DVD: Robin Hood

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Ridley Scott’s version of ye olde legend has the hefty battle scenes and earthy period colour you’d expect, but Scott seems to think that Robin (Russell Crowe) was a real historical figure, and so he explores in baffling detail the political chicanery which led to one of King Richard’s archers becoming an outlaw, and gives us precious little swashbuckling.

Essentially, it’s a Star Trek/Batman Begins-style prequel which stops just where you’d want it to begin.