Reviews and Problems with Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
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Not very good, But the people loved it.
9 December 2013
Excerpt: Yes, this movie is 22 years old, yes, it's taken me this long to see this film. And, well...I can hardly say that it was worth the wait. It was just a pretty average film. It had a huge star, in fact probably the biggest star of the time in Kevin Costner (who goes back in fort between a bad British accent and a southern drawl so many times throughout that it becomes comical), that lady who was in every movie of the early 90's (Mastrantonio), the next big thing (Slater),...
Summary: This is an overly melodramatic and sappy version of the Robin Hood tale. It doesn't help that Kevin Costner displays an unconvincing English accent throughout the film and that the movie boasts a modern, Bryan Adams-infused soundtrack, sort of like a medieval Young Guns, but not as fun.
Summary: Robin of Locksley (Costner) encounters and saves Azeem (Freeman). Sheriff of Nottingham (Rickman) rules England. The Sheriff proposes to Marian while Robin is being hunted. A wonderful cast yet the screenplay doesn't bring anything new to the plate. Had a few likable action scenes but its pace was just to dull. Best performances are from Freeman and Rickman. This murky and violent version of Robin Hood.
Summary: Dang, no wonder I like cheesy movies to some extent. With somewhat bad acting on the front of Costner and Mastrantonio, this film definitely gets the Oscar for one of the cheesiest films in the early 90s. What makes this a somewhat decent movie is Alan Rickman with comic relief, and Morgan Freeman kicking butt. Some scenes were definently more strong than others. Then again, all movies have scenes like that.
Summary: Watching Morgan Freeman as a lunging, intimidating one man Muslim wrecking crew is priceless! Then there's Alan Rickman playing a sex-crazed-pre-Tony-Stark Sheriff! It's just too bad Costner sports an American accent, grows a mullet, and delivers every scene like he's blazed out of his mind on Pineapple Express, which pushes the above two guilty pleasures outta the way.
Summary: This story has been done again and again, and while this version does have plenty of action, a good score and a fairly decent plot, it leaves me feeling empty. Kevin Costner is the main reason - I have trouble believing him as Robin Hood.