After escaping from prison in the Holy Land, Robin of Locksley (Kevin Costner) and his friend Azeem (Morgan Freeman) return to England, where they discover Robin’s father murdered and King Richard (Sean Connery) exiled.
When they meet a band of thieves in the woods, they join forces to try to oust the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman).
Buckles are truly swashed and derring-do effectively done in this 12th-century adventure, which simply sets out to entertain handsomely and does so with a great deal of dash, flash and panache.
Costner is more “Indiana Hood” than the Locksley lad of yore and Alan Rickman is a joy to behold as the panto-styled Sheriff of Nottingham, while Morgan Freeman’s cultured Moor – Robin’s early saviour – is a commanding, though unlikely, medieval presence.
But it’s director Kevin Reynolds who deserves the most praise for disguising such overfamiliar events with imaginative staging and a constantly roving camera and turning in such an enjoyable popcorn epic.
Robin of Locksley/Robin Hood
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Sheriff of Nottingham
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