Beyond Sherwood Forest
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Fair warning, if you only enjoy movies about legends and medieval settings that are 100% historically accurate then you are simply going to hate this movie.
Sorry, it cannot be helped.
Move along, move along, there is nothing to see here for you.
For those of you that enjoy a romp outside firmly bounded, scripted interpretations of legendary themes, press on!
"Beyond Sherwood Forest" is a play on the traditional Robin Hood tale, except that Robin's father is killed by Malcolm (played by Julian Sands) while the Sheriff and his men are out hunting a dragon.
It turns out that the dragon is a lycanthrope played by Katharine Isabelle. Malcolm captures the woman and keeps her imprisoned for thirteen years.
Julian Sands does a fantastic job as the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. What Sands does with a glance would take many actors three pages of dialogue. He comes off as both ruthless while still not entirely understanding the forces that he is using. (I will not spoil the movie, but his choice of an "insurance policy" from the dragon is top flight and makes sense.)
Robin Dunne does an entirely adequate job of playing Robin Hood. The story is a bit different than traditional versions. Robin is not a nobleman in this version; so, Robin does not have to have an underlying noble ethic or air. The local townspeople grow to hate Robin for the troubles that he brings on them from the royalty. This is utterly logical. I like it!
While not as odious as the rapping scenes from "a Knight's Tale," Erica Durance plays a strictly anachronistic Maid Marian.Read more ›
Although I didn't care for the killing off of Friar Tuck I thought it had its interesting takes on the Robin Hood mythos. Robin Dunne was adequate as Robin of Locksley and Erica Durance made an adventurous Marian.
I think a larger budget could have made the scenery more convincing but I understand in this day that money is tight.
Over all, i was satisfied with this made for TV straight to DVD movie.
Why would I expect critical acclaim or awards? It probably won't happen so anyone being critical of what is meant to be light entertainment is overstating an opinion that doesn't need to be stated any longer (beating a dead horse, kicking it, beating it again, ad nauseum). If you like SyFy made B movies you will probably enjoy this one as well. My only critique is the killing of Friar Tuck. I not only like the character but Dow as well so it was unfortunate they felt the need to eliminate him. Fans of fantasy movies will probably find it watchable, and certainly a decent background while you pay the bills or work on your web page. Reasonble price and decent storyline, directing, acting, special effects, and music inclined me to add it to my DVD library. If you enjoyed this be sure to catch Dungeons and Dragons/Dungeons and Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is all about the dragon, the best feature in this movie, but it is under utilized..........more's the pity. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Einsatz
For those who want a historically accurate depiction of the Legend of Robin Hood....Seriously? When the trailer and cover feature a dragon?!? Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ryuu
This has an unexpected twist to it. I'll be watching this again.
No, I'm not revealing what the twist is. For that, you'll have to watch it.
robin hood like you have never seen him before
here besides fighting against the sheriff of nottingham and prince john he is also fighting against a dragon
robin hood as... Read more