And we mean that in the best way possible. For starters, 'Gladiator' star Russell Crowe is once again Scott's go-to guy for badassery, here portraying Hood as a reincarnation of sorts of his 'Gladiator' alter-ego, the heroic general Maximus Decimus Meridius. He has the same haircut, the same beard and the same goal: to dethrone a corrupt ruler. And, let's not forget that like Maximus the Merciful, this is one Hood who just says no to tights.
The lack of Robin's signature green butt-hugging pants may be hard for 'Hood' purists to fathom, but it fits with the tone and look of the movie -- which is considerably edgier, bloodier and bleaker than Kevin Costner's 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,' not to mention every other big-screen 'Hood' incarnation before that.
Further harkening to 'Gladiator,' the trailer showcases Hood, like Maximus, gallopping into battle on horseback, sword drawn, face grimacing, dirt flying into the air in slow motion. And it sports that same washed-out look to make viewers feel like they're in the thick of battle and not watching some glossy Hollywood reenactment from afar.
All this considered, we have to ask: If Scott still needs a name for the film, why not call it 'Maximus of Locksley'? That's a film we'd like to -- and it seems will -- see.
|I was indeed -- can't wait to see it.||512 (69.7%)|
|I wasn't at all.||97 (13.2%)|
|It was OK.||126 (17.1%)|