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A family-friendly film, this fictional story "Princess of Thieves" centers on Robin Hood's almost-grown teenage daughter, Gwyn (Kiera Knightley). While King Richard lies dying (off at the crusades), his illegitimate son (& rightful heir), Prince Phillip (Stephen Moyer) must bravely face danger & the mercenaries hired by Prince John (Richard's evil brother) to travel across England & ascend the throne. The tempestuous father/daughter relationship between Robin Hood & Gwyn must be overcome (Gwyn is angry with her father, as he is gone all the time & won't let her join his band of merry men), in order that they might help Phillip to his rightful place as ruler, foiling the plans of the evil Prince John. But when Phillip & Gwyn meet by chance under false circumstances, anthing & everything could happen...
For those of you worried about content, this is a very family-friendly movie: there is some mild romantic tension & a time when a woman dressed as a man ends up atop another man for a few seconds (clothes on, they were fighting), there is some killing/death (nothing too drastic or bloody shown) and there is mild violence as people fight. Beyond this, there is little to object to...
I was quite impressed by this film: I gave it 4 out of 5 stars for the fictional nature of the story and cheese factor, but I must say I really did like this movie & have watched it quite a few times: a sweet, sweet story with some good actors/actresses, I would recommend this as a nice break from everyday fare & a good film for the whole family to watch!
Revolving around the attempts of Robin Hood (and subsequently Gwyn) to safely transport King Richards illegitimate son Phillip to London in an effort to thwart Prince John's designs on the English throne. The movie has enough action to keep the young ones happy and enough drama and romance to make it a diverting picture for the adults.
Kudos also to director Peter Hewitt for providing a light commentary on this DVD.
Even still the acting is decent and the production values are good. A relatively light adventure film that the family can enjoy. A romance develops between Gwen and Prince Phillip as he tries to hide from Prince John and the Sheriff of Notingham. Good quality DVD but no extras. Fans of family oriented Disney movies should enjoy it.
The positive aspects of this film begins with the location of the filming. Listening to the commentary points out many interesting facts about Romania and filming in general. There is a very excellent film sequence near the beginning showing progressive growth of Gwyn as she awakes in the morning over an approximate 10 year period. For Star Trek fans there is a very funny little aside where the director refers to 2 of his characters as looking like Klingons and they really do. Keira Knightley is superb in this film. I believe that this film role will one day be seen as a classic for it embodies everything she potentially brings to the screen, but does so in a very family friendly story. I really like this actress, but don't care to follow her harder edged characterizations in some other films. I realize my conservative opinion on this and respect her right to pursue her career as she sees fit. The horses are fantastic. You learn from the commentary that they had difficulty with the wild natured Romanian horses and it is fun to see evidence of this on screen. Look for the roving dogs also.
The negative qualities of this film are mostly humorous. The fight sequences are very tame, which is good for a family film. Keira is never physically convincing as a "boy", but all films require some amount of imaginative play.Read more ›
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Love this movie. Clean and plenty of action. Even my teen boys like it. Great twist on the popular Robin Hood story.Published 23 days ago by Janine O
Good storyline on Robin hood. Wish it had more extras. Great condition.Published 7 months ago by Rachel
Bought this for our granddaughter who loved the film. She immediately decided to be Robin Hood's daughter for Halloween. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Phillip J. Holmer