Monday, May 24, 2010

Robin Hood Rant

We saw Robin Hood over the weekend, and while it had its redeeming qualities, I wasn't a fan overall.  But this isn't a movie review, this is a personal observation on a decision that the producers/scriptwriters made that irked me ever-so-slightly.

**SPOILER ALERT, please stop reading now if you don't want to know anything about the movie**

So towards the end of the movie, Robin Hood and all his homies prepare for this big battle scene where they meet the french at the coast.  They are dividing up the troops and one of the leaders takes off their helmet and we see that the person is Maid Marian all suited up and ready to fight with the boys.

Okay, love this.  It was an unexpected twist and brought an interesting layer to an otherwise fairly uninteresting movie.  I don't think I have particularly feminist views in life, but anytime a girl suits up to go kick ass with the boys... I'm all for it.  But here's where they went wrong:

They are all fighting and it's getting to the point where it's apparent that they are kicking some french booty when Marian looks up and sees the "bad guy" by himself and vulnerable for attack.  So she goes after him.  I can't really remember, but I'm sure it was probably oh-so-dramatic, in slow mo, with eye of the tiger playing in the background, etc.  Well, she's not so great with her aim and not only misses the bad guy, but also gets knocked her off her horse and the bad guy starts beating the snot out of her.  And what happens next?  Freaking Robin Hood comes to rescue her.  I mean, come on.

Ugh.  At the point that you let the girl out of the ivory tower and get her hands a little dirty, you should at least let her have a shot at the bad guy without having to go all damsel-in-distress like every. single. other. movie.

Anyways, rant over.  I was proud of the producers for going there, but felt somewhat cheated when they didn't follow through on it.  C'est la vie.  

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