While it’s not up to the standards of Blazing Saddles or Young Frankenstein, Robin Hood: Men in Tights is one of Mel Brooks‘ better later efforts and arguably his best ’90s film. This riff on the Merry Men legend (and, particularly, a certain Kevin Costner take on it that was released a couple of years earlier) benefits greatly from Brooks’ casting of two actors who would make a great Robin of Loxley and Maid Marian even in a more straight-faced adaptation; indeed, you’ll wish there had been a companion piece in which Cary Elwes and Amy Yasbeck had been able to play their roles, you know, for real. These two keep everything anchored as Brooks is once again the guy with a lampshade on his head at four in the morning even after everyone else has gone home; the writer-director-player-host’s constant and ever-exhausting need to entertain would’ve gotten old a lot earlier if he hadn’t recruited such strong leads for the shenanigans. That said, Men in Tights is definitely good for some laughs, with Dave Chappelle providing some of the heartiest in his feature film debut (as Ahchoo, son of Asneeze, played by Isaac Hayes) and Patrick Stewart classing up the joint as King Richard.
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