Sunday, March 20, 2011

We're Men...We're Men In Tights...

Like me they go around the forest looking for fights.

I will begin this review by saying that Mel Brooks is one of my comedy heroes. In fact he is one of the reasons why I wanted to do comedy. I have seen all of his movies and works and I have to say, with a few minor bumps (Life Stinks being one of them), the man knows how to do a parody film and he knows how to do it right.

I am posting this review as a comparison piece to Vampires Suck (one of the worst comedies I have seen in my entire life). This film is an example on how you do a spoof. You stick to the subject matter that you are parodying yet at the same time add some relevant and timeless humor that people can relate to.

With that said, Robin Hood: Men In Tights is the second to last film that he has directed in his entire career 
(he is still acting as a voice actor and producer) and this film still has Brooks' signature flair but it does have some flaws.

One of the flaws with this film is the pacing. The beginning and the end of the film flows beautifully, but the problem is with the middle of the film. The middle of the film seems to slow down a bit, but when it hits the "Men In Tights" musical sequence, the movie begins to pick up its pace again.

The other flaw with this movie is the rap group sequence in the beginning and the end of the film. I understand that Brooks' was trying to make fun of hip-hop, but knowing how he makes fun of pop-culture, this bit gives the impression that Brooks' treats hip-hop as a passing fad as opposed to a genuine form of music (then again with the current hip-hop trends with rappers rapping about opulence and objectifying women as opposed to what is going on with the world, this one is warranted in some respects).

There are some jokes that do fall flat and some that were timely then, are not as relevant now.

Overall, Robin Hood: Men In Tights has its flaws and it may not be as strong as Brooks' previous works, it still holds up as a comedy and it clearly does a great job making fun of the Robin Hood mythos while adding that Brooks' signature humor. Although some of the humor is outdated and the jokes are not as strong as the ones in his previous films, but as a Mel Brooks film, Robin Hood: Men In Tights carries its weight just fine, unlike Brumhilda's horse.

Mel Brooks, if by some off chance you are reading this review (I highly doubt it) please direct another parody film and show those assholes who made awful movies such as Disaster Movie, Vampires Suck and Date Movie how comedy and parodies are really done.

My name is Maricruz Gonzalez and I'm the Movie Bitch... because somebody has to be.

Stay Sassy Planet Earth!



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