Mel Brooks hit’s a bull’s-eye with his comical, yet sweet take on the classic character of Robin Hood. Carey Elwes (Saw series) stars as the hilarious Robin Hood who says “Unlike other Robin Hoods, I can speak with an English accent.” Roger Rees (Cheers) stars as Sheriff of Rottingham as well as Prince John (Richard Lewis) making the perfect spoils for Robin Hood as he tries to win the hand of beautiful fair Maiden Marian (Amy Yasbeck, Wings).
Mel Brooks (Spaceballs, Young Frankenstein) is at top form here in the funny, yet memorable film that makes you laugh while you root for the good guys to do something hilarious to the bad guys. Brooks is a masterful story-teller and is a co-writer here as well as having a cameo in the film as the hilarious Rabbi Tuckman. A scene of note is when Robin and his gang confront the Sheriff and Prince at the Prince’s castle, the characters are funny, yet the action is enjoyable making you look past all the unrealistic things going on. You can’t help but laugh and enjoy it as Brooks intended. A writer or director who can string you along and make you feel what they want you to feel is a master at his craft and Brooks is one of the few when it comes to comedy.
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Former drug kingpin Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino, Righteous Kill) is released from prison on a legal technicality by his cocaine-addicted lawyer David Kleinfeld (Sean Penn, Mystic River) and stuns his former underworld peers by living up to his vow of going straight, turning his back on his former life of crime. If only it were that easy. Carlito finds reason to stick to his guns when he comes across his former love Gail (Penelope Ann Miller, The Messengers) and rekindles their love affair. But everywhere Carlito turns, from his lawyer to his business co-owning a trendy yet somewhat sleazy nightclub where he is reminded of his past by an admiring young up-and-coming gangster Benny Blanco (John Leguizamo, Assault On Precinct 13). Flanked by his right-hand man Pachanga (Luis Guzman, Boogie Nights) he rebuffs Benny’s attempts at buying his idol a drink. No matter what Carlito does his past seems to come back to haunt him and threaten his present and his future. All he knows is this time around, he has to do it Carlito’s Way.
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