Watched Sep 07, 2012
Matt "Cinebro" Conti’s review:
**Part of the Best Picture Project**
What's that? Oh yes. It's Errol Flynn and he's motherfucking Robin Hood. Wanna do something about that? Well guess what? You can't. Know why? Cause he's Errol Flynn.
I regret that minor transgression, but it had to be said. This film would not work without Errol Flynn. He defines the character. He's a dick but he's the absolute coolest dick in a room full of dicks. When you look up the definition of "devilish smile", you'll see Errol's picture there.
The Adventures of Robin Hood is the first true action adventure film in the Best Picture Project (although Wings and Captain Blood may come close), and it's one of the bests for a reason. That reason (beyond Errol Flynn of course) is Curtiz's direction. The action is swift and comprehensible, the Technicolor cinematography is gorgeous, and the sets are fantastic. If you weren't told when this film was made, you'd swear it was straight out of the late 60s. That's how ahead of its time this adventure is. Something must also be said about Korngold's music. It's the absolute BEST. It's exciting, romantic, and purely epic.
So why only 4.5 stars? Well, the story is spread a bit thin. It consists of Robin fucking with Prince John and Sir Guy, but the strength of the action sequences and small character moments is so powerful it almost makes it not matter.
On a side note, if you can, watch this film on Blu-Ray. BEAUTIFUL.