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 Brooks has actual affection for the legend (or at least the 1938 Errol Flynn adaptation – while the film is ostensibly a parody of the Kevin Costner “Prince of Thieves” adaptation, it riffs on the 1938 one plenty too).
The film loses itself a bit in the third act, where the plot takes a greater focus, more dated material creeps in, and a lot of the sex gags don’t land well, but the first two acts are delightful fun. Cary Elwes and Dave Chappelle are the stand-outs of the cast, but something about Richard Lewis’ delivery and demeanour just absolutely slays me. I was constantly laughing at his very laid-back performance.
I had a hell of a lot more fun with “Men in Tights” than with “Prince of Thieves”. I give it three pairs of tights, and a Patrick Stewart cameo.