The movie tells the story of Robin hood before becoming an outlaw. In the last 5-10 minutes of the movie, Robin relocates his life to the forests because of frictions between him and the English King. I don't know the historical validity of the story being told in the film, but it is a new approach to the whole "Robin Hood" saga. The story relies on 3 major fundaments: - The French - The upper-class in England (nobles with King family) - Robin's interaction with the above 2. "The French" component was all-dominant in the story. Allthough being a Russel Crowe fan, this movie is not his best. It is a one-time watch in my opinion. Edit: Allthough telling different stories in different phases of the life of Robin, the Kevin Costner movie is definately better.