‘Robin Hood’ to open Cannes

Posted by · 1:50 am · March 26th, 2010

More of a handy PR opportunity than an actual festival honor, Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood” has secured the opening night slot at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival on May 12, two days ahead of its US and UK release date.

Like last year’s Cannes opener, “Up,” the film will premiere out of competition, affording it the lustre, but not the critical pressure, of a festival berth. That said, the slot is no guarantee of prestige — in 2006, Cannes programmers were taken to task when Ron Howard’s widely derided “The Da Vinci Code” was selected to open the fest. Here’s hoping Scott fares a little better.

“Up,” of course, broke something of a curse attached to Cannes’s opening night, which in recent years has showcased disappointments more often than not — in the years when festival directors haven’t courted blockbusters, the slot has housed in-competition flops like “Blindness” and “My Blueberry Nights.”

I can’t see “Robin Hood” lending the fest the same hip cache that last year’s Pixar pic did, making it something of a conservative choice. But who cares — let’s get to the competition titles already.

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  • 1 3-26-2010 at 5:40 am

    Michael said...

    Despite Ridley Scott being a really good director (when he chooses good films to make) and a really strong cast, I can’t help but feel like this is just one of those lightweight enjoyable summer action blockbusters that will already be forgotten by the end of summer after more glitzy and exciting (and equally lightweight) blockbusters have come out after it. I could be wrong though, but this whole thing just looks like a slightly less cheesy version of the Kevin Costner film.

    Sorta disappointing choice for a Cannes opening film, I hope this doesn’t set the pace of what to expect from this year’s festival lineup. When are the films going to be announced anyway? It seems like it should be pretty damn soon…

  • 2 3-26-2010 at 7:03 am

    Jim T said...

    I usually try to think positively but I really don’t see how this film can be any good. I mean, it’s not like Scott believes Gladiator was what I believe it was. He thinks that film was a success (quality-wise) and he has probably applied that same formula here.

  • 3 3-26-2010 at 7:21 am

    ninja said...

    I hope Iron Man 2 squashes RH which looks extremly generic, boring, not at all like RH (this is Maximus several centuries later) and stars are so old .Why is Blanchett, a fine looking 40something lady, but obviously 40something, not a month younger, playing Maid Marion? Doesn`t Maid stand for maiden not old maid?

    RH looks boring and like an Oscar wannabe blockbuster with the emphasis on wannabe. Gladiator was fun.Tigers, younger Russell`s arena antics. This ain`t Gladiator. I don`t see it breaking even domestically ($200 mio budget sans marketing) or getting stellar reviews. They`ll fawn over Blanchett who was terrible as a warrior queen Elsiabeth in Golden Age (yet got a nomination) so I don`t expect that warrior Marion (such a wrong concept!) will be much different.

  • 4 3-26-2010 at 7:43 am

    moviefan said...

    I don’t know who started the $200m rumor but it’s not true. Before and during filming it was always reported as $130m-$150m and Ridley Scott is known for coming in at (or under) budget.

    “I don’t see how the film can be any good” – let me count the ways – Ridley Scott, Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Mark Strong, William Hurt, Danny Huston, Arthur Max, John Mathieson etc etc.

    Granted the first trailer wasn’t stellar but the most recent 2 minute trailer was thrilling. I find it interesting that some people ask ‘why do we need another Robin Hood’ and then turn right around and complain that it isn’t anything like the previous Robin Hoods.

    I agree Iron Man 2 will probably make a bigger splash because it’s big dumb fun, like Transformers or X-Men. Cartoons and comics seem to be ‘the kings of the b.o.’ at this time. I’m pretty sure Robin Hood will also have some fun moments but it’s a completely different type of film and I have faith that Scott, Crowe and company will provide us with a very entertaining 2 1/2 hours.

  • 5 3-26-2010 at 8:06 am

    red_wine said...

    What an appalling choice. Yuck, the movie looks awful and I don’t have the slightest interest in watching it.

    But I wonder why they would choose a title like that. The french critics are extremely disdainful of Hollywood blockbusters like Da Vinci Code and Crystal Skull, Up being a healthy exception when it received very warm reviews from Cannes. Wasn’t Toy Story 3 available? The film is finished and was shown at Showest this year and predictably got great reviews, with every review claiming that the movie continues Pixar’s tear-jerking trend with a weep-fest for the last half hour.

    Guy, last year’s Cannes title Wild Grass now has a domestic trailer in glorious HD up at Apple.

  • 6 3-26-2010 at 9:38 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    “He thinks that film was a success (quality-wise)”

    So do I. Sorry!

  • 7 3-26-2010 at 10:18 am

    brian said...

    Gladiator kicked ass.

  • 8 3-26-2010 at 11:10 am

    Jim T said...

    No problem, Guy :p

  • 9 3-26-2010 at 11:24 am

    AmericanRequiem said...

    ya, gladiator got good reviews, made the most money that year, and won best picture, sorry thats a sucsess

  • 10 3-26-2010 at 12:01 pm

    Jim T said...

    Let me rephrase. I thought Gladiator was nothing special and if Robin Hood is similar, I am not interested.

    But I have to remind you that I said quality-wise which makes money, and even the Oscar, irrelevant. And the reviews were not bad, but not very good either.

  • 11 3-26-2010 at 2:02 pm

    Nigel Bridgeman said...

    I must be the only person who thinks Robin Hood looks fantastic. And why is everyone going on about the age thing? It’s a fictional story (OK, legend). These people didn’t exist. Stop comparing it to previous films.

  • 12 3-26-2010 at 2:53 pm

    Matt King said...

    I think I’m the only person who thought “Blindness” was great. I really liked that movie.

  • 13 3-27-2010 at 8:10 am

    BurmaShave said...

    ” ‘why do we need another Robin Hood’ and then turn right around and complain that it isn’t anything like the previous Robin Hoods. ”

    Damn that’s a good point, and well said.

  • 14 3-27-2010 at 5:03 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Those of you flummoxed by the age issue might want to take a look at Richard Lester’s “Robin and Marian” — this won’t be the first film to age the characters slightly.

  • 15 3-28-2010 at 12:59 pm

    Fitz said...

    The same people complaining about the age of the cast would prefer Channing Tatum and Megan Fox as the leads.