The adventures of Robin Locksley’s return to England.
Robin Locksley (Kevin Costner) returns from dangerous adventures at The Crusades to find his father (Brian Blessed) murdered and his servant (Walter Sparrow) blinded.
Learning that the culprit is the Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman) with his cousin Guy of Gisborne (Michael Wincott), Robin looks for vengeance.
Looking for assistance from Marion (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) he learns more of the machinations of the Sheriff and becomes determined to turn his
Having picked up the companionship of Azeem (Morgan Freeman), his travels take him through Sherwood forest where he befriends the dispossessed from the lands around.
Slowly he build them into a fighting force. But can they possibly take on the trained and well armed forces of the Sheriff?
Flawed? Oh, yes.
Inaccurate? Oh, yes.
Exciting? Oh, yes.
This is an action adventure movie. in the purest form of that genre you can get away with murder if the rest of the movie stands up to criticism. Prince of Thieves may very well be one of those movies.
Geography, history and even religion aren’t necessary accuracies in this Robin Hood movie. If the history is what you wanted you would have been devastated by the oddities and flaws.
Geography is the glaring mistake though – once you know that they go to Nottingham via Hadrian’s Wall from Dover in one night it’s impossible to take that seen seriously.
all that aside, we have a marvellous adventure, great entertainment. The action sequence are well constructed, and there are a few decent chase type scenes.
The movie will always be remembered for the performance of Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham. Humorous and villainous and really nasty. Marvellous! As is well known – Alan Rickman can draw such depth and gravity from a one liner that he can steal a scene with a single word.
Kevin Costner does well enough, though the accent grates after a while. Christian Slater‘s Will Scarlet brings cheers and bows and sympathy from the audience as the character
Oh, and the movie is bookended by those giants Brian Blessed and Sean Connery.
Watch, enjoy but don’t dwell on the flaws and a good afternoon can be had here.
Things to look out for: Friar Tuck, “I’ll cut your heart out with a spoon.”, defacing a statue, Catapult (though incredulous), “Why a spoon cousin?”, that song, the first ‘wedding’, escape from Jerusalem, using the statue as a battering ram, Sheriff’s mother
Cast: Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Alan Rickman, Christian Slater, Geraldine McEwan, Brian Blessed, Sean Connery
Rating: fun and exciting, also flawed and inconsistent, okay