The story is set in England in the year 1199. The scenes are dark visually and emotionally. The audience does not get the feeling they want to cheer the hero as in prior films. Russell Crowe is a fine actor but we felt he was playing the Gladiator in a new costume. Maid Marion is a Thirteen Century woman’s libber.
The film was anything but uplifting. Too dark a story and too dark visually. I rated the film 3 1/2 out of 5 for an action film. An interesting thing, I checked the critics on several sites. The critics liked it better than the viewers.
Bruce Kantor owns Kantor & Associates in Matthews, NC.