A Few Un-Merry Men

I promise this is the last one... for a little while, at least. I just felt the need to get these out, being as movies don't stay in the theater for a long time. Chances are most of you have seen this one already, but meh... I'm going to post it anyway, damn it!
Before I even comment on the content of the movie, I'm going to take a step out there and say that the casting was all wrong for this movie. While I admire nearly all of the actors involved in this film, I cannot say that I enjoyed this movie as fully as I could have.

For example, Russell Crowe. He's an excellent actor. His performances in Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, and Cinderella Man were epic, and that only grazes the surface of his long-standing film career. But, to me, he is not Robin Hood. I will say that his intensity definitely pushed the movie forward, but I was expecting a more jaunty man of the forest than Crowe's brooding interpretation. Perhaps I'm just stuck on my old beloved versions of Mr. Hood as presented by Disney and Kevin Costner (don't judge... I know that movie was ridiculous, but I still love it). In fact, I feel like Crowe is not really playing Robin Hood. Instead, he's playing a 12th Century version of this guy:

Imagine him in a shiny, metal suit of armor!

Secondly - and don't hate me for this, please - I hated Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian. That's extremely difficult for me to say because I love her to death. She is the epitome of class, elegance, and awe-inspiring talent. But she was all wrong to play opposite of Crowe as the iconic Marian. Now, Marian requires a strong, beautiful woman, and Blanchett has that in spades, but too often in the film she came off as hard, unyielding, and actually off-putting. Plus, I felt no on-screen chemistry between two Oscar winners.

Add that to a slow-moving, inconsequential plot, and you've got a movie that drags itself through 2 and 1/2 hours of film. While it has moments of quality film-making, and the cinematography was quite beautiful, that's pretty much all I can attribute to the pro side of this argument. Don't waste your money or time on this film. If you really must see it, then wait until it comes out on DVD.

When did I become that person? You know, the mean-spirited critic that poo-poos every movie to come out on the market. I'm usually such a liberal movie-lover; if something is able to divert my attention successfully for its duration, then I'm happy. Lately, I feel that Hollywood is seriously lacking in its output. I mean, have I turned into a miser, or are my thoughts correct?

Well, I feel bad for trashing Russell Crowe and Kate Blanchett, so I'm going to stop this business.



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