I love to watch a movie like this just to get a feel for the era. Look at the poster, how "technicolor" is written in rainbow letters. Color movies were a big deal in the 30s, and this movie sure as hell knows it. Everyone wears brightly colored clothes, there are lots of sunny outdoor environments, and it's never really dark. Of course, that's just one little aspect of this huge movie, perhaps the definitive Robin Hood film.
Great sets, great costumes (except Robin Hood's), great color, and plenty of swashbuckling adventures! I would have rated it higher but it's not really my sort of movie. Too much camp and the escapades are for a younger (or earlier) generation. I know Robin was dressed as expected, but I found it distrubing to see him prancing through the woods looking like Tinkerbell. All the same, I'll be watching it again for the sets and the costumes!
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.
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.
Everything you've heard about Errol Flynn being one of Hollywood's most charismatic icons hold true, and the brilliant technicolor productions would fool anyone about when this was made; it's timeless because of that. Having watched (and loved) Mel Brooks' "Men in Tights" parody a dozen times prior to watching this made the experience ever more enjoyable; it would make for a very entertaining double bill, as I believe they mutually enhance each other.
It's a pity that the poster is in black and white because this must be one of the first movies in beautiful colors. Great adventure and a beautiful old movie with superstar Errol Flynn. Robin Hood is a legend and many children will like it too. I've read that this movie had cost 2 million dollar in 1938.