HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Invisible Man, The
Honey Boy
System Crasher
Judy & Punch
Bacurau
Battling Butler
Vivarium
Seven Chances
Dogs Don't Wear Pants
Navigator, The
Knives Out
Hit!
Charlie's Angels
Passport to Shame
Le Mans '66
Keep Fit
Doctor Sleep
Friend or Foe
Brass Target
Mine and the Minotaur, The
Sky Pirates
Syncopation
Sea Children, The
Ghost of a Chance, A
Go Kart Go
Great Buster, The
Seventy Deadly Pills
Wings of Mystery
Treasure at the Mill
VFW
Crime Wave
Terminator: Dark Fate
Slithis
Antonio Gaudi
Oscar, The
Color Out of Space
Last Holiday
Zombieland: Double Tap
Mind Benders, The
Mighty Wind, A
   
 
Newest Articles
Put the Boot In: Villain on Blu-ray
The Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol. 2: Vic Pratt Interview
All the Lonely People: Sunday Bloody Sunday on Blu-ray
Desperate Characters: Beat the Devil on Blu-ray
Chansons d'Amour: Alfie Darling on Blu-ray
Ozploitation Icon: Interview with Roger Ward
Godzilla Goes to Hollywood
Demy-Wave: The Essential Jacques Demy on Blu-ray
The Makings of a Winner: Play It Cool! on Blu-ray
Sony Channel's Before They Were Famous: A Galaxy of Stars
Start Worrying and Hate the Bomb: Fail-Safe on Blu-ray
Completely Different: Monty Python's Flying Circus Series 2 on Blu-ray
Bash Street Kid: Cosh Boy on Blu-ray
Seeing is Believing: Being There on Blu-ray
Top Thirty Best (and Ten Worst) Films of the 2010s by Andrew Pragasam
Top of the Tens: The Best Films of the Decade by Graeme Clark
Terrorvision: A Ghost Story for Christmas in the 1970s
Memories Are Made of This: La Jetee and Sans Soleil on Blu-ray
Step Back in Time: The Amazing Mr. Blunden on Blu-ray
Crazy Cats and Kittens: What's New Pussycat on Blu-ray
No Place Like Home Guard: Dad's Army - The Lost Episodes on Blu-ray
A Real-Life Pixie: A Tribute to Michael J. Pollard in Four Roles
We're All In This Together: The Halfway House on Blu-ray
Please Yourselves: Frankie Howerd and The House in Nightmare Park on Blu-ray
Cleesed Off: Clockwise on Blu-ray
   
 
  Adventures of Robin Hood, The
Year: 1938
Director: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley
Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Patric Knowles, Eugene Pallette, Alan Hale, Melville Cooper, Ian Hunter, Una O'Connor, Herbert Mundin, Montagu Love
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Historical, AdventureBuy from Amazon
Rating:  8 (from 5 votes)
Review: It’s years since I used to watch Errol Flynn movies on the telly, when they were screened on Sunday afternoons in flickering black and white. So it’s a real treat to see this film, also starring Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone and Claude Rains, in Glorious Technicolor made even more glorious by the techni-genius of digital transfer to DVD.

It’s quite surprising to see the picturebook-bright colours in fact, but they work brilliantly, giving the film an authentic fairytale look, just as if your favorite story came to life. Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s music is of couse fantastic. The costumes too are wonderful - the men strut their stuff in pantomime boots and tights, Maid Marian floats about Nottingham Castle in a series of slinky 30s evening gowns, and King Richard arrives with his entire head concealed beneath a large bucket.

The script is workaday, and the direction no more than adequate, but the cast does wonders with the story and the jokes, the romance, and the excitement are all there - minus of course the ketchup. When things get bloody, Robin Hood cuts to red wine dripping on the floor or spilling out of a barrel.

Finally, this is a great film for Spot The Influences. Meet the joking swashbuckler, the hero dropping into the saddle from a great height, the last minute rescue from the scaffold, the first screen attack by a star wielding an obviously stuffed animal, etc, etc... So when you are next forced to watch the most recent Zorro, Pirate, Alexander, Troy, Nonsense-Fest... spare a thought for sexy Errol Flynn (Mr Thighs and Cheeky Grin), the star who did it all 70 years ago. With no computer tricks.

Oh and the hosses are good, too.
Reviewer: Samantha David

 

This review has been viewed 8779 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (1)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
  Butch Elliot
Andrew Pragasam
  Rachel Franke
Enoch Sneed
Paul Smith
Paul Shrimpton
   

 

Last Updated: