This movie is quite awful really. Russell Crowe is waay too old to be playing Robin Hood - Before the Legend Begins - and, seriously, how can it be Before the Legend Begins, if Little John, Friar Tuck and the other Merry Men are already in THIS movie? Please - the legend, as originally written anyway, gets completely mangled here.
In this film, MAID Marian turns out to be a married woman - turned widow - and is played by Cate Blanchette as a haughty, brittle character. The supposed love relationship between her and Crowe's character is weak at best and never approaches anything sizzling with either passion or romance.
Then Cate Blanchette's character commits a major faux pas when she runs to Robin to say King Richard's men have stolen what she calls her family estate's CORN grain so they will have nothing to plant. Crowe's character and the Merry Men gallantly go after the marauders and take back the grain, but after they plant it, what comes up in the fields is WHEAT.
Is Hollywood so ignorant that it doesn't know the difference between corn and wheat or does it just think that none of the movie viewers will know the difference? Unbelievable!!
(Let's not even ponder whether people in 12th century England would have ever actually planted corn for food ...)***
And last, but of course, not at all least, is ... What in the world was that whole D-Day invasion reenactment scene?!? Huh? Outside of the filmmaker's use of excellent natural scenery, photography, period sets (excepting the D-Day invasion scene) and costumes, this movie is such a complete departure from the well-known and beloved legend of Robin Hood in so many ways, in the end it is simply ... a tragedy.
Staying home and snuggling up with your children to read the originally written story of Robin Hood and his Merry Men would be time and money much better spent!
*** BTW, I am not a farmer (nor do I play one on TV ;-> ), do not live in the country and do not have a degree in agriculture - it just seems these things should be common sense - but who has that anymore? Clearly not Hollywood!