The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

This 1938 Robin Hood film with Errol Flynn in the lead role not only is a lot of fun, but also has a special energy, good-naturedness, and flair that I don’t think any of the later famous film adaptations ever really managed to capture.

It’s a great visual spectacle that hones in on the inherently uplifting nature of the Robin Hood legend. It’s a fantastical adventure (rooted enough in history to feel “authentic”) with a truly gorgeous colour palette – it’s so damn bright!

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Above all else, it’s so much fun. While there’s comedy, there’s little irony – the heroism here is played straight, and the ensuing light-heartedness and good-naturedness becomes infectious. It’s a delightful classic. I give it four merry men, and a bow.

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