It’s Friday, and you know what that means: It’s time to prepare for the cinema this weekend. A number of eclectic pictures open up today, including the Queen Latifah/Common romantic comedy “Just Wright” and the Amanda Seyfried-starring chick flick “Letters to Juliet.” But if your vision of summer consists of action, drama, archery and speeches by Russell Crowe, then there’s one choice for you this weekend. “Robin Hood,” directed by Ridley Scott (“Gladiator,” “Alien”) and starring Crowe and Cate Blanchett, tells the origin story of a great English folk tale. The stories surrounding Robin Hood are essentially about the empowerment of the public over tyranny, and the character’s signature move of stealing from the rich to feed the poor is an almost saintly bit of heroism. “Robin Hood” turns the story into a piece about guerilla warfare and puts Crowe in the title role.
Such a sprawling action epic requires the right soundtrack, so while you get ready to shout along with Robin, Friar Tuck, Maid Marion and Little John, take the video playlist below for a spin. You can explore Robin’s core philosophy (Jane’s Addiction’s “Been Caught Stealing”), dip into some tunes about Robin’s weapon of choice (Jupiter One’s “Flaming Arrow,” ABC’s “Poison Arrow”) and check out how Robin’s right hand man’s namesake is doing (Lil Jon’s “Get Low”). There are also a few nods to elements from the movie, including the famous forest (Sherwood’s “You Are”), Friar Tuck (Hootie & the Blowfish’s “Tucker’s Town) and the one of the reasons for Robin’s rebellion (Erase Errata’s “Tax Dollar”). There’s also N.E.R.D.’s “Lapdance,” just because of the “I’m an outlaw” lyric.
But let’s begin with DJ Khaled, who reminds us something that Robin probably would agree with: “I’m So Hood.”