Posted by Tyler Hanley, online editor of Palo Alto Online, on Jan 10, 2011 at 12:11 pm Tyler Hanley is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
That film split viewers quite a bit this year. I saw more than a hundred films in 2010 (none while "drunk or high," thank you very much), and in my opinion "Robin Hood" was one of the year's best. Again, a review is inherently opinion, and your opinion of what constitutes "one of the worst of the year" obviously differs from mine. Here is what some national critics said about the film:
"Instead of the usual romantic adventure, Scott and screenwriter Brian Helgeland offer a gritty drama, using the Robin Hood story to depict the birth pangs of liberty. They ground the film in the details of medieval life." -- Mick LaSalle, SF Chronicle
"Robin Hood is head and shoulders above the sort of lightheaded epics Hollywood typically offers during the summer season." -- Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"What this Robin Hood lacks in fun it makes up for in epic sweep." -- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Robin Hood is a high-tech and well made violent action picture using the name of Robin Hood for no better reason than that it's an established brand not protected by copyright." -- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It doesn't breathe new life into a genre as did Gladiator, Scott's first pairing with Russell Crowe, but it's a brawny reimagining of a beloved old myth, a period popcorn movie turned out with professionalism and gusto." -- Ty Burr, Boston Globe
Dave: Please feel free to use this space to tell Town Square readers what you consider to be the top 10 films of 2010. We know what your worst is -- what are your best?
Posted by Agree with Tyler, a resident of the Meadow Park neighborhood, on Jan 11, 2011 at 5:50 am
Tyler, I was surprised to see Robin Hood as one of your top, along with Toy Story 3. I agree with you. Having movies such as these, which deliver a GOOD story line without vulgarity and gore, in a more 'old fashioned' tradition of good acting and good writing ( yes, cartoons can 'act') is heartening.
I tend to stay away from most movies now, frankly, because of the strong tendency to "push the envelope" in both gore, violence and language in place of a finely tuned written piece, taut direction and good acting a la the Hepburn ( Katherine) movies, but these 2 win top 10 for me also.
Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jan 11, 2011 at 8:18 am
I do agree that Robin Hood was a good film. Unfortunately it was called Robin Hood, but I see very little that followed the Robin Hood legend. Saying this, it was a wonderful prequel for a real Robin Hood film. I would love to see the sequel where Robin Hood continues his outlaw life which started at the end of this movie. Perhaps a few Oscar nominations and good reviews will make this happen.
Posted by bert klein, a resident of another community, on Feb 13, 2011 at 8:07 pm
Hi Tyler,Your list is right on the money!
We just released a feature documentary that is being distributed on dvd by Indiepixfilms on the life of David Klein-the forgotten founder of Jelly Belly jelly beans...Its an amazing true story that has to be seen to be believed...It is the Social Network with candy...we were just written up in USA Today...we'd love for you to review the film...This film really is truly inspirational for anyone who has had major ups and downs in life. It is directed by Costa Botes(Forgotten Silver).
Web Link communities/popcandy/post/ 2011/02/candyman-spills-the- beans-on-an-inventors-life/1
Candyman the David Klein Story is directed by Costa Botes(Forgotten Silver) and exec produced by Eddie Schmidt(This film is not yet rated)