Thursday, 4 November 2010

Medieval Monday on Thursday: I Finally Saw Robin Hood!!!

A new theater opened up and spent their first week showing old movies for a $2 donation to cancer. And the most recent Robin Hood was one of them!! Here is what I took away from it:

All Robin Hood movies MUST feature the Bayeux Tapestry.


To: Engand
Re: King John


To: King John
Hate you.
Hate the French more.
Love, Your Not-So-Loyal-Subjects


Dear Hollywood,
Do you think that maybe, once upon a time in the future, I could possibly, maybe, you know, NOT die at the end of the movie?
Thanks, Mark Strong

P.S. If not, then you really need to arrange for A. Rickman and I to wear poufy shirts and be epically evil together for two and a half hours.


Seriously though, I thought the movie was brilliant. I really liked the reinterpretation of it. As Katie and I discussed, the heroes are always portrayed as some hot young couple. If Robin spent at least 10 years on crusade, which he always does, then he's at least going on 30, not 23. I thoroughly enjoyed the way the women were portrayed - as people who had to run the manor when the men were away at war (which they always were), not the frail embroiderers that people seem to think they were. Cate is gorgeous. The costuming was gorgeous. I can't wait for the next installment!

I was just thinking earlier about sitting in a tiny little crowded bookstore in the back end of a barn in Oxfordshire, sipping tea on a November evening. It was full of publishers' remainders and the libraries of retired medievalists. I would love to go back there and spend a few hours surrounded by history and debating which of it I most wanted to take home.

May I go back to England now, please?

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