Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Movie Review: Robin Hood Prince of Thieves (1991) (spoilers included)

the Classics Retold project hosted by Alison @ The Cheap Reader, Alyssa @ Books Take You Places, Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy, Wendy @ Excellent Library, Brittany @ Book Addict's Guide. Alison @ The Cheap Reader came up with this idea after project Fairy Tale was such a huge hit. She tweaked the challenge a bit to include classic books and their adaptations. 

 Robin Hood Prince of Thieves (1991)
*Spoilers Ahead Opinion in the last paragraph if you don't want spoilers*

Kevin Costner plays Robin Hood in Robbin Hood Prince of Thieves. As I said to my sister you can't go wrong with Kevin Costner. I respect Kevin Costner as an actor. Morgan Freeman plays Robin Hood's right hand man Azeem. Those are the main A list actors of this movie. Or at the least the actors I knew.

Robin Hood Prince of Thieves follows the tale of Robin Hood very closely. Robin of Locksley comes back to his home land to find the people starving for food and the sheriff robbing them blind while King Richard is away. Robin goes to Sherwood forest where he is attacked by no other than John Little. Him and his band had set up camp there and they were not about to let the sheriff take that away from them. After the initial meeting the whole camp accepted Robin Hood with open arms. 

The main characters of the novel were present in the movie such as John Little, Will Scarlet, and Frair Tuck. Maid Marian was again my favorite. She had a past with Robin and she was willing to risk her life to see Robin Hood. 

The community loved Robin Hood. He robbed from the rich to give to the poor and the poor were so grateful for the extra money to buy food. These people didn't have much and Robin kept the hope alive.

The whole last hour of the movie was awesome. It was like a big long intense fight scene I loved it. The sheriff felt Robin was an extreme threat to him and had a bounty on his head, but it never worked because the community members loved Robin and wouldn't kill him for money they would probably never see. The sheriff was a coward when it came to the fight scene. He stayed on the outskirts of Sherwood Forest while his men fought and died. The sheriff's men destroyed Robin's village and took many of the men as prisoner's including Will Scarlet and John Little's son. 

Will Scarlet was a traitor and told the sheriff he would kill Robin for his freedom and the bounty. He was released from jail. He went back to Sherwood forest to tell Robin that all 10 of his men were to be hanged after the sheriff's wedding to Maid Marian. Robin asked him if he told him this news just so he could get close to him and kill him. Robin asked Will if he betrayed him in another life. Will preceded to tell Robin how he is his brother and how he hates Robin for spiting up his parents. 

Robin devises a plan to save all his men from dying including John Little's son. They only had 7 people left in their village. The fight scene was intense as it seemed at all times that somebody was going to die. 

After all his men were saved Robin went to save Maid Marian which was another intense fight until the sheriff died. Azeem fills his prophecy by saving Robin Hood life at the last minute. 

The movie had the happy ending I wished for with the novel. Maid Marian and Robin Hood were married. King Richard came back and thanked Robin Hood for looking over his kingdom. 

I really loved Robin Hood Prince of Thieves although it was a very long movie. I think Kevin Costner did a great job as Robin Hood. I also enjoyed John Little's character and Friar Tuck's. I also think the actress that played Maid Marian did an amazing job. This movie followed along with the basic elements of Robin Hood really great and I enjoyed the movie as a whole. 

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  1. This is maybe my favorite movie EVER. I reviewed it the other day and I was so glad that I HAD to watch it for this project :] I love the romance and the relationships between Robin and the other characters, especially Will!

    1. It was such a great movie, but took me forever to watch since it was so long and I have such a short attention span for movies.


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