Sword Fights for Women in Iron Tights- A review of Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)

by Cesidia on September 21, 2011

thumbnailThis movie isn’t exactly 25 years old, but it was made the year I was born, so I guess it’s gotta be pretty good. Robin Hood: Men in Tights is one of the latest movies that Mel Brooks has directed but even in his old age he knows how to make a fantastic movie. Even the beginning credits are hilarious. It starts out with a bunch of men shooting arrows with fire to create the words on a black screen. Later it turns the black screen turns into houses and you see that the credits are burning down a village. They complain that this happens every time a Robin Hood movie comes out. Then in unison the whole village yells, “Leave us alone Mel Brooks!”

There are many other references from past Robin Hood movies and many other movies, that adds to the comedy. One in particular, is when Robin Hood (Cary Elwes) says that unlike the other Robin Hoods, he can speak with a good English accent. But by far, my favorite scene that mocks another movie is the Don Giovanni (Dom DeLuise) scene. It is really quite ingenious. Giovanni even has Marlon Brando’s voice down to the T, and makes a joke by taking cotton balls out from a previous dentist visit, being the reason his voice sounds like it does. In reality it’s not that different from what Brando did with cotton balls to find the voice for Vito Corleone. It also has Dirty Ezio (a la Dirty Harry) and Filthy Luca (a la Luca Brasi). Filthy Luca even recites the same speech Luca Brasi does in the first Godfather, “Thank you for inviting us on the day of your daughter’s wedding day…” Especially after recently watching The Godfather I laughed twice at hard at that scene.

The music was also a great addition to the movie. The rap, which reminded me of The French Prince of Bel Air was hilarious between the words and the dancing. It just oozed with the 90s pop culture, just like Marian’s (Amy Yasbeck) mullet like hairdo and Ahchoo’s (Dave Chappelle) sneakers. I also really enjoyed the Merry Men’s song. Just seeing a big bunch of really muscular men singing and dancing, and doing the can-can is enough for anyone to be unable to stop laughing. I also loved when Blinkin (Mark Blankfield) would accidentally punch people in the face, or go on the wrong side.

Blinkin was actually another one of my favorite characters. In a way he was the comic relief, although in a movie like this, you don’t really need that. He says the weirdest, but funniest things throughout the movie like when he thinks the sculpture is really Robin or when he runs into the tree. Most of the characters are funny too. Lil Jon () has his most comedic scene when he falls into the river and is concerned about drowning in the maybe 2 inches deep water and screams “I can’t swim” until Robin helps him up.

Overall, if you have seen any of the real Robin Hood movies this is a great movie to see to get a good laugh. Mel Brooks does a great job of bringing a famous story to life by making it just a little over an hour and 40 minutes long parody.

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