Robin Hood: Tell Me Your Favourite Movie Version

Robin Hood is one of my favourite folk heroes. Who could resist stories of an outlaw that steals from the rich and gives to the poor? Displaced, cast out, with a price on his head, the idea of Robin Hood, a rebel for the ages, has infinite appeal. At least, for me!

But I love myths and legends. King Arthur, Templar Knights! Tell me all your medieval favourites. I used to read a lot of medieval romances, Julie Garwood, Johanna Lindsay, Jude Deveraux. Writers with “J” names are very good at this, it seems. Castles, ladies of the keep, witches, knights, villainous villains, swords and poisonings. Oh my gosh, those books have the best bad guys!

Back to the movies and which were my favourite versions and which one was a huge disappointment.

We rented the newest Robin Hood version on the weekend. I was excited! I love Jamie Foxx! I wanted it to be good. It was not. It was terrible. Mine boggling terrible. The costumes were ridiculous. The plot holes were large enough to drive a team of horses through. At one point, my husband asked if we were actually going to finish watching it. We did, but once was enough. More than enough.

I’m not a huge Russell Crowe fan, but I love him as Robin Hood. Sigh. Almost as much as I love Cate Blanchett as Lady Mariann. I love that they are mature characters, in both temperament and age. There’s also a great cast of secondary characters. And I love that the legend begins when the movie ends. This is my favourite version, so far. It’s one of those movies I watch when I’m in need of comfort. It hits all my buttons. Every time.

Followed ever so closely by Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves. Despite his abysmal attempt at an accent, Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood will forever have a place in my heart. But ahead of him, is Alan Rickman’s Sheriff Of Nottingham and Morgan Freeman’s Azeem. This is another version I could watch over and over again.

My love of the legend probably began with this movie version that I saw in the theatre as a young girl in 1973. It might have been the first movie that I remember seeing in the theatre. I was enchanted by the legend, the characters, and the music.

Until next time…

If there are other versions of the Robin Hood story that you’ve loved, let me know. I’d love to check them out!

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4 thoughts on “Robin Hood: Tell Me Your Favourite Movie Version

  1. I’m not as big a fan of Robin Hood as you are, though I do love the idea of a thief who takes from the rich and gives to the poor. Maybe we could use a modern version of Robin Hood these days! I have only seen the Kevin Costner version, and the animated version, so I can’t say I have a favorite. But I know for sure I won’t bother watching the newest version!

    • Hi Jana! No, don’t bother! And a modern day telling of Robin Hood is a story idea that is always in the back of my mind. I just haven’t found the right story yet!

  2. Thanks for the heads up on the newest version of Robin Hood – was looking forward to it as, like you, I am a big fan of Robin Hood. Russel Crowe’s rendition has to be my favourite 🙂

    • Hi Janet! I would definitely recommend checking out the newest version once its available for free, and maybe not even then. And I think I also love the Russell Crowe version because it has Alan Doyle from the Bare Naked Ladies! 🙂

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