ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS
DIRECTOR: MEL BROOKS
CINEMATOGRAPHY: MICHAEL D. O'SHEA
MUSIC: HUMMIE MANN
WRITTEN BY: MEL BROOKS
CAST: Cary Elwes (Robin), Richard Lewis (Prince John), Roger Rees (Mervyn), Amy Yasbeck (Maid Marian), Mark Blanksfield, David Chapelle, Isaac Hayes, Dom DeLoiuse, Tracy Ullman (Latrine)
ONE WORD: Oh well, more Mel's fun and silliness.
Getting ready to go see a Mel Brooks film is not fun. Everyone has an opinion on it. And everyone loves to hate it, or is it hate to love it.?
Despite this earth shattering dilemma that probably none of Mel's films will ever be a masterpiece, they are still a lot of fun to catch. Be it when you are on vacation (and HBO is plastering you with it), or at the theatre, one thing is clear. There are going to be gags that will stand out and make you laugh. It is just a shame that Mel does not have access to the factory that created the Roger Rabbit insanity, because if he did, he could get as close to a cartoon as Warner Brothers did many years ago. If there is a fault in his films, it seems, it is that he can not go any further with real people in his gags. A cartoon atmosphere would give him a chance to go totaly crazy.
The story is familiar, and it follows it with the exception of a key point. That one you will have to follow it yourself.
The performances are funny, the film is entertaining (widely recommended if your house is in upheaval), and some of the gags are good. But breaking into a song right out of the port-a-privy's is a bit on the .... geeeeeeee side of things.
A good all around Mel Brooks film. But the English satires on one of their heroes are usually better and weirder. but they don't have the budgets that Mel does.
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