Katy’s Blockbusted Blogathon

Katy from the ever awesome Girl Meets Cinema has arranged a great blogathon to show our unbreakable bond towards a cheesy blockbuster-esque movie with a setting, story, or character that introduces or deals with something not from this ordinary realm. Well, apparently one of my favourite films is just that, so here goes! More info about the blogathon if you click on the banner above.

Robin Hood (2010)

I saw this film five times in the cinema. Back when I had time for overindulgence like that, I pulled this stunt a few times with films that weren’t necessarily great, but which struck a chord with me. Robin Hood of 2010 is an origin story, what was before Robin Hood. The film ends with the words “the legend begins.”

How this film is seen as a failure is unfathomable to me. It has Ridley Scott, Russell Crowe1, Cate Blanchett, a lot of chemistry, awesome fighting scenes, quite a few laughs and even a bit of Léa Seydoux. What’s not to like?

Well, the humor in this clip is kind of as far as it goes, but it’s refreshing among all the high-culture-ultra-stuff.2 It’s all nice and PG-13, too, which is good to see in its own way — not much seems to be outrageous these days, with Game of Thrones and Nymphomaniac being popular and available for anyone. Robin Hood is kind of toned down. This makes the romance between Robin and Marion even sweeter — the hints are so subtle and I’m pretty sure the last three times I saw this film was simply for the scene where Robin says, “I love you, Marion.” Crowe and Blanchett have such great chemistry!3 We also get Marion threatening to unman Robin with her dagger. Never say there weren’t badass women in the middle ages.

There are other highlights, too. Oscar Isaac plays a “darkly charismatic” King John who is honestly just a bit adorable. He gets with Seydoux, too, and what can be bad about that? I’ll cut it here because I choose to remain stupidly oblivious to anything that will ruin this film for me in retrospect — in fact, I don’t know if I’ll ever watch it again. The memories are all too precious.

1 oh, how I fell in love with him after watching this
2 yeah, no, I’m not sure what I mean here. Actual good films, perhaps?
3 so I haven’t seen this film since 2010, so if I remember wrong, just go with it — I remember them as one of my first OTPs ever! No need to crash my bubble.

18 responses to “Katy’s Blockbusted Blogathon

  1. I loved this movie! So unfairly maligned. It was a great film, period. Crowe and Blanchett were great in their respective roles, and such wonderful chemistry. Great review, and great pick!

  2. I never did get around to seeing this since the reviews were so bad. But now I want to after reading this post!

    • This is more of a memory than review, but hey, go ahead and see it! Me four years ago gives it thumbs up! No, but really, there are much worse films to see. This one is a lot of fun!

  3. I’m actually one of those people who found the movie to be laughably awful – I saw extended cut of it – with final battle actually making me laugh out loud, but Blanchett was lovely here and the supporting actors were very well cast.

    • I cringed at this clip I have here — and I’m pretty sure the rest of the film was worse. I just don’t remember it. Blanchett was great, though, I don’t doubt in that!

  4. This movie is terrible! As for Crowe’s accent, I don’t know what the hell he was thinking. Great work buddy.

  5. I’ve never seen this! One day I will. Lovely write-up, Elina! 🙂

  6. I LOVE THAT YOU LOVE IT! I think this is a great film with some fantastic performances and Ridley Scott’s patented period talent. I think some people really didn’t go for the slower and more character-centered pacing. I loved it and it made the Robin Hood story feel fresh for me. Great film and I love that you are defending it.

  7. Nice pick. I have heard a lot about the movie but I have actually never watched it myself. And I didn’t even know it had Russell Crowe…and Cate Blanchett!! Omg omg, need to watch ASAP.

  8. So sorry Elina – I don’t know how I missed this. Robin Hood is a movie that I sorta avoided because the reviews were all over the place. I love Russell and Cate, so I should eventually give this one a chance. 🙂

    • It’s cool, Katy, don’t worry! I love them too, and my love began with this very flick! So it’s very special for me. Thanks for hosting this awesome blogathon!

  9. I have never seen this. And, I own it. Hmm.

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