Robin Hood to Open Cannes

Perhaps I don’t understand Cannes but I was surprised to read that Robin Hood would be opening Cannes Film Festival this year. Admittedly I was surprised when Up opened last year too.

Though neither are or were in competition my vision of Cannes does not allow for the inclusion of such mainstream films. However Southland Tales competing in 2006, and getting critically ripped to shreds, was an altogether more ridiculous choice.

Maybe I have a warped view of Cannes or even of Robin Hood as it could actually be good. Do I just think of Cannes as arty because it’s french or because it is known for its honest and vocal reaction to bad films?