In many ways, one could argue that this film is about self-determination and equality.
Would you recommend this film to someone attempting to understand the culture or event under consideration? Why or why not?
Yes and no. The reason why both answers were selected is because the film can provide an accurate historical backdrop of events and issues that England was wrestling with in the 1200's. Where, many kings and aristocrats would exercise tremendous amounts of influence over the average person. This is significant, because the overall brutality that was faced and the oppression that they would feel (from these regimes), would create a desire in people wanting to control their own destiny. In this aspect, this film would provide a good background of the emotions and violence that was faced by the average person (as they were forced conform to the system or face persecution). This would help an individual to understand the culture and events that were taking place at the time (as it can allow the viewer to see what is happening, from the eyes of the ordinary person during the 1200's).
However, if you are using the film to establish historical accuracy, the various: events and places will not match the actual record. Part of the reason for this, is because the story has been consistently retold over 900 years. As a result, the names, events and places could be vastly different in comparison with what actually happened. A good example of this can be seen with signing of the Magna Carta in 1215. This document would eventually help establish the modern day democracy in Great Britain. Yet, the struggle was hard fought, as it would be another 100 years until it was implemented. At the same time, King John was overthrown in 1264 for similar kinds of reason.
What this shows, is that the events in the film Robin Hood 2010, it is depicting the background of what took place between 1215 and 1264.
In this aspect, the movie is a historical and cultural representation of various events that were taking place. While not discussing: specific times, dates, and places; the film denotes the atmosphere of what was occurring.
What does the film's interpretation of the historical topic under consideration tell us about our own cultural assumptions?
It says that people will often do historical revisions, where the actual events could become skewed over the years. This is because a number of different versions of the story were told. Over the course of time, each version will be accepted by a certain amount of people as the actual truth (even though it may be very loosely based on fact). As each version of the story is told, a conflict begins to emerge about what really took place. Where, the events and the person could begin to change, with each new version being accepted as realistic to a certain extent. What this tells us, is that the various events and their actual meanings can change, based upon the most common views in popular culture. At which point, the actual events may begin to mirror some of the same struggles and challenges being faced by contemporary audiences.
Clearly, the film Robin Hood 2010 is loosely based upon the general background that was taking place in England during the 1200's. Where, there was a class struggle between the elite and ordinary people. As the Magna Carta and the civil war, surrounding the rule of King John would be the underlying theme of the film in an indirect way. With it depicting the overall backdrop and struggle that took place at this time, while not officially referencing historical events. In this aspect, Robin Hood 2010 is a glimpse into the issues that were faced by society at the time. That being said, it is also important to remember that a number of: events, places and names have changed (due to the fact that story is over 900 years old). As it has been consistently retold, to the point that it is difficult to determine which versions are real and those that are not. At the same time, it represents various cultural values of modern day society. In many ways, this is what makes Robin Hood 2010 so unique. As it is a depiction of this classic story with a modern day twist, making it tale about: ethics, morality, self-determination and overcoming the odds.
"Robin Hood 2010." Oggs Movie Thoughts. 27 May 2010. http://oggsmoggs.blogspot.com/2010/05/robin-hood-2010.html