Robin Hood: Prince of Melodrama- 100 Word Review

Reynold’s take on the outlaw hero who defeats the tyrannous Sheriff of Nottingham is melodramatic, absurd and occasionally fun.

The pompous, swashbuckling score failingly attempts to inject significance and heroism into Robin’s journey.

The casting is patchy at best. Costner’s more Peter Pan than Robbin, Mastrantonio lacks Marion’s tenacity, Freeman’s Moor suffices and Rickman’s antagonist brings more comedy than malice.

Robin and Nottingham’s conflict builds throughout, only to collapse in a farcical ending featuring a bizarre attempted rape scene.

Despite some entertaining moments, RH:POT doesn’t do the epic fable of Robbin Hood justice, and you’d be better of watching the BBC series.

3 stars

Jo Bradley.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. jimbelton says:

    I couldn’t disagree more with your three star rating. This film is absolutely terrible. King John and the Sheriff are mashed into a single character, and a random black guy and one of the three witches from MacBeth are added for no apparent reason. Meanwhile, a pseudo historical rationalization (Robin of Loxly) is pasted on. This horrible mess then has the remaining life sucked out of it by Kevin Costner’s terrible attempt to play an Englishman. I wouldn’t give it more than one star. Your better off watching Robin Hood: Men in Tights, which does a better job of telling the story.

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    1. JoBradley says:

      Hmm, I haven’t heard of the other Robin Hood movie. A fair call about Kevin Costner though, he was horribly miscast.


  2. Martin says:

    I feel you have been a little harsh, but then I like this film for nostalgic reasons. Costner is a bit wooden but Rickman is fantastic.
    Craziest moment – at the start when they land in Dover and Costner says they will be on his father’s land by nightfall. Next scene they are at hadrian’s wall, hundreds of miles away!

    When you say BBC series do you mean they 1980s one?

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    1. JoBradley says:

      Rickman is certainly a big character in this, but I much prefer the Sheriff to be menacing, like Keith Allen in the recentish BBC show ( )


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