Normally I stick to bookish type things but this week I am diversifying slightly. Two days ago I had the happy opportunity to be invited to the review screening of Robin Hood which is Ridley Scott’s new epic film starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett.
As an avid history buff to say I was skeptical was an understatement but I should have put my faith in Scott. Probably one of the best Hollywood ‘blockbusters’ of Robin Hood I have ever seen I am more than happy to suggest you all head and see it immediately! Forget that Russell Crowe is quite frankly hot stuff and that Cate Blanchett’s skin is not of this earth – Robin Hood is a great period piece.
Robin Hood is the tale of Robin before we know him robbing the rich to feed the poor. After ten years on the crusades as a poor archer Robin Longstride encounters a series of events that leave him taking the crown of Richard the Lion heart home after his death.
After being asked by Robert of Locksley in his dying wish to return his precious sword to his father Robin heads North to Nottingham to settle his promise. Caught up in Nottingham events Robin pretends to be Robert of Locksley to ensure his beautiful widow [Cate Blanchet] Marion does not lose her land and home after Sir Walter Loxley’s death.
Slowly Marion and Robin fall in love against the tyrannical backdrop of the Church and King John. Sir Walter has agreed that by pretending to be his dead son he will tell Robin of his missing past. He learns his father was a rebel who drew up the original basis of the Magna Carta, but was put to death for his rebellious ideas.
Robin agrees to rouse the Northern barons of England to battle against the invading French if King John will sign his father’s treaty. The French are assured that this country is divided by a traitor Godfrey and have therefore set sail to take our Island by force.
Will John keep his word and what will face Robin so that he ends up living his life outside the law? All the familiar faces are here in their practical historical way – fat Friar Tuck, Little John and of course Will Scarlet. All these men will become the immortal Merry Men we know and love.
Although it seems Ridley Scott hoped to recreate a Gladiator movie it does not have the same epic feel. The pace is much slower but the quality is there – both Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett deliver mesmorising performances and the gritty realism makes this one of the best interpretations yet made of our famous English legend.
Go and swoon in the cinema – Lauren x
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org