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Robin Hood

An Arrow Through Our Hearts

by Itika Oldwine – April 20, 2010

This week I was lucky enough to attend a pre-screening of Robin Hood, starring Oscar-winning actors Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett.  At first I thought I was simply going to see a re-telling of the original story – and when I say “original,” I am referring to the beloved Disney version – but in the age of Tim Burton adaptations I should have known that I would be getting much more than just your run of the mill do-over.  In the 2010 version of Robin Hood, directed by famed director Ridley Scott, we follow Robin from France to England where the corrupt, newly-crowned King John’s greed leads to an uprising amongst the English country men.  Throughout the film there’s a lot of gore and most of it is a result of fights to the death between Robin, the legendary marksman, and his rivals.  But there are also many charming moments in the film.  I enjoyed watching the love affair unfold between Robin and Lady Marian; and the aging Sir Walter Loxley, played by Max Von Sydow, who gets a new lease on life with the arrival of Robin to Nottingham, was endearing.  I particularly liked Scott’s version of Friar Tuck who moonlights as a bee keeper and the village liquor distributor, but it was the victory of good over evil in the end that sealed my approval for this re-enactment of the tale of Robin Hood.

About the Author: Itika Oldwine

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Itika received her BA from the University of California, Los Angeles in Political Science.

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