A new behind-the-scenes featurette for Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood has been released but I’m still not sold on the movie. I just don’t see a single thing that says, “This is the legend of Robin Hood like you’ve never seen it before.” The featurette tries to sell it as a character-driven film where we learn why Robin Hood decided to become a crusader for social equality and freedom and how he embraced his “destiny.” But all I’m seeing is Braveheart with a different location and a better known protagonist. I wanted to be excited for this movie, but I just don’t see anything fresh about it so far.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette and the official synopsis. Robin Hood hits theaters on May 14th.
Here’s the official synopsis for Robin Hood:
Oscar® winner Russell Crowe stars as the legendary figure known by generations as “Robin Hood,” whose exploits have endured in popular mythology and ignited the imagination of those who share his spirit of adventure and righteousness. In 13th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. And whether thief or hero, one man from humble beginnings will become an eternal symbol of freedom for his people.
The untitled Robin Hood adventure chronicles the life of an expert archer, previously interested only in self-preservation, from his service in King Richard’s army against the French. Upon Richard’s death, Robin travels to Nottingham, a town suffering from the corruption of a despotic sheriff and crippling taxation, where he falls for the spirited widow Lady Marion (Oscar® winner Cate Blanchett), a woman skeptical of the identity and motivations of this crusader from the forest. Hoping to earn the hand of Maid Marion and salvage the village, Robin assembles a gang whose lethal mercenary skills are matched only by its appetite for life. Together, they begin preying on the indulgent upper class to correct injustices under the sheriff.
With their country weakened from decades of war, embattled from the ineffective rule of the new king and vulnerable to insurgencies from within and threats from afar, Robin and his men heed a call to ever greater adventure. This unlikeliest of heroes and his allies set off to protect their country from slipping into bloody civil war and return glory to England once more.
Release date: May 14, 2010
Cast: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, William Hurt, Mark Strong, Mark Addy, Oscar Isaac, Danny Huston, Eileen Atkins and Max von Sydow
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Screenplay by: Brian Helgeland
Story by: Brian Helgeland and Ethan Reiff & Cyrus Voris
Produced by: Brian Grazer, Ridley Scott, Russell Crowe
Executive Producers: Charles J.D. Schlissel, Michael Costigan, Jim Whitaker, Ryan Kavanaugh