Plot: The film begins during the time of the Commonwealth, just before the Restoration. Lady Panthea Vyne is harassed by a Cromwellian tax collector into marrying him, but after the wedding they're waylaid by the notorious highwayman Silver Blade (aka Lucius Vyne, Panthea's cousin), who duels the tax collector and kills him, taking his ill-gotten gains to return to the poor. Panthea goes back to her house and pretends it never happened.
|Hugh Grant, buckling his swash|
One of the things I love the most about it is the hamminess. What I want from a villain is a willingness to shout lines like, "Then die - die with your puling, green-stick maid!" Barbara, played by Emma Samms, is fantastically entertaining and even though she's pretty much nastiness incarnate, you kind of want her to win in the end. The movie as a whole is quite dedicated to playing out its clichés with gusto and without apologizing for them.
Costumes: Very surprisingly for a movie of this vintage and quality, the costumes are pretty great.
Unironic Quality Score: Oh, probably 1/5.
Ironic Quality Score: THROUGH THE ROOF. Watch this on a rainy day, when you're down, or with friends - it's an amazing experience.