Uh-oh! Universal may have made a $225 million boo-boo.
Yesterday, Russell Crowe's newest flick, Robin Hood, hit the Cannes Film Festival. As one of the opening films, the studio was ready to welcome a warm reception from the media and glowing reviews from attendees.
Yeah, not so much, at least not from the press overseas.
While domestically the film will probably do fairly well, across the pond there are those who are majorly pissed. Sources say that members of the French media were simply outraged and almost hostile after seeing how Ridley Scott portrayed their people. Apparently, at best, the French characters could be called "Gallic Keystone Kops."
That's really bad. Only frat boys and homeless people drink Keystone!
Then there was the London press, which not only called the film “horribly long … serious to a fault … a dull movie of the kind that doesn’t pay emotional dividends,” but also took a shot at Russell's acting chops saying, “Playing Robin with all the mumbling machismo he can muster, there are times when watching him is as fun as a visit from the tax inspector."
Ouch! That one's gotta sting!
There is a lot of money riding on this thing, so Universal better hope America steps it up on the flick's opening weekend and that French & English people don't read the papers.
Otherwise someone is in BIG trouble!
Tags: bad reviews, cannes film festival, england, france, ridley scott, robin hood, universal