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Crowe's Robin / BP Hoods

Monday, May. 17, 2010 3:35 AM

Managed to catch the Russell Crowe/Cate Blanchett version of Robin Hood, and I enjoyed it. Not so much the public in general, as Iron Man 2 held onto the top box office slot for a second weekend.

If you're expecting light-hearted swashbuckling fare and the whole Errol Flynn thing, you're going to be disappointed. There's much more meat on the bones of this script, a somewhat more somber treatment of who Robin is, and the path he travels prior to becoming the legendary outlaw. (Equally pleasing was the fact that they didn't try to remake Marian into Xena: Warrior Princess nor reduce her to some simpering fluff pining for Robin.)

The geniuses at BP are claiming success in inserting a 6-inch pipe into a 21-inch hole to stem the 210,000 (minimum) gout of oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico every day.

That's not sealed, that's not fixed, that's not jolly-good-onto-the-next-bit-of-distraction.

That's a soda straw sucking at Niagra Falls.

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