This depiction of Norman/Saxon England is a boggy and dark affair. The set dressing and costume department went for authenticity rather than the more romantic vision I'm used to. This "warts and all" presentation is a bold and daring step which might 'look right' but some of the scenes are shrouded by a misty and overcast air even when indoors. Although the tale is familiar, I found parts of the screenplay quite refreshing especially when making reference to Norman overlords in a Saxon land. I struggled with the first class cast, Jurgen Prochnow chews some his dialogue but even as a villain he has strong and sympathetic scripting. When we first meet our Robin (Patrick Bergin) a heavy cloak slopes his shoulders making him look a rather weedy nobleman. His foolish pride brands him an outlaw and whilst he doesn't transform into the squared jawed hero I'm used too, he's energetic enough during the action scenes and has a real sense of fun about him. Uma Therman is a rather dour looking Marion, her acting chops get her through the part well enough but dowdy costumes and her having to play the part of a boy during the middle segment dampened the romantic aspects for me. I remember seeing this at the cinema and being rather dissappointed by it, although since then I've come to appreciate it's subtle merits. Rather like the more recent Ridly Scott version, the movie ends but the story doesn't; Robin takes the castle, and then marries Marion, jarringly though, in terms of storytelling, Prince John is still a force to be reconed with. The final shot of the wedding is a bit odd, the clouds part to reveal a sunny sky as members of the cast gaze upwards in genuine wonder. The social aspects of the scripting and the authentic approach to production did detract from the idea that this is supposed to be entertainment but having said that, it's still a really decent movie and a refreshing take on the tale. One thing is sure, I wont have to wait too long before someone has another crack at it.