The Irreverent Cineastes Podcast

Two sarcastic and mildly embittered film scholars analyze, appreciate, and excoriate important works of pop culture.

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) - The Irreverent Cineastes Podcast Year Four

April 25th, 2019

Our next sword and sorcery-themed “Ax-to-Grind” was this shocking box-office success of the early 90s, which retold the story of Robin Hood for an audience raised on Tim Burton’s Batman and inured to the consequences and ramifications of rape.  Seriously, this movie has a real, real problem with rape, and we excoriate it for that.  Even the best part of the movie, Alan Rickman’s classic performance as the Sheriff of Nottingham, is all about raping the rape.  Also, hot take, but Kevin Costner is truly terrible - not as terrible as rape, but still terrible. Like, even if you forgive his lack of an English accent – which we did – he’s just staggeringly bad, which we describe as only we can.  We also compare Prince of Thieves to the classic Errol Flynn movie, talk about why this film’s final sword-battle is the epitome of underwhelming (when, you know, it isn’t teasing rape), praise the performance of Morgan Freeman (and even he’s been #MeToo’d), and brutalize the damseling of Marian. But hey, Michael Kamen could really score a movie, so there’s that. Explicit language, some of it about rape – but directed at those portraying it irresponsibly.   

Content Advisory: On behalf of The Irreverent Cineastes Podcast, Andrew and Jon would like to apologize for a glaring omission in this podcast.  At no time during the duration of this work did we adequately spotlight and mock the infamously balding Kevin Costner’s terrible, terrible hairpiece.  That we fell short on properly addressing this pure failure of a follicle replacement is beneath our editorial standards, and we will endeavor in the future to never let such an obvious comedic goldmine go untapped again.  Also: we talk about rape.