Why I Love Robin Hood with Russell Crowe

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Robin Hood and his companions.
Robin Hood and his companions.
Robin and Marian.
Robin and Marian.
Russell Crowe, and Cate Blanchett in Robin Hood.
Russell Crowe, and Cate Blanchett in Robin Hood.
Russell Crowe, and Max Von Sydow in Robin Hood.
Russell Crowe, and Max Von Sydow in Robin Hood.
Russell Crowe as Robin Hood.
Russell Crowe as Robin Hood.
Friar Tuck.
Friar Tuck.
The Sheriff of Nottingham.
The Sheriff of Nottingham.
Marian.
Marian.
Sir Loxley.
Sir Loxley.
Robin and companions.
Robin and companions.
Robin Hood.
Robin Hood.

Another ... Robin Hood Movie? Yes!

Several weeks ago I decided to order Robin Hood with Russell Crowe, and Cate Blanchett, from Netflix.com. I truly did not want to watch another Robin Hood tale, but after hearing this version was totally different from the usual telling ... I thought, Why not?

I read the information for the movie on Netflix.


THE INFORMATION READ:

Russell Crowe stars as Robin LongStride in director Ridley Scott's big-budget twist on the celebrated legend. When Soldier Robin happens upon the dying Robert of Loxley, he promises to return the man's sword to his family in Nottingham. There, he assumes Robert's identity; romances the widow, Marion (Cate Blanchett); and draws the ire of the town's sheriff (Matthew Macfadyen) and King John's henchman, Godfrey (Mark Strong) ....


Hum , I thought, that sounds really interesting . I then placed the movie at the top of my Netflix Queue's list.


Two weeks after I received the DVD I watched it. Why did it take me two weeks to watch? Well, I still had reservations about viewing a movie which changed a legendary tale ....

Then I had to think back almost twenty years ago to Kevin Costner's twist on Robin Hood. I thought it was great. To me it was plausible for Robin Hood to have a Moor -- a Black man -- as a traveling companion .... Still, I did not watch Russell Crowe's version for another week.

Then one boring Saturday afternoon, while my son laid sick in my bed, I decided to watch the movie ... on my portable DVD player.


The movie's opens with a lovely instrumental ..., while words -- appearing on a parchment type background -- reads,

In times of tyranny and injustice when law oppresses the people, the outlaw takes his place in history.

England at the turn of the 12th century was such a time.


After a brief fading to black my eyes fell upon the moon which seemed to be pushing its way out of the midnight blue sky to join the myriad of stars which shined like tiny, yet, bright diamonds. On the ground the land seemed never ending. The scenery took my breath away.

Soon there were sounds of several varied night creatures. Then a sound of feet running. Soon I saw the back of a young child, running, who seemed male. Suddenly there were several running youths following the first one. Some were on horseback. I began wondering, what is wrong? Soon the name Nottingham appeared onto the screen, and I was in great anticipation as the youths broke open a set of doors, and rushed in.


As the break in was taking place the film directs its attention to a woman alert to what was happening, and rousing the men in her house hold to follow her as she leaves her home and go just outside her gates to run the young boys off ....


Once again there is a fading to black. Again the beautiful ... music pipes in as the words -- on parchment ... background -- says,

King Richard the Lion Heart, bankrupt of wealth and glory, is plundering his way back to England after ten years on his Crusade.

In his army is an archer named Robin Longstride.

This is the story of his return home where, for defending the weak against the strong, he will be condemned to live outside the law.

Those words still do not prepare you for how this movie unfolds.


THEATRICAL RELEASE, AND DIRECTOR'S CUT:

Though I was a reluctant viewer of this movie, I had watched both the theatrical release, and the director's cut. Though I had only watched the director's cut once. I had watched the theatrical release at least three additional times after the first viewing. Each time I would catch things I had not noticed during the previous viewings.

Still, I did have some unanswered questions from the theatrical viewing answered in the director's cut. Still, they were so minor you may not have any questions.

IN CONCLUSION:

If you were like me, and just did not want to see another version of Robin Hood, well, please watch it. It is so interesting. Get your favorite -- high fat, low fat, or no taste -- snacks and drinks. Sit with your family -- if you can -- and enjoy an entertaining twist on the legendary tale of Robin Hood. You will not regret it.


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N.E. Wright 3 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

I really did enjoy this movie, but I have this thing for Robin Hood tales period. I love the cartoons also. LOL. Thank you so much for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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Spongy0llama 3 years ago from Canada

I'll have to admit that I found this movie terribly boring the first (and last) time I saw it. You make a pretty good case for it though. I guess now I can kind of understand how some people could enjoy it.


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N.E. Wright 4 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello, Tillsontitan,

Thank you so much for your kind words.

Take Care,

N.E.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

It is definitely a good movie and you did a nice job of explaining it and added great photos. The beginning of your hub paints a very vivid picture. Voted up and interesting.


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Bianu 5 years ago from Africa

Nice Hub. Now to go and get the movie


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

Hi N.E.,

Long time no chant. I am watching Robin Hood right now and I immediately thought of your article and I must concurr. Russell Crowe is fine. He is just so adorable.

JT


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Wolfyone 5 years ago from Central Maine

I enjoyed the film very much myself. Having grown up watching old versions of the tale I found this one to really make the characters come to life for me. And of course, there is Russell Crowe, which is never a bad thing!


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Roseann Cole 5 years ago from Midwest USA

I saw this movie and I would have to agree with you that it is really awesome and worth watching again. Russell Crowe is amazing! I want to watch the directors cut. Great description.


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ForestBear 5 years ago

Loved the movie and your hub! Thank you


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Ebower,

This movie was cool. LOL.

Still, I did have to see the director's cut to understand later scenes .... So, you are right seeing it again will give you a better understanding of it in whole.

Thank you so much for your kind comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia

Great description of this movie! I loved it, but I think I would understand it better after I watched it again after you said. I voted this up and useful!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Carol3san,

I hear ya. I really loved this movie.

Ten times huh? LOL.

Well, that would be me when it comes to the God Father movies. LOL. Well, actually I saw them all about twenty times. LOL.

I read the hard cover book about 10 times. LOL. I started when I was sixteen.

Still, I really loved this movie. I truly did not know I would.

Thank you so much for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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carol3san 5 years ago from Hollywood Florida

One of my favorite movies. I think I saw it for about the 10th time a couple of months ago. I'll never get tired of seeing it.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey JT,

LOL.

You are way too funny.

I hope that court was fine for you today.

You know I am not with revenge at all, but people here in New York think her home is going to be picketed and her home will be harassed all the time. Most of us truly cherish children, and to us she is twisted.

I do not know how to feel about her parents or brother. I cannot spend too much time thinking on them, -- they bother me -- but when I see something on them briefly, I just do not know how to feel about any of them. Something is off.

LOL. You know the President's father did not even spend time with him more less send money for him. What a loser. They had to get on food stamps all the time. His father was an educated loser.

I guess you should watch out for Black African men also. LOL. Oh, yeah, the courts will take care of them. LOL. Unless they move back to their country. Yeah, leave them alone. LOL.

I have dated them. I say do not waste your time. LOL. Way too much drama, and bull crap. LOL. Of course there are some great guys, but are you clairvoyant? LOL.

No? Me either. LOL.

On my son, well, I have no problem with the question. My son was diagnosed with boarder line autism when he was about three years old. It was later ruled out, but he does seem to still have problems with going into his own little world when he is playing or talking with someone else.

You could be talking to him and suddenly he is talking to himself. I am no longer scared about it. I just look to get him the help he needs.

You cannot easily move him onto something when his mind is set. Or when he is convinced he is correct. He will cry with a drop of a hat when he does not understand something you are trying to tell him.

His understanding is still way off, but also way improved. LOL. Still, the ADHD with Impulse Tendencies, are terrible without medicine to help somewhat. He seems to have a mixture of everything. LOL.

Yeah, you do have to wait before you write about anything that is going on in courts. You do not want to give them anything against you.

Hum, a Hub on my eye candies. LOL. That probably is not wise. LOL.

You take care Friend,

N.E.


Jt walters 5 years ago

Hi N.E.,

Always a pleasure when I har from you. Iy is the first time I smiled about something else besides my son today.LOL.

It is true stay away form the white boys of Florida they have the poverty seed. Child enforcemnet will not help you but we have plenty of beautiful Italians and Spanirds and Black men. There is still plenty of eye candy down here. Just no white seeds, okay?

Not all of Florida is racist ut alot of it is. Florida is a mixed state for certan. Half of Florida is New York so you have half of a state that pretty much thinks like New Yorkers and the other half the old South. One of my best friends is from Tennesssee. And they have racists tendandcies. And I actually told her she was not going to raise her child racists because it is a point of ignorance and device of government to separate people.. Needess to say whe I labeled racism as stupidity it ended with them. I think some people just can't help it they are raised to believe and conditioned but others of us especially those that hail from New York or parents hail from New York just aren't brought up thining like that. It causes a lot of friction between white people too. I want you to know that although my son is white as Capser. I am tan. Several decades in the sun will change you. I easily pass for Mexican or Latin although I am not. As a matter of fact I always have the Mexicans asking me out as they think I am the "Domestica" for my son. LOL :) I don't mind.

Yeah the drama would be good to write. I bet I would get a high score on the court case and all the legal tricks that are being played against the child and I. But I will wait until this is settled. I have done without the chid support for 11 1/2 years. Time for Daddy to pay. Else all the white seeds have not merit here. LOL :):)

We have a black president you would think he would at least make the white boys pay their child support?

I think the thing about China'c children going hungry is something al New York Mom's say. I heard it when my Mom tried to make me eat beans. I got here. I mailed my uneaten beans to China. The mail box was never the same:) I fugured if they were starving China's children could have my unwanted beans:) Mom never used that line again.

Sorryy to hear about your son on the bus. It is not an uncommon story. If you have the money I recommend a cheap cell telephone so you can get a whole of him at all times. That has happened to my firedns and I always recommend the telephone. The cel is good for emergenies as well. I don't know about New Yrok but in Florida a cell doesnn't have to be activated to ring 911. It has to be charged but not activated.

I think writng is a really benign place to lose yourself. I do as well. Ad yes we all forget to eat but as long as we make certain our childre are feed it is all good.

As for casey Anthony the talk in Florida is how long she will make it. Because the verdict was so unjust they general feeling ehr is that she will not last long on the outside. The sooner they release her the sooner her end. Now I don't agree in vigilantes but they do exist in Florida. Anthony could gett he shive in the prison before she gets out but she will be mrked after she leaves as well. I doubt she has long to live. BUt amazingly Hollywood wants the rights. I would think every producer would refuse to pay for th erights of her story but apparently she is fielding calls from Hollywod.

Wait, she will get hers.

No I don't get to movies although I would love to and I haven't seen The Takers. I am oing to check it out on line. Yous hould probably wirte a hub about it if it is full of eye candy. Given white seed is off limits in Florida, we at least need something to stare at!!! LOL :):)

You take care as well my friend.

JT

PS

I would also be reluctant to write about court because I wouldn't want to put any weapons in anyone's arsonal. You know the rule is don't teach something you can't survive and there are a lot of unsruvivable events going on here. I might get through it but I would want anyone else to be victimized. Sadly, responsible hubber.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Wow JT,

I am so sorry to hear about your mother for one. Two it is sad a man has to be forced to pay for his child, but worse when a state government will not enforce it.

I heard that Florida was pretty racist, and I heard that from a part Hispanic -- and Irish -- man who could totally pass for white. He was our driver last year while we were vacationing in Orlando. He was from New York also, and have been living in Florida for a few years .... I thought he was cool. My sister thought he was crazy. LOL. We all liked him.

He always talked about the things his son requested that he needed to get him. He sent money for him also. Of course that was just his side of the story, but he seemed to really be upset about the fact that he could not see his son daily, because he lived in Orlando, and his son lived with his ex-wife in New York.

Sad -- again -- to hear what you are going through. I just do not know any woman who is not going through drama for lack of support from their former guy.

I get sad when my son says he would like a father. It breaks my heart. I keep pushing on with slight fear, because I had a father who was there for me. He lived with us. I really do not know what he is going through. I just know he wishes he had a dad to play games with him. I also no I do not want to be bothered. LOL. Too much drama.

My son and I were out most of Tuesday taking care of so many different things. The last thing we did was pick up our medicines from the drug store. They keep a TV set on for their customers. My mouth dropped when I saw the first of several Not-Guilty verdicts.

The men had fleeting interest in the verdict, but us women? Well, we were disgusted. We ranged from younger mothers, older mothers -- myself, -- to grandmothers. We were angry, because we knew the things that Tracey Antony did while her daughter was -- so called -- missing did not make sense.

Two weeks ago -- before the ending of school -- my son had an extra day of piano lessons. I went to get him from the school instead of having the bus bring him home. That is what I normally did. This day it did not work out correctly.

When I arrived to the school -- by taxi -- things seemed off. My son was not in his regular spot waiting for me. Still, that happens sometimes so I went upstairs to the main office and he was not there also.

I searched the second and third floors where he should have been and I still could not find him. I got on my cell phone and called the bus company, and they in turned called the bus' matron.

The bus' phone receptionist kept asking the matron when they would be arriving to my home, and I kept trying to inform her that I did not care about arrival time. I cared about his being on the bus safely.

I did not have time in my mine to blame anyone. I just wanted my son safe. Inwardly I was freaking out.

So, yeah, I am with you on this. I am not feeling Tracy Antony at all. Caring mothers think about their children when their kids are not around. We plan things around them. We plan our lives around them. That is what we all should do.

Her daughter is missing for over 30 days and she goes to parties? OMG. The girl is twisted. I think she got away with murder. Oh, yeah, I heard she actually wants to have another child. OMG. Please no.

I have way too much to say on this. LOL.

I stood in my pharmacy -- I am not supposed to stand too long. LOL. -- watching the verdict in disbelief.

Well, we have to stick up for our children or who will? LOL.

My son is well mannered, but ADHD with impulse-tendencies boy. LOL. That is a mouth full, and it is him. He is pretty bright also, but it was not so easy to teach him in ....

Still, he needs help right? Well, not according to the dept. of education. I had to fight for over six months, and actually make a complaint against the head of the department who kept telling me that nothing was wrong with my son.

So for six months he was out of school, because he could not be placed in school, because he was not toilet trained. That was my fault too. They did not get that he could not connect to what was happening to his body.

When we came in to get him evaluated, she greeted him, and he did not respond. I had to tell him to say hi, and then I informed her he does not understand greetings yet. I am still working on it -- at that time -- with him.

Before she and I spoke I gave him my mother's Game-boy -- she loaned it to me to keep him calm -- and the woman finally saw him for who he truly was. A sweet kid with issues. He just did not respond to anyone after he had the game.

He did not smile when smiled at, because he did not understand these things. His speech was pretty horrible back then also, and yet they told me he was fine.

That woman really pissed me off, because she was acting as if I wanted my son to have issues. As if someone asks to work harder for one child than you do for two or three children together with no issues. LOL.

Still, no matter how our day starts -- usually not so good -- when he gets off the bus every day I just smile. I adore him. He is my sweety. LOL.

Writing is great therapy. That is true. I have a bad habit of getting loss in it, but that is just me. LOL.

I remember to have my son eat, drink, and have snacks, but myself, well, not so much. He reminds me that I did not eat. LOL. I have all the foods, drinks, and snacks needed for him, but for myself, well not so much. LOL. It is just funny to me. I prepare his stuff in advance most days. Not my own. LOL.

When we would not finish our dinner my Mother would say, "Children in china have no food. Eat." LOL. We did not know what the hell that meant. LOL. We just knew she was not playing around. LOL. Still, who knew we would now owe China money? That is so not cool.

I really think you should write a Hub on what you are going through with child support. You will be surprised at how many people are going through the same thing as you. Sad, to say, but true.

Now, I think I have learned from you that I should not sleep or get pregnant by white guys if I were to live in Florida. Damn. LOL. They do not have to pay for their children. I get it. LOL. I get it. Damn shame, but I get it.

I am going to check out Hawaii 5.0. LOL. Love looking at good looking men. LOL. Speaking of good looking men, have you seen the movie, The Takers? OMG. I was in eye candy heaven. LOL.

Take Care Friend,

N.E.

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JT,

I am glad everything is cool now.

Talking -- and thinking -- about good looking me always make me smile. LOL.

Oh, yeah, please do write that Hub on feeding special needs children. I really thank you for your advice, because my son had went up a pound in a half, because I am adding more meals and snacks during his day.

Take Care Friend,

N.E.


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

Hi N.E.,

I have it handled now. So let's get back to writing about those hot men from down under!!!

JT

PS

I am working on a hub about feeding children with special needs.


Jt Walters 5 years ago

I didn't know Alex O'Lauglin was an Aussie either. He is Hawaii 50. Check it out. tell me if you can tell he is an Aussie? I was told by one of my followers from Spain. I pick up Europe and South America but I think yu d as well. I think I see your profile on a lot of the pages I post on.

I was screaming today as well but not at Jursic Park but at the Child Support Enforcement peoplr for allowing my son's biological father to postpone court and subsequently postpone his child support payments that are well lets see 11 1/2 years over due. It was such a scene but I am so tired of The Department of Revenue not enforcing White Men Child Support Payments. I look right a black gentlement actually several and I said, "White men in the State of Florida don't have to pay for their children. If I had known I was going to get pregnanT I wouold have slept with a black man. Child Support goes after them!!". The Black men laughed. Everyone was laughing at one point. But it is true Black men are held to a higher accountability in the State of Florida than White men. All the black people laughed. But the Department fo Revenue is all white laz women and they were offend I was friendly to non white people. The South is still so racist despite having a black president. My family is from New York and we don't carry the metaphysical garbage of being racists. My son who is sadly a unfunded unchild supported autistic child doesn't have a racist bone in his body either. This sets everyone off around here. The South still has a long way to come to being as enlightened as the North. Si yes, after 11 1/2 yeasr of no child support I lost it today. But tomorrow I must start over.

For whatever Hubpages requires of me, I can take it. Writing has been my therapy through grief and through this court process. I can laugh about it now with you at how hard court and child support enforcement is but I lack that sense of humor when in the fray.

It seems like all the children are doing with less to pay China. My son went to sleep early on me and woke eary on me which was really hard. I would blame my sleep deprivation on my loud tones in Child Support Enforcenment but I am really beyond that my son's father has yet again duct out on his duties. I should probably write a hub about it but it is too fresh for me and i am still raw about it. I think I will need perspective to be able to write about it with some enlightenment.

You knw I probably wouldn't be so intense but I feel like if I don't stick up for my son no one will. I wouldn't be such a lionnes if there was any justice for children at all in the State of Florida. They let Casey Anthony off today. It is really hard fo rme to believe the woman didn't kill her child. Can you imagine your child missing for 2 months and not reporting it. I couldn't. I worry about my child when I take a shower.

We did enjoy ourselves and I enjoy everyday with my son. I just hate having to go through all of this court stuff right after the death of my Mother. It is hard on both of us.

Chec Hawaii 50 out. I would love to go to Hawaii. I need the vacation and so does my son. Let me know if you can tell Alex O'Laughlin is and Aussie.

I'm sorry you guys missed the fireworks. But if it helps you out I may spontaneously burst from the lack of child support enforcement in the state of Florida. From now on I only sleep with Black men!!!! LOL

Always love hearing from you. Love to yourself and your family from my family.

All MY Best with the Potential for Spontaneous Combustion,

JT


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi JT,

Wow, Hubpages are really getting strict on things now. I do not get cutting people off. I did have some problems with revising my work, and I guess I just was taking too long, and they would not let the revision stand. LOL. Of course I had to make another comment. LOL. Life.

Okay, this is bad, who is Alex O'Lauglin? LOL. I really do not know. Sorry.

Usually -- for the past three years -- my son and I would go on a very lovely -- and very inexpensive -- BBQ Cruise -- for children -- at Pier 41 in Manhattan. Unfortunately they did not have it this year. I was sad. LOL. It gave me something nice to do for my son on the 4th of July.

This year I watched repeats of John Adams. LOL. Yeah, and I enjoyed it. LOL. My son played. LOL. Then later we watched Jurassic Park 2. I screamed like a teeny little girl. It was bad. I enjoyed that too. I think my screams scared my son more than the movie. LOL.

I usually tape the fire works, but not this year. I was trying to find something great to watch on the History Channel -- like The Presidents -- but nothing intrigued me. LOL.

It is weird I did not see the fire works, but I did not seem to miss not seeing them. LOL.

You and your son seemed to have enjoyed yourselves and that is great. My son was cool with playing with his toys, his DSI XL, and watching movies with me. LOL.

You take it easy JT,

N.E.


Jt walters 5 years ago

No Hub on Guy Pearce but Hub on the Australia's Hottest Actor. I didn't mention Guy Pearce because I was getting cut off just doing Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Mel Gibson. You can always add Guy Pearces name to it. Alex O'Lauglin has been added and I didn't even know he was an Aussie.

It seems hubs are only allowed to be just so long. And they have limited space to promote products because of the product to word ratio. I seem unfair to love the Aussie actor without mentioning all their fine work.

Did you see the fireworks on the Hudson? We swicthed bewteen that and the Boston Pops.

Have a great one.

JT


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

JT,

Hope you enjoyed your day yesterday.

Looking forward to reading your Hub on Guy Pearce.

Take Care,

N.E.


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

You and your son as well for the Fourth. You have inspired a hub I will create N.E. Oh Guy Pearce...he is cute as well.

Yes, I am always wild about gorgeous men as well.

Happy Fourth!!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey JT,

You are correct about Pierce Bronson being Irish, but I was talking about Guy Pearce who played with Russell Crowe in L.A. Confidential. He is so good looking.

I loved Mel Gibson is Brave Heart.

Okay, I way too much to say on this subject, but, I am going a little too crazy thinking about these gorgeous men. LOL.

JT, you and your son take care take care.

Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July 2011!

Take Care Friend,

N.E.


Jt Walters 5 years ago

Hi N.E.,

Me too. Those guys are just so good to look at and I loved the late Heath Ledger. He will forever be missed. The best I can tell from Pierce Bronson accent is he is Irish. He rolls his "R". I am actually half English and my grandparents were English that moved here before WWII as combined strategical forces so I am pretty good with discerning accents. I think Pierce Bronson is actually Irish. But I can't say for certain because I am working off his dialect.

But all really such handsome men. I would pay to see any of them anytime. Russel Crowe peeling potatoes would be just fine for me to watch all day. I could watch Hugh Jackman peel potaoes as well as long as his shirt was off. All such handsome men. It is nice to know that the movie industry thinks of us woman once in a while. LOL.

Oh and how could we forget the ultimate Australian...Mel Gibson especially in the movie The Year of Living Dangerously with Sigorney Weaver. He was so hot back them. I know Mel is a Scottsman and that adds the extra sizzle to him but he has to be included with Rusel Crowe and Hugh Jackman.

Praiseworthy work deserves praise so no problem.

You take care s well. Again All My Best,

JT


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey JT,

Okay, Russell Crowe is cute, but -- OMG -- I cannot breath when I think about Hugh Jackman. LOL. It is pathetic, but I am smiling while writing his name and thinking about him. LOL. Talk about a cutie pie.

Oh, yeah, Guy Pearce is Australian also, right? Those men are cute. LOL.

Thanks for your kind praise.

Take Care,

N.E.


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

Hi N.E.,

What is about those boys from Autralia, they are so handsome and rugged! I could watch Russel Crowe peel potatoes and be fascinated. That goes for Hugh Jackman and all of the male actors from down under.

Great Review!!

All My Best,

JT


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Rorshak,

I really did enjoy this movie more than I expected.

I thank you so much for your kind words.

Take Care,

N.E.


rorshak sobchak 5 years ago

Great write up. This is an excellent movie. I enjoyed the pictures that you posted.

rorshak sobchak


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Primpo,

You will not regret it. The movie is really good.

Thanks for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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primpo 5 years ago from Ocean County New Jersey

I love Russell Crowe, I never seen the movie, but I'm at the library and now I'm gonna get it!!!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Dexter,

It is a really entertaining moving. Weird I really did not know there were bad reviews. I probably would not have watched it either. LOL. Glad I did not read them. LOL.

Thanks for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Hi N.E.! I had an opportunity to watch this movie a few days ago and didn't because of the reviews. I should have read your hub first! The next time it comes on I will watch it!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Zduckman,

You are correct. LOL. It did put Kevin Costner's version to shame.

I loved it, -- Costner's version -- but the most creative part was having a Moor as a companion, and an illegitimate half younger brother. LOL. It was cool almost twenty years ago, but not know. LOL.

Crowe's version makes all of that seem like NO BIG DEAL. LOL. This newer version of Robin Hood was just different and interesting from beginning to end.

I hear ya about working on behalf of the underdog. Good luck to ya.

Thank you so much for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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zduckman 5 years ago

Ah ..it was a great movie wasn't it. It put the Kevin Costner version to shame. It motivated me to take action on behalf of the under dog.


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zduckman 5 years ago

Ah ..it was a great movie wasn't it. It put the Kevin Costner version to shame. It motivated me to take action on behalf of the under dog.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Cassie,

I agree about Cate Blanchett. She is a great actress.

I am not a big Russell Crowe fan either. LOL. I realized most people are not real Russell Crowe fans. LOL. That is something. LOL.

Thank you for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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Cassie Ann 5 years ago

Coincidentally, we just rented and watched this movie 2 weeks ago. I did like it and the more I see of Cate Blanchett, the more I like her. I think she is a very talented actress who has played many different roles well.

I would recommend this movie to people even though I am not a huge Russell Crowe fan.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Alexander,

I hear ya, most people think the warrior woman thing is tired.

Being a woman it is nice seeing a woman not being a victim, and wanting to do things to help herself, and protect all on her land. I guess I keeping thinking about Queen Boadicea, England's first warrior Queen. That was -- and is -- a cool story. Better than any fiction. LOL.

A cousin of mine had problems with the battle scenes also. It reminded him of the Normandy scene from Saving Private Ryan. I do not mess with brilliant Science Majors. LOL. I just nod and say, "Interesting." LOL.

The director's cut just kind of cleared up the presence of the orphaned kids in a later scene .... Most directors' cuts are total vanity piece. LOL. I was shocked there was something that made sense .... LOL.

I thank you so much for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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Alexander Mark 5 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

It was a very well done movie but lost its way at the end with the battle scene. The whole woman warrior thing just gets old as it is in every single movie about medieval times. But it was a great new take on an old story I agree. I didn't realize the director's cut revealed so much, I'll have to see that.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Kittythedreamer,

It seems most people -- including me -- are with you on not being a big fan of Russell Crowe. LOL.

Still, most of them -- again, including me, LOL -- loved this film.

Thank you so much for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

i'm not a huge robin crowe fan but i love this movie, good hub and voted up!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey, I checked out the forum, and it looks like his numbers are going back up. LOL.

I really do not know what to think. I really do not want you to go back to number one, because you really worked hard on your Hub. What are you doing wrong? Following people? Are they serious. We are here to be read, and to read others work. LOL.

Still, I was use to the number one, and I was not caring and then I was shocked to see the number 4. Now I am number twelve. LOL.

Hey, have you written anymore to your Hub? I could use a good laugh? LOL.

Sorry, if I sound dull in my words. LOL. I have a headache coming.

Talk to you soon.

N.E.


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Five One Cows 5 years ago from Moo Town

Hey N.E. check this link out - http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/71345 I think it's just what we've been talking about. And I really do want to stay at #1. I really like being #1. :)


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Five One Cows, your story is going to get you to the very high 90s. LOL. Seriously.

Oh, no number two? LOL. That is so not cool, because they are going to keep him at number one for way too long. Just as we were. LOL.

Take care,

N.E.


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Five One Cows 5 years ago from Moo Town

I'd rather just stay at #1, that way at least I'm still eligible for that cool E-Dragon accolade. Besides keep an eye on do nothing freakyevil, he's back at #2. LoL


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Five One Cows,

OMG. LOL.

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Sharing The Sky,

Yeah, one of my -- very young. LOL. -- cousins did not like it. LOL.

Russell Crowe, and Cate Blanchett are really great in this version.

Hope you enjoy it once you do view it.

Take Care,

N.E.


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sharing the sky 5 years ago from United States

I had heard different things about this movie but nothing deters me from great actors and I happen to appreciate Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. I haven't seen the film yet but it's moved up my list of "TO WATCH". Thanks.


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Five One Cows 5 years ago from Moo Town

But freakyevil hit #4, lol


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello TeaPartyCrasher,

I hope they have it in your ... library.

You know, I never read a review on it. LOL. That is weird.

Thanks for your comment.

Take Care,

N.E.

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Hi Forkhyun,

I am happy you enjoyed this movie also.

Thanks for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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forkhyun 5 years ago from Korea, Canada

I quite enjoyed this movie! love it!


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TeaPartyCrasher 5 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

I have yet to see this, I may see if it's available in my local library.

But from the previews, I did find it intereresting that this version made Robin out to be more of an insurgent than a mere bandit.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Smcopywrite,

You know, I think you are correct about Russell Crowes appeal is more in the middle ages or even the 20th Century. LOL. I am thinking about, "A Beautiful Mind". He was great in that movie.

I just keep turning from everything else that deals with the 2000s with him in it. LOL. The films look great, but I just keep turning. I don't get it. LOL.

Thanks for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.

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Hi Harlan,

First, love your name. LOL. It is so cool.

I am happy to be your fan also.

Thanks for your kind comments.

Take Care,

N.E.

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Hey Tom,

Nice hearing from ya!

I appreciate the read, and the cool comments.

I have to force myself to watch movies so I know what you mean. LOL.

Everything is fine with me this week .... LOL. My son is all well now, and so am I -- for now. LOL.

Please Take Care of Yourself.

N.E.


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justom 5 years ago from 41042

Hi N.E., just thought I'd let you know I did read your hub and it's probably spot on but I can't remember the last movie I watched. My own son even laughs at me (he's the complete opposite, sees everything). Hope all's well with you. Peace!! Tom


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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

I enjoyed the movie a lot myself. I agree on this one!

Nice work too. Happy to be your fan!

- Harlan


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smcopywrite 5 years ago from all over the web

i enjoyed the flick also. i believe russel crowe does much better in dark ages films than more modern day genre. he seems out of place in new films. he seems right a home in any move that has a setting before 1500.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Randslam,

I love this movie was really great.

I have noticed so many people love that quote, "Rise and rise again, until lambs become lions."

I really do love this retelling better than any other. You are correct it just seems more realistic.

I hate to say this, but the real Loxley seemed like a sycophant to me. LOL. That was the only word which kept coming to mind. He did not seem weak, but when it came to the King he was sickening. I was a bit ashamed. LOL.

Thank you so much for your kind words, and your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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randslam 5 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

Hello, N.E., and I loved this movie too. I watched it a couple of weeks ago and haven't quit reciting, "Rise and rise again, until lambs become lions."

It is a wonderful point in the film when one realizes that Robin, as a child, is that lamb--and through blood, sweat, toil and tears he has become a lion.

The anti-hero villain is being played out much more in modern literature, and this version of the Hood tale is far more believable than the romantic tellings of yore.

Thanks for the great review, and thanks for dropping by on my profile. Anti-heroes are the best protagonists.

Cheers.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Wendy,

I am telling you, I loved this movie too. LOL.

Thanks for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.

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Hi Lynnechandler,

Thanks for the kind words.

Again, loved this movie too. LOL.

Take Care,

N.E.


lynnechandler 5 years ago

Good job! I loved this movie, you did a great job.


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Wendy Krick 5 years ago from Maryland

I loved this movie!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Charmgirl,

I hear ya. It's life.

I am still trying to get over the fact that you visited Sherwood Forest. Wow, that is cool.

Hey different opinions make the world go round. LOL.

Thanks for sharing.

Take Care,

N.E.

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Hi Rieom,

That is why I wrote this.

When I first heard they were doing another Robin Hood movie I thought, Are you kidding me? LOL.

I believe you will enjoy it.

Thanks for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


rieom 5 years ago

I did not want to watch this movie for the same reasons your stated. Now I will watch it thanks to your review.


charmgirl 5 years ago

Interesting Hub but I'm sorry to say the Russell Crowe version did nothing for me. Coming from England and actually having visited Sherwood Forest I really got a feel of the legend and I prefer to leave it in the original format. I'm sure that a lot of people will feel differently though.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi B. Malin,

It has been a while. Really nice to hear from ya.

Hum, interesting. I do not think I am a big fan of Russell Crowe's either. He really is a talented actor, but I have been passing any channel on cable which had any of his movies I have never seen before for over two months now. LOL.

I never thought about that before until you mention not being a big fan of his. Wow, how sad is that. LOL. I just found out about a part of myself right this second on the Hubpages. Geez. LOL.

I love the epics .... His epics are something to behold. I always loved the Gladiator and Robin Hood tales since I was a child so that must be it also. LOL.

Still, I really enjoyed the movie, and Russell Crowe is an extremely talented actor.

Thank you so much for your comments.

I hope you enjoy the movie.

Take Care,

N.E.

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Hi SubRon7,

Thank you for your praise.

Sad to say, but I did not realize I am not a big Russell Crowe fan .... I do not dislike him for a minute, but I pass his movies by every day on cable .... LOL.

Denzel ... I've been watching since his first film, Carbon Copy in 1980. Jodie is talented as hell. I love watching her in action.

Oh, man, I have grown up watching Robin Hood movies with my siblings and parents. Errol Flynn.

You might want to try out Kevin Costner's version. It really is entertaining to say the least. Still he has a bad habit of going in and out of his English accent. Morgan Freeman keeps his Arabic accent throughout the film. He is great in the movie.

I thank you for your comments, and I hope you do enjoy the movie ....

Take Care,

N.E.

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Hello Island Voice,

I bet it was a better watch on the big -- movie -- screen.

You are correct. This version is so interesting. The great thing is Crowe and Blanchett are extremely talented.

The movie is on cable now, and I taped it on my DVR just to see it again when I find the time. It is so not a waste of time. LOL.

Thanks for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.

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Hey Alastar,

Thank you so much on your kind words.

I hope you enjoy it once you receive it.

Take Care,

N.E.

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Hello Gajanis786,

Thanks for your wonderful praises.

Enjoy the movie ....

Take Care,

N.E.

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Hi Marcella,

I hope you enjoy it when you see it.

Thanks for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.

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Hey LadyWordSmith,

I agree with you -- of course. LOL. -- about this film. Oh, and you are also correct about Kevin Costner's -- faded in and out -- English accent. LOL. I think Christian Slater is talented, but he did not even try to do an ... accent. I hate lazy. LOL.

For example, I really did try to watch Tom Cruise in Valkyrie, but really, no German accent? Are you kidding me? So, I hear ya. LOL.

Wow, thanks for some of the details on Robin Hood.

I did know something about Loxley being a knight, and his father being rich and owned lots of land ....

My father told me about that when I was a teenager. I am sure he told me more, but again I was a teenager. LOL. I so did not listen to my parents when they started stepping into the teaching thing .... LOL.

You have my curiosity roused now though .... I am going to find out more. Thanks. I just cannot tell my Dad. LOL. He thinks I already know this stuff. LOL. I know, I know. I am a baad daughter. LOL.

Thank you so much for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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DexisView 5 years ago from New England

I love tales of old and can't wait to see this version. Thanks for the review.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi N.E. Wright, I have not see it yet but I'm sure it is very awesome !


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Well I love the cover, hmm, I think I would like to see this, thanks for sharing NEW


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Lady Wordsmith 5 years ago from Lancaster, UK

I loved this film N.E. The twist on the old tale was lovely, and it didn't take anything away from any of the Robin Hood legends that I've heard of. Incidentally, have you looked up anything about Robin Hood? The stories are very interesting, and there are theories that suggest that there were many more than just one person claiming to be Robin Hood, and that in fact 'Robin Hood' became the name for many such outlaws who may have earned a reputation for robbing from the rich to give to the poor. Accounts of Robin Hood range from as early as the 11th century (I think, it's a long time since I've looked this stuff up!) up until the 14th. (I just looked it up on Wikipedia, and that doesn't have so much information on him.)

Anyway, nice hub. I loved this film and will watch it lots more :) I even thought of getting a tattoo saying 'Rise and rise again, Until lambs become lions'!

I did also love the Kevin Costner version - but I was always a little narked that he, and Christian Slater didn't bother to learn English accents!!

Linda.


Marcella Glenn 5 years ago from PA

Your inspires me to watch it.


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gajanis786 5 years ago

Excellent and motivating review....let me schedule to watch it sooner.Thanks.


alastar packer 5 years ago

Well N.E.Wright, after reading this am sold too on watching it.Great break-down on the movie!


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IslandVoice 5 years ago from Hawaii

I watched this on the big screen and enjoyed it very much. I have seen most Robin Hood movies, and i thought this was quite an interesting, and 'believable' version. The fact that it starred two of my favorite stars, Crowe and Blanchet made it even more worthwhile. I would see it again via Netflix one of these days.


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SubRon7 5 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Good hub, N.E.Wright. I like anything with Russell Crowe, Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, to name a few. Actually I haven't watched "any" of the Robin Hood films, but this one I might try to get. Thanks for the review.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

Hey Girlfriend, long time...Interesting Hub on Robin Hood...I'm not a big Fan of Russell Crowe, but now that I've read your Hub Review, I'll take the video out from the Library! Thanks for sharing and bring this one to us.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Hyphenbird,

It was great.

I love your term, "almost hero". It is befitting for someone who stole from the rich to give to the poor. LOL.

I hope you enjoy the movie.

Thank you so much for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.

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Hello Rpalulis,

It is a great watch.

Thank you so much for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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rpalulis 5 years ago from NY

Thanks for the review, I have not seen this one yet, but can't wait!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

It does sound good and I love an old fashioned almost hero. I will watch it. Thanks for the review.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Christopheranton,

Crowe and Blanchett are truly great in this film.

You will not regret watching this retelling of the same old tale.

Thank you for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.

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Hello TheOneWhoKnows,

I am glad you ordered it. You will not regret it.

Take Care,

N.E.


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TheOneWhoKnows 5 years ago from Croatia

Nice, I just ordered a DVD copy, it's coming tomorrow, can't wait.


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

It certainly seems like an interesting take on an old story, and both Russel Crowe, and Kate Blanchett are usually in good films, so I might try to see that.

Thanks for an interesting article.

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