May 1, 2009

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Title: The Adventures of Robin Hood
Year: 1938
Directors: Michael Curtiz & William Keighley
Writers: Norman Reilly Raine & Seton I. Miller
Starring: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains
Music: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Score, Best Art Direction and Best Editing; Oscar nomination for Best Picture; currently #200 on IMDb's Top 250
Synopsis: rebel challenges usurper
Length: 102 minutes
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), December 2008
Subjective Rating: 7/10 8/10 (Great).
Objective Rating: 7/10 (points off for pacing, cinematography and special effects/design) c. 3.0/4 (Good).

Slow in places, but fun. The score is perfect. It's an extremely dated movie (although a hell of a lot better than the Kevin Costner remake), but the DVD makes the most of that by including a period cartoon, musical short and news reel clip.

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