Welp, I’ve checked another Robin Hood adaptation off the list.
I can only recommend it if you are trying to watch every movie the esteemed Alan Rickman has ever been in, or if you, like me, are interested in tales of the popular folkloric hero Robin Hood regardless of how well they’re told. (In this case, not very.)
Parts of this version reminded me of the much happier and tamer 2006 Robin Hood television series.
The Wikipedia list of film and television adaptations includes quite a few more versions, including a new movie scheduled for this year.
Disney’s Cinderella has more cat-and-mouse antics in it than us grown-ups tend to remember it having; Disney’s Robin Hood, similarly, seems to have more marching in it than I would have thought possible. It’s a charming story, though, possibly in part because of all that celebratory marching!
I love the despicable babyishness of Prince John, the adorable aspirations of the rabbit kid who wants to be just like Robin Hood, Marion’s demure wistfulness about her childhood sweetheart… and the way the snake somehow has eloquent body language despite not having a body. (Snakes are so awesome!)
Keep reading for a detailed plot summary with SPOILERS in the form of a beat sheet in the style described in Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat as well as a few other thoughts on the movie.
This post is part of a series on versions of the Robin Hood legend.
Continue reading Robin Hood (1973)
It’s cheesy and historically inaccurate, but this Robin Hood series has its moments.
The scenes that take place outdoors in the forest are more convincing than the ones that use the same indoor and outdoor sets over and over; Sherwood Forest, though, is very much a character in the show and an important presence. Regarding the human characters, I would definitely say that the bad guys were more interesting than the good guys by a mile.
I would recommend the show if you’re looking for some lighthearted entertainment with some interesting characters and can overlook the show’s obvious flaws. Or if you’re just interested in any and all variations of the Robin Hood myth.
See below for more about the characters and why they’re interesting, even if they do make a lot of Evil Overlord mistakes. (No specific spoilers.)
Continue reading Robin Hood (2006–2009)
This post is part of a series of posts on books and movies about the legend of Robin Hood. It discusses:
- The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley
- The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green
- The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
Continue reading Even more Robin Hoods
This post is part of a series of posts on books and movies about the legend of Robin Hood. It discusses Robin Hood by Henry Gilbert.
Continue reading Robin Hood by Henry Gilbert
This post is part of a series of posts on books and movies about the legend of Robin Hood. It discusses the 2006 television show.
Continue reading Robin Hood (2006)
For a while now, I’ve had two Robin Hood mass-market paperbacks on the same shelf (one by Roger Lancelyn Green and one by Howard Pyle). Just now my spreadsheet told me I also have one by Henry Gilbert that I bought in 2010. My copy of Green is from 2008 and Pyle must have been before July 2004. So I have three versions. Plus Robin McKinley’s Outlaws of Sherwood.
I also have three movie versions: Disney, Elwes and Flynn. And a 2006 TV series from the BBC!