What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that medieval graphic violence dominates this film, and that there are some particularly gory moments. The film opens with a painful torture scene, and later a man is burned to death. A man knifes his unsuspecting cousin, an illegitimate (and angry) half-brother appears, a painful childbirth scene (implied caesarian), a hanging, villages are destroyed, innocent children are threatened, explosions, a beloved character dies, and one nearly drowns. There is also an attempted rape, and a scary, creepy witch.
- Families can talk about how Robin Hood's choices are often between the lesser of two evils. Do two wrongs ever make a right? (For example, robbing the rich to feed the poor?) How does the Merry Men's opinion of social justice change throughout the course of the film? What are the class distinctions, how are they portrayed, and how are characters treated due to how they are perceived by others? How does Azeem respond to the racial and religious intolerance he encounters? Other topics include the treatment of women, appropriate use of violence, and how the word "savage" is used in the film.