Princess of Thieves

"Grim"

Princess of Thieves Review


Like father, like daughter, right? This Disney fable continues the legend of Robin Hood via his young daughter Gwyn (Keira Knightley, who had a small part as Amidala's #6 assistant in Star Wars: Episode I), who chops off her long locks and follows in dear old dad's footsteps (literally -- she has a romance with a royal, enters an archery tournament in disguise, and fights the evil king). The plot is virtually indistinguishable from the traditional tale, only with a zit-free, teeth-whitened, Disney Channel-friendly kid in the lead and the ultimate goal being to save dad from execution. Gulp! (Well, don't worry, it's all tamely G-rated, or essentially so.)

The adult-worthy stuff is minimal. Malcolm McDowell plays the wicked Sherriff of Nottingham, over-the-top, but that's really what this tepid story needs. (Speaking of which, it could also use a dose of historical reality, unless history really has forgotten the rule of King Philip, son of Richard the Lionheart... ahem.) Knightley will likely find a small following of preteen girls who want to follow in her medieval tomboy footsteps, but most viewers will find themselves a bit bored. Why? This story's been told a million times before -- and while Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves may not be the greatest telling of it, at least Kevin Costner was believable as a male. Sorry Keira, but you just don't look like a dude, no matter how you the disguise.



Princess of Thieves

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Run time: 88 mins

In Theaters: Sunday 11th March 2001

Production compaines: Granada Entertainment

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

IMDB: 5.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Peter Hewitt

Producer:

Starring: as Gwyn, David Barrass as Cardaggian, as Sheriff of Nottingham, Hannah Cresswell as Marion, as Robin Hood, as Will Scarlett, as Friar Tuck, as Prince John

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