Of course it’s the Mel Brooks movie, and sadly it’s his penultimate feature as writer/director. It came out to capitalise on the success of 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. And unsurprisingly, it’s a parody of the source material, with the story pretty much the same. Except that its intentionally funny.
It doesn’t reach the heights of Brooks’s 60s and 70s work, like The Producers or Young Frankenstein, or even his ’80s film Spaceballs, but it has plenty of laughs. The choice of Cary Elwes for the lead role was perfect. He’s in another great parody of fantasy stuff, playing Dread Pirate Roberts in The Princess Bride. It also features a very young Dave Chappellee, plus the usual cast of Brooks’s movies. Cameos from Patrick Stewart, Isaac Hayes and many more spice it up.
It would be hard to top his three biggest films, but it’s plenty of fun. The Disney Robin Hood and the Errol Flynn classic also come in for a skewering. Elwes’s resemblance to Flynn certainly helps. The result is a decent, but not astonishing, Mel Brooks parody. The jokes are lot less focused, with routines that are a variation of some of the directors older material. That makes for a hit-and-miss comedy.
The disc includes a five-minute archival making of.