I promised I would review this movie a long time ago and well it’s time I keep my word. Released in 1991 this is the Robin Hood movie everybody makes fun of, other than the Mel Brooks parody because it makes fun of everything. I actually like this movie, not enough to watch it over and over again like the Errol Flynn version but it isn’t too bad. Spoilers ahead. I DO NOT OWN THE PICTURE.
Escaping a prison in Jerusalem, Robin of Locksley (Kevin Costner) along with his friend Peter Dubois and another man, a Moor named Azeem (Morgan Freeman). Peter is shot and killed by an archer when making a last stand with Robin, but not before making Robin promise to look after his sister Marian (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) when he returns to England. Azeem joins Robin as he returns to England, having vowed to repay Robin for saving his life. However England is not the same since Robin left: his father has been killed by the Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman) who has been ruling England with an iron fist since King Richard left on his crusades, with the assistance of his cousin Guy of Gisbourne (Michael Wincott), corrupt Bishop of Hereford (Harold Innocent) and the witch Mortianna (Geraldine McEwan). Robin finds his family’s servant Duncan (Walter Sparrow) who has been blinded by the Sheriff’s men. Robin also reunited with Marian and informs her of her brother’s death, but she is more than capable of handling herself despite the attempts by the Sheriff to woo her. Fleeing the Sheriff’s forces Robin and Azeem run into Sherwood Forrest and meet a gang of outlaws, led by Little John (Nick Brimble) and Will Scarlet (Christian Slater), the latter whom does holds a grudge against Robin for a reason. Robin takes control of the group and convinces them to go after the Sheriff and take him down by stealing from his soldiers and distribute the goods among the poor. Friar Tuck (Mike McShane) joins the group while Marian helps out when she can. The Sheriff soon becomes obsessed with destroying Robin Hood. About as far as I can go without spoiling the rest of the movie.
While this is not the best version of Robin Hood I did not think this movie was too bad. I have seen Kevin Costner in better movies, and let’s be honest he’s the reason why many make fun of this movie. Morgan Freeman is good in pretty much all he does and this movie was no exception. Mastrantonio is decent as Maid Marian, but she is not the most memorable part of the movie. I enjoyed Slater as Scarlet as well as Brimble and McShane as John and Tuck respectively, but of course the standout performance is Alan Rickman as the Sheriff. He is evil, funny and a joy to watch; you can’t help but love him or hate to love him depending on how you look at it. Another reason why this movie is so famous is because of one song. The theme for this movie is “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” by Bryan Adams. I love this song, I swear anytime it’s on the radio I always listen to it. The song was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song, but it did win the Grammy. It is very romantic sweet and, what my mother calls, sappy. If you want to watch Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves then by all means go ahead, but I wouldn’t put it too high on the must watch list.