The Adventures of Robin Hood #MovieReview

Film 326 in the ‘1001 films to see before you die’ challenge is 1938’s “The Adventures of Robin Hood”. Directed by Michael Curtiz & William Keighley, this action adventure romance is about a Saxon knight who, in King Richard’s absence in the Holy Land during the Crusades, fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla band against Prince John and the Norman lords oppressing the Saxon commoners. Not gonna lie, I did find this film to drag for the majority of it’s duration. One of the first things I noted down was that the film didn’t look like it was from the late 30’s but it sure as hell felt like one. I think that annoys me the most about the film is that it wasn’t filmed in England. It was filmed in Pasadena, California. Besides that, I thought the film was alright but nothing you should rush out and watch. My question to the audience is:- Who is the best actor to portray Robin Hood in either film or TV? Errol Flynn? Russell Hicks? Russell Crowe? Martin Potter? Let me know in the comments your answers. Also, if you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1938’s “The Adventures of Robin Hood”.
Poster - Adventures of Robin Hood, The_02.jpgFilm – The Adventures of Robin Hood
Year – 1938
Director – Michael Curtiz & William Keighley
Written by – Norman Reilly Raine, Seton I. Miller
Staring – Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone
IMDb Rating – 8/10
My Rating – 6/10
Length – 102 min  (1h 42min)
Genre – Action, Adventure, Romance

Shout out to Irving Rapper – What a name


This doesn’t look like a film from the late 30’s

Those candles look plastic


Was he about to skin a deer?

Oh, hey Robin Hood

So… Is King Richard the good guy in this?

And like a cowardly heel Prince John rides away

So… We’re in Nottinghamshire???? OK then

Wait a minute!!! IMDb says this was made in Pasadena, California – PASADENA IS NOT IN ENGLAND!!!

And here we see why the north and south of England don’t like each other

Is this what it’s like at The Houses of Commons?

Remember that deer I killed? Well you can have it as a present

So… Robin’s meal is two roast chickens?!?

So… They are taxing The Saxons so The King can release his brother from an Austrian prison?!

Shout out to the man from Leeds

So.. You have ginger hair but your goatee is blonde?!? – Did they have Just For Men back then?

For a film rated U/E there is a lot of people getting stabbed by arrows

Did Robin just kill two guards by throwing a bench at them?

You’re clearly in front of a green screen

Robin just shot someone in the dick!

Is it me or am I the only one who’s playing that one Bryan Adams song in their heads throughout?

And The King has put a death note on Robin

Hello stranger, fancy meeting you on this log over the river

You two duel, I’ll be here playing music

Robin just fell in the river but his hat remains dry

And Little John has joined Robin’s gang


Reading – Sounds like Prince John’s on a murder rampage


We then find The Friar snoring by a tree

Nice of Robin to do Friar’s fishing for him

Look fat man, you will give me a piggy back ride across this river

Friar’s cheating! He just raked at Robin’s nose!

Why do all of Robin’s fights end up in rivers?

Remember earlier I said this film didn’t look like a film from the late 30’s… It sure feels like one

34 minutes in and I somewhat know what’s happening – It’s just taking a while to get to the climax

Sir Guy? Terrible name and a terrible fleet as he’s just been robbed by Robin

Those look like some rough falls

Well that’s one way to flirt with the enemies women

This woman doesn’t care about anything

Is that a fried duck?

Taking from the rich and giving to the poor – Sounds like a good idea

See rich woman, your greed caused these poor people’s houses to be burnt down

Return back to Nottingham Castle as you are you bastards

So… Has rich woman had a change of heart – I have no idea what her name is?

One of the Prince’s men suggests an archery tournament to capture Robin

Time for the archery tournament where the winner gets… a golden arrow!

So…. We’re not gonna mention how Sir Guy & Co. got their change of clothes?

It’s taken me 54 minutes to know Rich Woman’s name – It’s Marion

Why is Robin dressed like a homeless wizard?

Look… I’m leaving for Norwich in the morning so do what you want with Robin when I leave

And Robin wins the tournament

All those men and not one of them can grab Robin

And just as I type that, Robin gets arrested

Starting to fall asleep a little to this

So… Sir Guy is now in charge and sentenced Robin to be hanged by morning

Those head rests that Marion has been wearing are horrible

Marion visits Robin’s camp to join their camp

Time to hang Robin in front a capacity audience

It’s only now that we’ve had our first pair of ripped tights

Marion’s plan actually worked and Robin escapes on a horse with his gang

Did Robin just sneak into Marion’s room?

“When he’s between your legs, he’s as weak as water” – Is that how you describe sex?

So… If you don’t love Robin then why did you let him live?

Oh wait… She’s changed her mind and just kissed Robin

So… Did Marion agree to be a spy for Robin at the castle?

Who’s this man?

Doesn’t matter he’s left

And Prince John has returned and his men plan to kill King Richard by the fire

Wait… John and Guy are brothers?!?

Why does Marion’s mother look like a garden gnome?

And Marion’s has been caught for helping the enemy

Really? You’re gonna kill a woman with a sword? IN 48 HOURS!??!

Really dragging now

Wait… Who’s he?


Time to make Prince John a King

Bit late on that music cue there guards

Ah… John and Richard are brothers! Not John and Guy


How to kill a bunch of guards in one go – Drop a table on them

You guys fight, I’m off to free Marion

See, I am a nice guy, I’ll give you your sword back so we can resume fighting

That was a good shot with the shadows

And Guy has been killed by Robin

Robin’s clearly bent his sword

Doesn’t matter because his army will have all the enemy swords

And John and his men have been banished from England by order of Richard

And Richard just married Robin & Marion – Can Kings be priests?



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