Ridley Scott's Robin Hood gallops through Cannes with mixed results
The sun was back in Cannes on Wednesday, as bleary-eyed journalists queued for an advance press screening of Ridley Scott's out-of-competition opener Robin Hood. The end result turned out to be neither a disappointment nor a surprise.
Known for sumptuously mounted action flicks filmed in an intense, kinetic style, Ridley Scott opens this year's Cannes Film Festival with the out-of-competition film Robin Hood, an original story for the legendary figure previously played by Errol Flynn, Kevin Costner, and a Disney-animated fox, and featured in a Mel Brooks spoof.
Still, much of the movie carries a strong whiff of familiarity: the lavish period detail, stirring pre-warfare pep talks, and dialogue laden with references to honour and glory. It's run-of-the-mill stuff that in less sure hands might have seen Robin Hood slip into parody. Instead, Scott gives the proceedings an air of sombre importance, resulting in a film that - for all its galloping horses and swiftly paced action scenes - feels strangely laboured and lacking in the pleasure that even the darkest adventure can provide.
France24.com: If you had to pick one word to describe your character in Robin Hood, what would it be?
Lea Seydoux: Ambitious!
F24: What is Ridley Scott like as a director?
LS: He's very attentive. Before shooting a scene, he takes the actor aside to discuss the scene, the subtext, and the result is a way of directing that's very subtle.
F24: What was it like to go from working with Christophe Honoré to working with Ridley Scott, and does it mark the beginning of your Hollywood career?
LS: I don't know yet if it's the beginning of a Hollywood career [she knocks on a wooden table for luck]. Christophe Honoré and Ridley Scott are very different directors, but acting is acting, whether it's in a big-budget film or a more intimate 'auteur' film. Obviously their approaches to directing are very different, in terms of their style and their stories. But I like both of them equally. As an actress, it's a privilege to be able to work with them. Both are really great. They're important directors in film today.