Robin Hood feels like they shot the movie telling everybody in it that it was going to be funny -- you can see moments where the actors are standing there goofily, or where a scene transitions via a DOA zinger -- but the movie-makers got into the editing room and cut every inch of life from the thing, slashed it up like Edward Scissorhands took ten hits of acid acid and got tossed into a pile of ribbons, and then they dolloped an aggressive action-cue score over top of everything to drown out any remaining semblance of joy or humor or humanity or character or emotion or or or maybe if I keep saying the word or I can run down the word count on this review because I have nothing else to say or or or or you get the gist. Big red blinking AVOID sign here.
I still think the Kevin Costner version was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. Not least because we know how long it takes to get to Nottingham from where he landed at the coast (pedantic, moi?!), and all the English members of the cast seemed to think they were doing panto. Sadly, it looks like this one would have benefited from Alan Rickman chewing the scenery.
There will never be a better version than both the Douglas Fairbanks silent version and it's remake, The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland!
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