Thursday May 13th 2010
Towards the end of Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, I came to the realisation that I was really enjoying myself. To tell the truth, I hadn’t been looking forward to the film at all, anticipating a painful 2.5-hour slog through monotonous battles, pointless name-checking and excessively elaborate plotting.
Instead, I was surprised to find a polished, exciting and surprisingly taut Hood, complete with an entirely acceptable performance from Russell Crowe and Ridley’s sharpest direction in over a decade.
Unfortunately, I’d got the timing wrong on my watch and we were actually only 50 minutes into the movie, which put a slightly different spin on things.
In conclusion: A painful 2.5-hour slog through monotonous battles, pointless name-checking and excessively elaborate plotting.