The quintessential Errol Flynn film, Robin Hood shows the studio system to best advantage, with a perfect melding of cast, production values, musical score, director - I defy you to watch this film and not want to get some green tights and head for the woods.
THE Robin Hood! The colour is sometimes a little bit too extreme compared to films of today and the costumes are the best inspiration for every parody. But it is simply very enjoyable to watch Errol Flynn.
Probably the definitive swashbuckler; a wonderfully spirited version of the Robin Hood legend, embellished by charismatic performances from every member of its formidable cast; Rains and De Havilland both especially good and incomporable Flynn is unforgettable in the lead. Staggeringly beautiful technicolour cinematography and a boisterous score are icing on the cake of a truly wonderous film, which hasn't dated or aged a bit.
This isn't history, and don't look for any kind of peasants' revolt in this gloss on Olde England. This Robin Hood is as much of a monarchist as the David O. Selznick who wept when that other "David", Edward VIII, abdicated. Enough. In Hollywood, history is just a matter of his story. And I'm not sure if this kind of thing was ever done better. The score is not just the perfect accompaniment to this adventure; it is its bloodstream. When people bleed in this film, they bleed music.
Errol Flynn is the perfect Robin Hood. It's funny, exciting, and has a great soundtrack. The costumes are kind of ridiculous though - where did they get the silver and gold trimming, exactly? Not exactly a stealthy option for a band of outlaws.
The script is really hammy and cheesy but the action is entertaining and enjoyable to watch. It's just when they talk you really want to hit fast forward, some really stupid dialogue. I also give it some points for Claude Rains' hair cut because it looks so hilariously terrible. It has some cool stunts but I can't ever imagine wanting to see this again.