This is the second of 3 reviews that are a part of the Mel Brooks Blogathon being run by Louis (Film Score Hunter) over at The Cinematic Frontier. Tnx for letting me participate!
Number of Times Seen – 2 (Video in the 90’s and 26 Jun 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A spoof of the Robin Hood films with a strong emphasis on the recent Kevin Costner version.
My Take on it – I am a really big fan of some of Mel Brooks’ earlier movies and spoofs and hoped that the fact that I’ve had little desire to rewatch this one since I saw it over twenty years ago was pure chance and not because of any real reason.
Unfortunately, upon rewatching this, I realized why…it just isn’t very funny.
A large majority of the jokes are aimed at the Kevin Costner version of the Robin Hood legend that came out two years before this film. Some of the jokes will elicit a smile, but most of the time, just a groan.
The jokes were meant to solely poke fun at a movie that came out 25 years ago and don’t work well enough without the context fresh in one’s mind.
I had really expected more from Brooks because his previous spoof movie, Spaceballs (1987) was nearly perfect and this one just felt too tiring too quickly.
One thing I really like about Brook’s work is the way that he can adeptly weave in some of his staple jokes and themes into any kind of film and give it his own signature, this in some sort of way connects all his films into the same “film universe” and those of us familiar with the connections can enjoy these films even a bit more.
Unfortunately, that’s the best part of this film.
Bottom Line – I now know why I only saw this one once… years ago. Most of the jokes feel dated and fall flat. Expected more from Brooks being that his previous spoof was nearly perfect. Love how he uses recurring jokes in his films to connect them all in some kind of way.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The ‘camera breaking the window’ gag, already mentioned as a Mel Brooks trademark, is a nod to Hitchcock’s Psycho where the camera seemingly passes through a closed window in the opening scene. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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