Movie Club: Robin Hood - Men In Tights

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  1. LiamABC

    LiamABC Thunderian Legend

    WELCOME EVERYBODY TO THE LATEST DISCUSSION THREAD OF THE NEW MOVIE CLUB. A big thanks to everyone that are joining us through all of this.

    This week we're concluding the Robin Hood fest: after examining the two most successful films of the legend, we're going to watch the one that parodied them, namely Robin Hood: Men In Tights by Mel Brooks, and starring Cary Elwes.

    Remember any ideas for films to discuss are most welcome, and should be made on the Movie Club Introduction thread (the sticky one), and anyone is welcome to add their thoughts about movies already discussed on their respective threads.

    Just a friendly reminder to everyone that, whilst fans are obviously welcome to passionately discuss and give their views on these movies, please remember to keep things on a friendly footing and respect your fellow posters.
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  2. Mark M

    Mark M Thunderian Legend

    I am really not a fan of this movie or most Mel Brooks movies in general.
    It's defintely a parody of Costner's Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves.
    Elwes was really wasted in this role as Robin. I
    ronically Cary Elwes would have been a superior choice to play Robin in Prince of Thieves rather than Costner. He is charismatic and has the classic swash buckling look like Erol Flynn. If the roles had been reversed just think how much POT could have been better with a superior Robin.
    It has some good moments like the stick fight with Little John.
    Personally I think a lot of the humour and gags fall a bit flat and just aren't that funny.
    Too much of the film is also quite slow and a bit boring.
    It's an okay movie for a parody comedy but it's not one of Brook's best films.
  3. LiamABC

    LiamABC Thunderian Legend

    I've just watched this film for the first time and it was a hoot. As long as you know going in it's a parody you know you can laugh.

    It reminded me a lot of Monty Python. I can easily imagine Graham Chapman as Robin and John Cleese as the Sheriff - indeed, Roger Rees who plays the Sheriff here looked a bit like Cleese.

    Cary Elwes is absolutely great in the lead and would have made a damn fine Robin in a serious movie. Better than Costner that's for sure.
    Most of the supporting cast are a little flat, but Brooks himself as "Rabbi Tuckman" steals every scene he's in.
    I can only assume Patrick Stewart put on a Scottish accent to parody Sean Connery's performance in the same role.

    I question having the songs in it, but otherwise enjoyed it.
  4. Mark M

    Mark M Thunderian Legend

    It's not up to the standards of "High Anxiety", "Blazing Saddles" and "Spaceballs".
    I think the biggest problem with "Me In Tights" is the story is too close to "Prince of Thieves".
  5. LiamABC

    LiamABC Thunderian Legend

    Well it is a parody of that film in particular, although it also has some scenes parodying the Errol Flynn one.

    I haven't seen any of the three you listed there, I've seen The Producers and Young Frankenstein. Bloody hell, when he dies we'll have to do a few!
  6. Mark M

    Mark M Thunderian Legend

    I don't think we have to wait for that before we cover some of is other films.
  7. LiamABC

    LiamABC Thunderian Legend

    True. I don't doubt I'd enjoy them, so maybe after Rambo 2 we can cover some of his.
  8. Mark M

    Mark M Thunderian Legend

    Blazing Saddles is probably the most famous one although I do really like High Anxiety. Haven't seen all of Young Frankenstein.
  9. LiamABC

    LiamABC Thunderian Legend

    In that case we'll do Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, and save The Producers, which is really more famous, for when he goes.
  10. The Drifter

    The Drifter Berbill

    Just saw RH: MIT for the first time, on DVD. This was a great follow-up to my recent re-watch of POT. I'm a fan of Mel Brooks' films, but for some reason never caught this one - until now. Very funny film, especially:

    -The rappers in the beginning - and their same?! voice-overs, over the end credits.

    -Little John presenting himself as a big, tough guy - but then soon after turning into a little whiner when he fell into a small amount of water (due to not being able to swim) - hilarious.

    -The late Roger Rees as the Sheriff of Rottingham - ha ha. I primarily remember Rees as the shifty, deceitful businessman Robin Colcord on the iconic TV series Cheers. He was Rebecca Howe's (Kirstie Alley's) alleged "love interest" on the show for a while, and ended up scamming her/using her; he also had a rivalry with Sam Malone - ha ha.

    -Tracy Ullman as Latrine, the grotesque witch. Great name! ha ha

    -The beautiful Maid Marion's metal chastity belt that seemed to be permanently affixed to her; I'm sure I'm not the only one who wondered how she ever went to the bathroom - LOL.

    -The comedian/actor Richard Lewis as the weak, spoiled Prince John, whose mole was constantly changing places - i.e. it was first on his left cheek, then his right cheek, then his forehead, etc. - LOL. Lewis has always cracked me up; I remember seeing skits of him doing stand-up (on TV) back in the '80's. Much more recently, he's been a regular guest-star as Larry David's nemesis (playing himself) on the hilarious comedy Curb your Enthusiasm (HBO, 2000-Present).

    -LiamABC, I completely agree that Cary Elwes would have been great as Robin Hood in the regular POT movie, instead of Costner. In MIT he's almost the spitting image of Errol Flynn (the "original" Robin Hood), and an excellent actor. And, yes - he has done dramatic roles (Saw I, etc.). Going along with this, I also feel that the actress who played Maid Marion in MIT would have been far better than MEM in POT.
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  11. LiamABC

    LiamABC Thunderian Legend

    I know him from Cheers too, he was great in that.

    Great name indeed!

    I read once that women typically retained the keys to their own chastity belt and the idea of it being controlled by their husbands was a myth. Makes sense when you think about it - especially for the reason you suggested!

    I think in the bonus material for The Princess Bride which also stars Cary Elwes (and which we covered on here a few years back), mentioned him as looking more like Douglas Fairbanks, who had played Robin Hood in 1922. In any case, yes, Elwes would have made a great Robin Hood in a serious version.

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