Russell Crowe’s Robin Hood is in the top ten most watched on Netflix.
By Nathan Kamal | Published
Despite being an infamously cantankerous, instantly recognizable actor, Russell Crowe also has the uncanny ability to turn up at home in seemingly any period of time. He will always be associated with the glory and blood of ancient Rome for his performance as Maximus in Gladiator, but he has also been a singing 19th century French policeman, a biblical patriarch, a literal god of lightning, and of course , Superman. father. However, one of his most neglected films took him to medieval England and is currently in the top ten most watched movies on Netflix: Ridley Scott’s 2010 film. Robin Hood.
Robin Hood stars Russell Crowe as the titular legendary English bandit, whose historical existence will likely remain a matter of debate forever. In this particular version of the oft-told story, Russell Crowe is a 12th-century commoner and archer in the army of King Richard the Lionheart (Danny Houston), whose failed crusades have bankrupted England and reduced the monarch. essentially a marauder who plunders castles. on their way home for supplies and funds. In the film’s opening scenes, we see the nihilistic brutality of the war Russell Crowe and his comrades engage in, as well as the sense that his character (initially known as Robin Longstrider) is an honest man, but one with some flexibility. . morality.
After a demoralized King asks Russell Crowe for honest feedback on a campaign that has intentionally killed women and children in pursuit of glory, he praises the archer for his outspokenness, then throws him and his comrades Little John (Kevin Durand), Will Scarlet (Scott Grimes), and Alan A’Dayle (Alan Doyle) in actions to be flogged. It should never be said that Ridley Scott has a rosy view of humanity, as can be seen in the following actions of Richard’s younger brother John (an oily, before-fame Oscar Isaac) in womanizing and taxing Northerners impoverished, the French. King Philip’s infiltration of the English court through Godfrey (Mark Strong), and people in general being idiots.
Robin Hood tries to walk a fine line between a crude and realistic portrait of medieval England in which the strong brutalize the poor to sadistic and psychotic degrees, and one in which Russell Crowe gives heroic and moving speeches about the need for the state of law and human rights. The latter is not as anachronistic as one might think; the historic King John agreed to the barons’ demands of him and signed the Magna Carta, one of the founding documents of individual rights in Europe. Predictably, neither Russell Crowe nor Robin Hood had much to do with it.
Robin Hood is the fourth and, to date, most recent collaboration between Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe, who no doubt hoped it could reach Gladiator’s levels of acclaim and box office. Despite an impressive cast that includes the aforementioned Oscar Isaac, Cate Blanchett as Marian, and Max Van Sydow as a blind nobleman who convinces Robin to pose as his son Robert Loxley, beginning his transformation into a hero popular, Robin Hood it was lukewarmly received by critics. While it grossed an impressive $321 million, it didn’t garner the kind of cultural presence that only catchphrases like “Are you not entertained?”
Interestingly, it seems that Robin Hood it was meant to be a very different version of the legend. While the Ridley Scott-Russell Crowe version that finally hit theaters finally ends with Robin leading an army against the French invaders, being declared an outlaw by the jealous Oscar Isaac, and basically turning out to be robin hood beginsthe original screenplay by Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris was titled Nottingham. He reportedly portrayed the usually villainous Sheriff of Nottingham (basically a non-entity in this film) as more heroic and in a love triangle with Robin and Marian.
It seems that Universal Studios eagerly bought into this new take on an old legend and immediately set out to rewrite it back to a familiar story that wouldn’t challenge audiences. When Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott were on board, Nottingham had at one point involved the Sheriff as one of the first forensic detectives (similar to Johnny Depp’s Ichabod Crane in sleepy Hollow), the Sheriff using the Robin Hood persona as a disguise, and Robin Hood assuming the identity of the dead Sheriff.
As you would expect from a major studio, all innovative ideas were ultimately scrapped. Nottingham was renamed Robin Hood and it all turned into a potential franchise starter for Russell Crowe as the bandit. A sequel hasn’t come out yet, but you never know: no one gets tired of remaking Robin Hood.