June 13, 2010

DID SHE NOT SEE GLADIATOR?:

Ridley Scott's Robin Hood: Railing against the no-good tax-and-spend Nottingham elite (Karina Longworth, May 11 2010, Village Voice)

The film Scott ended up making is called Robin Hood, the sheriff's role is minimal, and Crowe plays only the title character, whose ability to mobilize commoners with empty, anti-government rhetoric equating taxation with slavery is posited as a virtue. It is an old-fashioned adventure epic produced with state-of-the-art cosmetics, lined with mild romantic farce, and weighed down by overly simplistic, quasi-populist dialogue. Instead of robbing from the rich to give to the poor, this Robin Hood preaches about "liberty" and the rights of the individual as he wanders a countryside populated chiefly by Englishpersons bled dry by government greed. Conservatives will never again be able to complain that Hollywood ignores their interests, but the driving agenda behind the Nottingham makeover was most likely economic: Robin Hood is, above all, a boilerplate origin story, finely engineered to set up a franchise.

Pity the poor Left, which had fooled themselves into believing it's a story about economic redistribution.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 13, 2010 7:44 AM
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