This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands,-- This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. ~~William Shakespeare, Richard III

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Yay for Robins!!

Or...I'm really looking forward to the new Robin Hood movie starring Russell Crowe. It opens on May 14th and my hubby has said he wouldn't mind seeing it. Yay! I don't have to go by myself!

There have been so many versions of this legend (and legend it is, though there probably is some basis for it in the lives of real people) and so many of them have landed on the big screen. There is a BBC TV series about it as well.

Who can forget the oh-so-manly green outfit of Errol Flynn?

Why, yes, it is a lovely shade of kelly green; makes me feel manly. I can give you the number of my dyer.

My personal favorite (really, it is) is the Kevin Costner version which came out in 1991. Yes, cheesy acting (though I do so love Alan Rickman) and an almost equally cheesy plot but I still loved it. The scenery was beautiful.

As a matter of fact I do use Garnier Fructis.

This newest version, starring Russell Crowe as a much more realistic Robin and Cate Blanchette as a very warrior like Marion, is going to give viewers a (supposedly) much more realistic look at the way life was in the 1200s - gritty, dirty, and violent. I am really looking forward to this, especially since I have read so much about this time period (via Sharon Kay Penman's wonderful Here Be Dragons and Elizabeth Chadwick's novels about William Marshal). I am sure there are going to be issues with historical inaccuracies but is Hollywood. Would we expect them to actually portray something correctly? :) vewry, vewry qwiet...I'm hunting wabbits.


  1. I'm looking forward to seeing this as well - hubby's going too! We really liked the BBC's Robin Hood series (got all three seasons from the library). Last night on The History Channel there was a 2 hour documentary on Robin Hood - I only saw part of it but what I did see looked interesting.

  2. Oh darn! I completely forgot that was on the History Channel last night. Hopefully I can catch it on a rerun!

  3. Oh I missed that History Channel event too - I was looking forward to it. I am planning on going to see the movie - boyfriend will go with me begrudgingly. We will see if it lives up to my expectations - I'm hoping it doesn't turn out to be something like a Gladiator part 2.