Quick recap: Robin Hood- that guy who stole from the rich to give to the poor and who also had an enormous tights budget, apparently.
Fun (?) fact: The sound of Robin’s arrow can be found in nearly all of the Star Wars films.
My thoughts: The Disney version of Robin Hood was a favorite of mine as a kid so it was neat to see where so many of the scenes came from and to appreciate how perfect the animals were for each role. Robin Hood is totally a fox! Bess is definitely a hen! This is normally where I would put up a picture as reference but even I was surprised by the amount of Furry pictures related to this movie.
The lore of Robin Hood has been around for centuries, proving that people always love a good hero story. After watching the movie, even I briefly considered learning how to sword fight because it looked so badass. Despite being made in 1938, I think the film could still have an impact on younger generations, if they would give it a chance. Youths, you know. The story is a bit more complicated than your typical adventure movie, but I think it still resonates.
Errol Flynn made for a great Robin Hood, and I loved how amused he seemed by everything, even when he was captured at the archery tournament. From what I have seen in these early adventure films (The Thief of Bagdad comes to mind), heroes didn’t take themselves too seriously, despite knowing that they were fighting evil. I can see how the story of Robin Hood could’ve been a dark one, and there is plenty implied in this version about the suffering of the Saxons, but I prefer something a little more lighthearted.
The few drawbacks from the film were little things, like the weird accents that faded into different nationalities and the use of TECHNICOLOR. I love color as much as the next guy, but this was a bit overkill. When it is called TECHNICOLOR though, I wouldn’t expect any less.
Final review: 4/5.
Up next: The Day the Earth Stood Still