Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: Robin Hood

Welcome to a new weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

Robin Hood – Opening May 14, 2010

This trailer has been circulating for a while now and I probably saw it several times, but since its release date is only a week and a half away, I’m now beginning to get fairly excited about it. This is a movie that in theory should be really good, but the potential possibilities for failure are high because of many pale imitations that have been released in recent years. The important factor to remember here is that director Ridley Scott, and his star Russell Crowe, made one of the original good ones – 2000’s Oscar winner for Best Picture, “Gladiator.” In many ways, this is a less grandstanding story, but it’s also a portrait of a famed outlaw and hero. Re-teaming Crowe with Scott is a great plan, and returning to their period action epic roots is also a relief, considering their recent efforts together – “Body of Lies,” “American Gangster,” and “A Good Year” – were decent but not terrific. Cate Blanchett is an awesome actress who has played action-centric females before in the “Lord of the Rings” movies, and her part here looks fantastic. Casting Mark Strong (“Sherlock Holmes,” “RocknRolla,” “Body of Lies”) as the villain is equally spectacular, and he looks like he’ll be a lot of fun here. This seems to be more of the Robin Hood origin story, referring to its hero as “Robin of the Hood,” and that should be a fun tale to tell. This trailer reminds me a lot of the Clive Owen vehicle “King Arthur,” which I enjoyed but no one else did. This one could flop like that one, but much more likely, it will be satisfying and impressively epic. Thoughts?

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