Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (Review)

robin_hood_prince_of_thievesIf this was made a decade later there would probably be a Disney ride made in its honour.
Instead it is an effortlessly entertaining and only slightly dated version of the famed Robin of Loxley – better known as Robin Hood.

As the film opens Robin (Kevin Costner) returns home from the violent crusades, followed by the indebted Azeem (Morgan Freeman), to find his former home desolate, and his lands rife with corruption.

With his former good name rendered mud, Robin flees to the nearby Sherwood Forest to find others like him, good men turned bad through desperation. With a couple of arrows and a clumsy speech, Robin bonds them all together and unites them against the common foe of governance, brilliantly personified by Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham.

This is not a history lesson, more a boy’s own adventure full of swordplay, swinging on ropes, saving maidens and fast movement. And in that it thrives. The critics had a field day on Costner’s on/off English accent, while they should have been revelling in the action and guffawing at Rickman’s audacious overacting. Rickman chews the scenery and spits every line of dialogue. He is the exact ham that this film needs.

Final Rating – 7.5 / 10. It’s fast. It’s mostly fun. It’s still worth your time twenty five years on.

About OGR

While I try to throw a joke or two into proceedings when I can all of the opinions presented in my reviews are genuine. I don't expect that all will agree with my thoughts at all times nor would it be any fun if you did, so don't be shy in telling me where you think I went wrong... and hopefully if you think I got it right for once. Don't be shy, half the fun is in the conversation after the movie.
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