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"Unlike other Robin Hoods, I have a proper English accent.",
This review is from: Robin Hood - Men In Tights [DVD] (DVD)
Remember these lines from classic Mel Brooks films - "A black sheriff?" "It's good to be king!" etc.? Well now you don't have to. Just watch Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Brooks' second visit to Sherwood Forest, Ca. after his short-lived - and, if memory serves, much funnier - seventies sitcom When Things Were Rotten.
The feeling of being in a malfunctioning timewarp carries through to the casting. You expect Cary Elwes to imitate Errol Flynn, but what you don't expect is the rest of the cast to imitate members of the Mel Brooks stock company - Amy Yasbeck imitates a young Madeline Kahn, Mark Blankfield imitates Marty Feldman, Roger Rees almost avoids imitating Harvey Korman, Dave Chappelle imitates Cleavon Little, Tracey Ullman imitates Cloris Leachman, Richard Lewis does Gene Wilder as Prince John and Brooks imitates Dom De Luise, which is especially odd as Dom De Luise turns up imitating Marlon Brando with a sidekick who's imitating Clint Eastwood (Lord only knows who the Scottish-accented Patrick Stewart is supposed to be imitating as Richard the Lionheart). Weren't any of those people still talking to him?
When the hangman from Blazing Saddles turns up, camper than ever, it's less of an in-joke than a sign of desperation. Brooks is too funny for it to be entirely redundant and it's certainly better than Dracula, Dead and Loving It, but the good moments are few and far between and amount to no more than a movie trailer's worth. The film could certainly have done with being a good 15 minutes shorter and a straighter face would have helped. With Brooks' audio commentary recorded for the laserdisc conspicuous by its absence on the DVD (though it can be found on the region-free US BluRay, alongside two featurettes), this is for completists only.