Welcome to a little corner of the site we like to call, Movie Spotlight! This is where we take the time to showcase some films from the past, present and maybe even from the future! Okay, that’s a lie, there aren’t any films from the future here. We do have candy and an assortment of cheese though – so sit back, relax and take a gander. You might discover a film you never knew about for your Netflix or Showmax watchlist!
Nobleman crusader Robin of Locksley (Kevin Costner) breaks out of a Jerusalem prison with the help of Moorish fellow prisoner Azeem (Morgan Freeman) and travels back home to England. But upon arrival, he discovers his dead father in the ruins of his family estate, killed by the vicious sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman). Robin and Azeem join forces with outlaws Little John (Nick Brimble) and Will Scarlett (Christian Slater) to save the kingdom from the sheriff’s villainy.
In my opinion, this film isn’t just a classic but an integral part of the history of modern cinema. It tells an inspiring story that everyone manages to find something in. I mean, what better story to stand the test of the ages than the good vs evil, pure vs corrupt, poor vs rich sentiment? Everyone, young and old have heard at least one version of the Robin Hood story and some are more accepted than others. This depends on the person though and for some Robin Hood will always be the Red Fox from Disney while The Kevin Costner Robin Hood, in my mind, will always be the ‘real’ Robin Hood.
So, what makes this film so great?
The film does lack somewhat in obvious areas but what it lacks in one scene, it almost always makes up in others. For instance, if you aren’t terribly versed with history you might find the opening scenes concerning Richard’s war somewhat confusing and irrelevant, while the very next scene following the opening sequence portrays Robin’s homecoming with such emotion that you pretty much forget what they were all on about in the previous bit.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves does this little trick quite a few times throughout and conveys its version of the ancient tale with not only humor but a dark subtext concerning good vs evil. Most notably so, The Witch & Azeem, who are quite literally portraying an angel vs a demon scenario, each on opposing sides, battling for the ultimate outcome of victory for their respective sides. In fact, religion plays a large part in this film. The Sheriff worships The Devil and has corrupt members of the church in his service while Robin is a Christian man with simple Christian men following him. Robin is even referred to, not by name, but by the title of his religion by Azeem as ‘Christian’ on many occasions.
There are definitely hidden meanings and ideas in this film that you don’t notice at first glance but it all somehow works to deliver a great story with not only memorable characters portrayed by the likes of Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Rickman but it manages to give you a little something to think about long after it’s all over.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is a true favorite and a film everyone should see at least once in their lifetime.