Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)

Parody films tend to age quickly and poorly. Yet I think “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” has aged vastly better than “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”. It’s a damn fun and funny movie. It’s pretty much a gag a minute, and while not all of them land, the majority definitely do. It’s also clear Mel…

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

“Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” is very much a product of its time. Very hammy Alan Rickman performance. Very earnest Kevin Costner performance. A (marginally) more energetic and engaged Morgan Freeman. The hairstyles. The clumsy racial elements, and the bizarrely uncomfortable and protracted attempted rape scene. No, you certainly wouldn’t get a film like this…

Robin Hood (1973)

I find with a lot of Disney films that I have trouble getting on their exact wavelength, of appreciating and engaging with the tone in particular. I was pleasantly surprised that “Robin Hood” was one of the lucky ones I immediately took to. It’s such a fun, energetic time, that I was surprised how quickly…

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

This 1938 Robin Hood film with Errol Flynn in the lead role not only is a lot of fun, but also has a special energy, good-naturedness, and flair that I don’t think any of the later famous film adaptations ever really managed to capture. It’s a great visual spectacle that hones in on the inherently…

The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)

A delightful French musical bursting with beauty, creativity, joy, and above all, colour! There’s little to the characters, or even the story at all really, but the film is so full of exuberance that it’s easy to just get swept up in the sheer joy of it anyway. The charming music propels everything along, but…

Robin Hood (2010)

Ridley Scott and Russel Crowe teamed up again for this oddly flat and muted adaptation of the fanciful and jolly legend of Robin Hood. It feels like “Gladiator: Redux” in many ways – not just the fact it’s another Ridley and Russel collaboration, but the grim vibe and staging of the many battle sequences, the…