“Robin Hood” starring Russell Crowe in theatres this Friday (5/14)

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Looking for a movie to see this weekend? “Robin Hood,” one of this summer’s early action picks, comes out this Friday. It promises to be an exciting, action-packed flick, with war, corruption and medieval weapons. It runs 140 minutes, and is directed by Ridley Scott, who also directed action and crime favorites such as “Gladiator” and “American Gangster.” Stars of in the movie include Oscar winners Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett as Robin Longstride and Lady Marion. The film is rated PG-13 for violence and some sexual content.

This version of the “Robin Hood” of folklore follows one Robin Longstride, an expert archer and member of King Richard’s army. He is only interested in his own self-preservation from his experiences battling the French. When King Richard dies, he travels to the despondent town of Nottingham. There he falls in love with widow Lady Marion, who doesn’t trust him as an outsider. He forms a gang of skilled mercenaries. At first this is more of an effort to impress Lady Marion, but as the gang starts to correct the injustices of the upper class, it rids Nottingham of the corruption imposed by a despotic sheriff. You can watch the trailer on Youtube here: Robin Hood (2010) Trailer

The legend of Robin Hood has sparked many adaptations in book and movie form, so the story is familiar to many. Hopefully this version will have a fresh take on popular story. This film opens worldwide tomorrow May 14.

Which version of “Robin Hood” is your favorite? What did you think of this one? Feel free to share in the comments below!

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