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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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…..
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.