job of capturing the emotions and power struggles of the day. A little complicated understanding the different battling countries and the sub-story of one army overtly fighting for one country but actually fighting for another (England and France respectively).
Russell Crowe in his low key, manly-man way plays a character/role he has played before (in the sense of being soft spoken and seemingly gentle) and carries the movie. Cate Blanchett has a strong role and is terrific. Took a few minutes for me to get used to John Hurt but it worked.
Fighting scenes were good and not too gory. Robin Hood himself is a brilliant marksman and those scenes are some of the best. Watching the trajectory and path of the arrow (almost if there was a camera on the arrow itself) was great fun.
Also the credits at the end are most interesting in how they interspersed with watercolor images from the movie.
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