MovieRob’s Childhood Flashback Movie Challenge – Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)


For the first guest blogger who accepted my Childhood Flashback movie challenge, I present you with a post by JJames from jjamesreviews.  JJames has a great site and what’s more important is he has amazing insight on a wide gamut of movie genres.

Thanks to James for joining in on this challenge.

Still looking for more guest bloggers to submit to this challenge.  If you’re interested, here’s what to do:

The goal here is to re-watch movies from your youth that you loved back then and see if you and your “young self from yesteryear” can agree on your opinion of this movie or whether years of new perspectives have changed those feelings.

If you would like to participate in this, feel free to shoot me an email ( with your review so I can post it. It’s very important that you show the similarities or differences between the you of now and the you of then.

and Now I want to turn things over to JJames…..

robinh_cover“[Azeem shows Guy’s approaching men with a telescope. Robin peers at it, bewildered]

How did your uneducated kind ever take Jerusalem?” – Azeem

Number of Times Seen: Too many to count, the most recent being January 15th, 2014. The first time was in the theaters upon the film’s release. I was twelve years old.

Brief Synopsis: A nobleman returns home after years of imprisonment to find the evil Sherrif Nottingham (Alan Rickman) plotting to overtake England from the rightful king.

My Take on It: I adored this movie as a teenager and probably watched it at least once a month for years. There was a time I could have quoted every line of dialogue as the actors were reciting them, probably with similar inflection and emotion. But it has been years since I’ve seen it. How does it hold up?

Not well. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves has some merits, including gorgeous cinematography and a memorable score (though the music doesn’t particularly compliment the visuals). Plus, some of the action is interesting, even after many years and significant improvements to visual effect technology. Finally, the plot is engaging, if you don’t stop to think about it.

But the film’s many flaws significantly outweigh its merits. First, with the exception of Morgan Freeman as Azeem, the performances are underwhelming. Even Rickman is over-the-top, and every one else, especially Kevin Costner (Robin Hood) is at best unremarkable. Perhaps most frustratingly some British characters have accents, while others do not.

Second, the screenplay is poor. None of the characters are developed well and the plot is senseless. Often action begins when there is little reason for it to do so (Maiden Marion sword fighting with Robin Hood, for example). The nobility does not behave anything like they should, and Sheriff Nottingham and his men are obscenely incompetent. I could continue, but I’ve made my point: this story develops without logic.

Bottom Line: While it is marginally entertaining, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is not good.

Rating: BAFTA Worthy

Once again, Thanks to JJames for doing this guest post.

22 thoughts on “MovieRob’s Childhood Flashback Movie Challenge – Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

  1. Great review JJames.

    Thanks for contributing.

    I liked this one also much more when it first came out. Lots of people complain about the accent issue, but I never let that bother me.

    Costner likes to overact and it shows in this movie how much.
    I think he is too old to play the character (Russel Crowe was also in his version)

    You are soo right about all the characters and the script.

    I love Bryan Adams, so it’s always great to hear his song “Everything I do”….

    I think I’ll have to re-watch this again soon, not because it’s such a great movie, but because it also was a big part of my teenage movie viewing (I was in 11th grade, 17 when it came out).


    • I didn’t let the accent thing bother me when I was younger, either. And I wouldn’t now if all of the characters had been without. But it’s just so inconsistent that it becomes distracting. Rickman has an accent, but Costner doesn’t. Little John has one, but Will Scarlett doesn’t. And so forth. Either make everyone have one. Or make everyone not have one. Going back and forth like this is silly.


  2. Great review, JJames. : ) Have to say I saw this at the time but don’t really remember it. As it’s Kevin Costner, I’ve kind of had no desire to see it since. ; )

    Quick question for movierob! I’ve watched my movie for this & will work on the review now. So, you want it in your style like this one, yeah? Also, is the order Oscar Worthy then Globe then BAFTA then Razzie? : )


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