Yay, I did it! I actually sat down and watched one of the classic movies I thought I’d never get myself to watch. See this previous post for a list of some of those movies. That may not seem like something to get excited about, but if you knew how little patience I have for watching the kind of movies I typically don’t like, you’d know how big of an accomplishment that is for me.
After I wrote that post, I was encouraged by the reviews of a couple of my fellow classic movie bloggers to watch The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Errol Flynn and Olivia De Havilland, which I did last week.
The main thing that was keeping me from watching that movie is that it is an adventure film set in the year 1191, and that is so different from the type of movie I usually enjoy watching. But after reading a review by Audrey from the blog Fedoras and High Heels, I realized that out of all the movies on my list, it was the one I was most likely to enjoy. I figured even if I didn’t like the setting, I would at least be captivated by the beautiful Technicolor images and the charm of Olivia De Havilland and Errol Flynn.
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You can read Audrey’s review here, and while you’re there make sure you stay a while and check out more of her wonderful blog. She provides really informative reviews, includes lots of great pictures, and writes about many other things vintage or retro. I’d also like to give a shout out to Jandy from the collaborative film website Row Three, who was kind enough to stop by and offer her thoughts on The Adventures of Robin Hood and the other movies on my list. Her high praise of the movie was confirmation that it was one worth watching. You can find her contributions to the Row Three website here. Jandy writes great articles about both classic and modern films so she provides something for movie fans of all eras to enjoy.
A Timeless Romance
So were they right, did I like the movie? I’d definitely have to say yes. That’s not to say there weren’t things I didn’t like about it. I’d still prefer a movie set in more modern times, and I got a bit bored with some of the fighting and chase scenes, but overall I found the movie to be fun and entertaining, the vivid colors to be beautiful, and the chemistry of Olivia De Havilland and Errol Flynn to be enchanting.
The romance between their two characters, Maid Marian and Robin Hood, brought such a timeless aspect to the movie that it ultimately didn’t matter what the time period of the movie was. The two made a total of 8 movies together, and it wasn’t difficult to see why they were paired together so often.
Excellent performances by other great actors such as Claude Rains, Basil Rathbone, Eugene Pallette, and Alan Hale also made the movie worth watching. So if pre-conceived notions about the movie are stopping you from watching The Adventures of Robin Hood like they did with me for so long, I would definitely encourage you to give it a try. The movie is available as both a single DVD or as a two-disc special edition DVD from the Turner Classic Movie shop.
If you have watched The Adventures in Robin Hood, what are your thoughts on the movie?