N.Y. Times's A.O. Scott: Yup, Robin Hood's a Tea-Partier

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Go ahead and file this in your “unlikely” drawer:

You may have heard that Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor, but that was just liberal media propaganda. This Robin is no socialist bandit practicing freelance wealth redistribution, but rather a manly libertarian rebel striking out against high taxes and a big government scheme to trample the ancient liberties of property owners and provincial nobles. Don’t tread on him!

So is “Robin Hood” one big medieval tea party? Kind of…

As you probably know, the Breitbart team frequents these Tea Party rallies, and we’ve yet to come across the “disillusioned war veteran just back from a distant, violent campaign against Muslims” tea-partier that Russell Crowe allegedly portrays in this year’s “Robin Hood.” Scott neglects to mention this inconvenient theme in his review.

We’ll report back and let you know if Robin Hood more closely resembles a libertarian rebel, as Scott suggests, a forward-thinking, spread-the-wealth around type of revolutionary, or somewhere in between. We have our suspicions what he will be, but according to Scott, the films does pick on the French.

If it does turn out Robin Hood has a libertarian streak, it would be interesting to ask Team “Robin Hood” when exactly the disillusioned vet theme was added to the script. Call us cynical, but it’s easy to picture the project’s higher-ups meeting on the script only to agree it’s good, but just a little too Tea Party. Maybe this PTSD-vet-just-back-from-the-War-on-Terrorism theme was in the script from day one, or maybe it was injected as an eleventh hour save, but either way, it certainly has the makings of a textbook sucker punch.