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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
For the good of all men, and the love of one woman, he fought to uphold justice by breaking the law.
When the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham murders Robin's father, the legendary archer vows vengeance. To accomplish his mission, Robin joins forces with a band of exiled villagers (and comely Maid Marian), and together they battle to end the evil sheriff's reign of terror.
My roommate: "Do you want to watch a movie?"
Me: "No. I've watched two already today."
/sees this in the Netflix Instant library.
/two.five hours later: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGoWtY_h4xo
A few thoughts:
1. Kevin Costner is too low key for this role, too acharismatic, too American, and too Costnerian. Morgan Freeman should be considered one of those great actors who deserves far better than the roles he chooses/has given to him. Christian Slater's best feature was that he did not have a mullet, unlike all the other Merry Men.
2. No major role for Alan a Dale? A passing reference to Much the Miller's Son? Nothing for Gilbert Whitehand? With that excessive runtime? Jesus fucking Christ.
3. Alan Rickman got to utter…
"Locksley! I'm gonna cut your heart out WITH A SPOON!"
I'm pretty sure that if I watched this for the first time today, I wouldn't like it. I'd detest all of the inaccuracies, plotholes and dodgy accents.
But I didn't see this for the first time today. I've seen this countless times since I was a kid and back then it was only the film's sense of adventure that mattered to me and still does now.
Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, to this very day, never fails to transport me back to my 12 year old self.
I've watched this film a thousand times already, but I figured it was time for a rewatch after the passing of Alan Rickman.
Now I originally intended to wait on this because I didn't want to be the asshole who wrote a review for attention after an actor's death. I saw enough of those with Robin Williams. Anyway, it seems that most people gravitate towards Die Hard or the Harry Potter series. Die Hard seemed like a predictable choice and I only watched Harry Potter to get laid while I was in college. Magic is lame. So, I decided to go with the film that makes most Europeans vomit which is Robin Hood.
I've had an attachment to this movie…
When I heard of the passing of Alan Rickman earlier today, I knew I wanted to watch one of his films in honour of his memory. But there are so many magnificent performances, I didn’t know which one to choose. The obvious choice would be Die Hard or one of the Harry Potter movies, but I eventually settled on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
I used to love this film as a child and it’s a film I always return to fondly. It’s far from a perfect film, Kevin Costner is undoubtedly miscast in the title role and many aspects have dated over the years, but what always draws me to rewatch this film is the hugely entertaining Sheriff of…
Wow Robin Hood so has a nice American accent. Yep, he sure sounds like he was born in Britain alright.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is a depressing, sloppy movie with less character development from are character's and more of the action. Kevin Costener through out this movie used a American accent and not a British accent and to me that's just lazy. What's next? A Lincoln film starring a Welsh actor how doesn't try to put a accent on and just users a Welsh accent although the whole film.
Morgan Freeman was good in the movie and so was Alan Rickman. Although out the film I was rooting for villain the whole time. The sets were was done and…
Costner truly sucks in this and there's legit an hour in the middle that should be cut, but still this is actually an insane movie. All floaty steadicam and fish-eye lens, and nothing is in focus. Dialog scenes are incomprehensible, voices mixed so low you can barely hear anything, especially not a bashful, retiring Costner's halting mumble.
Kinda the best thing here is how filthy and rotted Reynolds' casting of cartoon condensed Medieval England is. Everybody is sweaty with bad hair, toothless and deranged. There are so many small bizarre moments: the executioner bending down to lash Christian Slater to the block as a glob of spit falls from his mouth onto Slater's hair; Costner rubbing horseshit on his robe as an extra visibly stares at him; Geraldine McEwan's performance as a Weird Witch, one of the most fearlessly abject you'll ever see in a successful mainstream movie.
Reviewed in episode #2 (audio in portuguese):
Extremely hokey but also mildly entertaining for the most part. Costner is hilariously miscast as the titular Robin, coming off more as high school play rendition of him.
In short, everything about this is ridiculously overblown, but it's almost endearing rather than irritating. It's harmless fare that's good for an occasional spin on evening television.
I love this and make no apologies for it. Saw it this time at an outdoor, moonlit screening at Alnwick Castle, where some of it was filmed. Awesome.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I love the Robin Hood legend* and always have done since I was a little lad and will avidly consume pretty much any version of the story that any filmmaker wants to tell.
I remember watching Prince of Thieves for the first time on VHS way back when, mostly because it came hot on the heels of the Patrick Bergin version that was released in the same year in one of those weird coincidences wherein two similarly-focused films go head-to-head for audience affection. I saw this second; it's safe to say Costner and his wispy mullet quickly surpassed it's rival, striking bullseye with a flaming arrow whereas Bergin's 'tache missed the mark.
Of course it did. Costner and Reynolds' version…
Sheriff: "Would you prefer pain or death?"
Prisoner 1: "Death."
Sheriff: "Torture him."
Sheriff: "What about you, pain or death?"
Prisoner 2: "Pain."
Sheriff: "Torture him."
Sheriff: "You see, it makes no difference."
This is a review of the extended cut.
There's been discussions on Letterboxd about how current blockbusters, including last week's Suicide Squad, suffer from not giving the actors freedom to express their own interpretations of established characters. I agree with this assessment.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is a relic of a bygone era. It's an epic action film based on an iconic folk tale, but the actors create new versions of the characters we all know and love.
This film, while widely successful in its day…
I'm used to Disney's 1973 version, and so I'm glad to see a version that plays the legend straight. I do love the locations for this movie, like the wall when Robin and Azeem come to England, the castles, and the river where Robin and John fight. The action is good, and two of my favorite actors, Alan Rickman and Morgan Freeman are in this, and they do great with their roles. I don't quite buy Kevin Costner and his mullet as Robin Hood though. I should also mention I'm not terribly familiar with the actual legend, so I don't know how accurate it is.
I think I've watched this at least 30 times. It's so bad, and wonderful.
Kevin Costner's Robin Hood, as far as I remember, is very faithful to the classic 1938 movie.
Can't tell if satire or not.
Working on adding notes for all of them.
Almost any movie directed…