Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Directed by Kevin Reynolds
Quick Synopsis… Kevin Costner stars as Sherwood Forest’s outlaw hero in this 1991 version of the classic tale of intrigue, romance and pageantry. When the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman) murders Robin’s father, the legendary archer vows vengeance. To accomplish his mission, Robin joins forces with a band of exiled villagers (and comely Maid Marian), and together they battle to end the evil sheriff’s reign of terror.
- While this may not be considered the best or definitive version of the Robin Hood legend, it’s the one I grew up with and, therefore, am most familiar with.
- And how epic is that score?
- I’m pretty sure we tried to play that in middle school band at some point.
- Imagine how bad that would have been… a bunch of 7th and 8th graders playing the theme from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves…
- I get why people have an issue with this movie, though. I mean, I like Kevin Costner, but his accent does kind of go back and forth. A lot.
- There are times you can tell, he’s giving this British thing a good shot. The rest of the time he still sounds like that guy from Iowa who plowed under his corn to build a haunted baseball field.
- And this version does give us Morgan Freeman as Azeem and Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham. If they don’t make it worth watching, I don’t know what does.
- Robin of Locksley returns home from the Crusades to find that his father has been killed, falsely accused of heresy and treason.
- Though, the real reason he was killed was because Locksley refused to join Nottingham in a treasonous act against the currently absent King Richard.
- Robin is accompanied by Azeem, who has sworn a life debt to Robin.
- Once they discover Locksley’s home in ruins, they encounter Maid Marian, then take refuge in Sherwood Forest, meeting John Little, Will Scarlet, and the rest of the Merry Men.
- The story plays out the way you should expect a Robin Hood story to play out.
- He robs from the rich and gives to the poor.
- He and Marian fall in love and passionately kiss as the voice of Bryan Adams sings a very 90s ballad.
- I’ll admit, I was confused when I saw this as a kid. Where is Prince John? After all, he was the big bad in the animated Disney version.
- Did anyone see the most recent Robin Hood retelling with Taron Egerton in the title role? I didn’t hear many good things, so I avoided it.
- Besides… who asked for another version of Robin Hood? I guess it’s expected every decade or so…
So… Is Prince of Thieves a version of the story that you’ve seen? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below!
Tomorrow’s Easter Sunday and I’ll be traveling, so I’m not sure if I’ll get around to posting anything. But Monday we’ll come back to the A to Z Challenge with the letter S. It’s a movie about an artificially intelligent robot who claims to be alive… Any guesses?