Pure cinematic confection. What else can I say? Every time this movie comes on, I have to take pause and give it a go. It is bright, the music is lovely and it is a film constantly on the go. It is action packed and has one of the silver screen’s most dynamic and engaging duos – Errol Flynn and Olivia deHavilland. And can I say how much I LOVE Olivia deHavilland. She is so proper and regal.
A simple storyline mixed with almost blinding Technicolor can easily get lost on a generation transfixed with loud explosions and dizzying camera movement. It often makes me wonder what the movie makers of long ago would think of the modern-day motion picture…would they even recognize it as the form they helped pioneer over 100 years ago?
For modern day skeptics who would dismiss The Adventures of Robin Hood as a cheesy, if not cartoon-ish production, I recommend you watch Robin Hood for those very reasons. On subsequent viewings (I have seen it at least 20 times already – probably more) it almost feels like a live-action comic or cartoon but in the best way possible; it is an entertaining piece of movie escapism. The good guys are too good to be true and the bad guys are deliciously villainous.
Trust me you will enjoy every moment of it.
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[…] Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) A personal all time fave and essential viewing for those who want to see the legendary deHavilland/Errol Flynn chemistry is all its Technicolor glory. […]