Picks and Pans Review: Robin Hood
First up in the Sherwood sweepstakes, beating Kevin Costner to the cudgel by several fortnights, is this telefilm starring Patrick (Sleeping with the Enemy) Bergin. He plays Robin, the 12th-century Saxon Earl who becomes an outlaw, champion of the people and a nightmare to his Norman overlords (Jurgen Prochnow and Jeroen Krabbe).
Those who like their medieval romance courtly may be shocked at Robin's naughty banter with Marian (Uma Thurman). In fact, the whole project is designed more for adults than children. Bergin lacks a hero's ruggedness, John (Hamburger Hill) Irvin's direction is sluggishly paced, and the action is only adequate.
Still, the film is visually handsome, with carnival-colorful costumes and set design. What it lacks in excitement, the production makes up for in atmosphere.