IMDB: Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
Summary (excerpt from the DVD): In days of olde, when men were men, men wore tights. And none wore tights mightier—or tighter—than Robin Hood! Aided by his band of merry men, Robin of Loxley wrested power from the evil Prince John, brought humiliation upon the despicable Sheriff of Rottingham and found the key to the fair Maid Marian’s heart—and her chastity belt.
Review: Oh, Mel Brooks. Where do I even start? The opening credits begin as you might expect: flaming arrows and fiery letters appear on thatched roofing and proclaim that Cary Elwes, Richard Lewis, and Roger Rees star as Robin Hood, Prince John, and the Sheriff of Rottingham, respectively. But toward the end, it becomes clear that these thatched roofs belong to actual villagers, and they come screaming out of their houses to curse Mel Brooks for being the last in a long line of directors who insist on burning their homes to make a cool opening sequence. It’s safe to say this sets the tone for the rest of the movie.
Robin Hood: Men in Tights is basically a mash-up of Prince of Thieves (the 1991 film with Kevin Costner) and Errol Flynn’s The Adventures of Robin Hood, with one or two references to the 1973 animated Disney version thrown in for good measure. At one point, Cary Elwes’s Robin manages to crash a feast with a wild boar (which Prince John then calls “treyf,” the Yiddish word for non-kosher food) and declare his unflagging confidence that the commoners will follow him “because, unlike some other Robin Hoods, [he] can speak with an English accent,” then proceeds to topple a host of armored knights like dominoes. Mel Brooks doesn’t care how absurd his situations get, and in fact deliberately goes out of his way to make jokes and sight gags unrelated to the Robin Hood myths. Everything is done for a laugh, and nothing is taken seriously.
Purposeful continuity errors, multiple fourth wall breakages, ridiculous musical numbers, and anachronistic humor combine to create a very silly comedic take on the classic tale as only Mel Brooks can deliver.
4 thoughts on “Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)”
Cary Elwes *swoon* Speaking of, did you know he and Anne Hathaway did voice acting in Miyazaki’s The Cat Returns? Unsurprisingly Elwes is great, and surprisingly, so is Hathaway. If you haven’t seen it you should check it out because he is still swoon worthy, even as a cat!
I had no idea Cary Elwes voiced the cat in The Cat Returns! I knew he voiced the antagonist (you can’t really call him a villain) in Porco Rosso, and he did a wonderful job there. I had such a crush on him when I was 7 and The Princess Bride was my favorite movie. “As you wish” UGH I CAN’T TAKE IT @.@
Ohhhh, I love Cary Elwes. I mean, obviously The Princess Bride, helloooo — But Robin Hood Men in Tights has always been a favorite of mine too! So many good, silly lines 🙂
Mostly I just love it when he looks at the camera because of how the merry men are acting. His exasperated face is perfect 8D