Friday, December 18, 2009

Don't Screw This Up

I'm a big fan of most big heroic legends. King Arthur, Beuwolf, and Robin Hood all have a lot of stories I enjoy. Robin Hood probably most of all. When it gets right down to it, if it weren't for a couple strongly held moral convictions I'd probably be robber of some sort.

So I got a little excited when I ran across this, thanks to my buddy Jason.

This could be really cool. I don't want to watch movies about sissy vampires, I don't want to watch movies about about people using the power of interpretive dance to prevent violence and rise above their humble beginnings. I want to see good guys and bad guys. I don't want the bad guys to be pushovers. I want them to be worthy opponents. I want heroes to do big things. Sometimes, that can come across as cheesy, but we're talking Robin friggin' Hood here. Robin Hood can do big things without being stupid.

As I have mentioned previously, I enjoyed Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Costner was in the middle of a Bull Durham/Dances With Wolves/The Untouchables hot streak the likes of which has seldom been seen. This movie let him play to his talents. He portrays an idealist without turning it into some sort of sappy girly-man. It's what he was born to do, the same way God created Woody Harrelson to play a zombie hunter. To me, a large part of the Robin Hood appeal is in sticking with ideals, staying true to your beliefs instead of falling to the lowest common denominator of your surroundings. That is what Prince of Thieves brings to the table.

Crowe can do a lot of things, and one of his best tricks is driven perseverance. That's another appeal of the Robin Hood legend. Of any heroic legend really. This movie may or may not live up to my expectation, but I'm looking forward to seeing it.


  1. Thanks for the heads up on that one. I'll definitely be waiting.

    I'm with you about the values, the good guys doing good things without giving up morals.

    Looks like it should be an interesting film.
    Might even have to watch Costner's version again, you got me thinking

  2. I'm completely stoked for Gladiator Part II: Gladitor in the Woods. Saw the preview when I went to see Avatar, and the hopefull future wifemate was like...Oh just go have fun. I have yet to be dissapointed with either of the Scotts. It seems that one likes to do movies with Denzel running around in an Aloha shirt shooting up people, the other likes Russle Crowe hacking up people. Either way, always a win.

  3. I like, Denzel running around in aloha shirts shooting people, as well as Crowe hacking people. Those are winning formulas. I always like Selleck running aroun din aloha shirts shooting people too, though