Few returned from the Crusade. Robin of Locksley had to enlist the help of a Muslim prisoner to avoid death in infidel captivity: the religious enemies were united by common misfortune. But the greatest threats await the hero from fellow believers: an impostor has seized the English throne!
Only the green forest, only lost everything, and ready for anything friends, only the belief in his righteousness will help Robin to survive in an unequal struggle. And his enemies will shudder at the ominous whistle of well-aimed arrows flying from nowhere.
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The movie of my childhood, one of the two Kevin Costner movies in which I perceive him, and for which I give him credit. The second, of course, is ‘Bodyguard’. All the other works have been trying to discredit Costner for 15 years now, reducing him to the level of a very mediocre and unscrupulous actor. With the greatest difficulty I still try to identify him with Robin Hood and Frank Farmer, pretending that he wasn’t in Graceland, etc.
And once upon a time, i.e., in 1991, he was good, and the boy of the ruined Locksley family was very lively, vivacious and humorous in his humor in the Sherwood woods to get even with the Sheriff of Nothengham and recover the inherited goods from his murdered parent.
In fact, the movie is very beautiful, Englishly bleak, with gorgeous soundtrack, imbued with native-British spirit, color, romance and it doesn’t get worse or easier with the years (a huge compliment to the movie, considering how our perception changes with the passing of our childhood and the progress in cinematography).
The English forest, the waterfall, the medieval castle-fortresses, the Romanesque style, Costner’s pleasant smile and Freeman’s unfailing charisma are chic, brilliant, but it all automatically dives into the shadows when the magnificent Alan Rickman appears on stage. I could name up to a dozen of his roles, but Sheriff of Nothengham is the apogee of his career. The role is not too significant, but iconic, he has created a character so vivid, juicy, attractive in its negativity that the “nobility” of the other two worthy husbands – Costner and Freeman – simply left no room.
Rickman took and easily moved everyone, spread his wings and went wild in the style of the old English dramatic school so that Larry Olivier must have applauded him in the other world. A corrupt, corrupt, psychopathic, disgusting scoundrel and tyrant? Ambitious, energetic, enterprising and unbelievably sexy. And as for moral principles, they don’t always make a man look good. More often they make him bland and tasteless. Rickman’s Sheriff of Nothengham is an actor’s mark in my eyes, and even when I look at Snape in “Harry Potter,” the message goes back to 1991.
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, who shined in “The Color of Money” and “Robin Hood,” has dropped into oblivion untimely, and boasts nothing but mediocre cameo roles like the three-minute one in “The Perfect Storm.” Pity, she had good potential. A beautiful woman with the makings of a character actress. Bad luck.
Bottom line: Reynolds made a great adventure movie, Bryan Adams sang a great song (“Everything I Do”), Rickman and Mastrantonio played their best roles, and Costner, as mentioned, one of her two. A timeless, cool movie.
Codec: HEVC / H.265 (62.7 Mb/s)
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: DTS 2.0
English, English SDH.