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Last of Robin Hood!!

04 Sep

The revues are out about the film Last of Robin Hood and they are not very nice. Here are two of them.

www.redeyechicago.com…

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Steve

— tassie devil

 
 

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  1. zacal

    September 5, 2014 at 3:31 am

    Thanks for the heads up, Steve. I’m not completely surprised, following the somewhat weak-looking trailers. The second review is more forgiving and credits Kevin Kline’s performance. Both reviews make references to old Hollywood as apparently being more “forgiving” towards the illicit relationship. Does the movie not reference the rape trial? Surprising, given the danger Flynn put himself in by dating Beverly. I’d read that his parents were very upset by their relationship. Oh well, I’ll still see it if only for the casting. 500efc75d5705.preview-620.jpg

     
    • timerider

      September 5, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      Kline looks like Sean Rio’s long lost uncle in these photos!

       
  2. zacal

    September 5, 2014 at 3:32 am

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    • timerider

      September 5, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      The big hairy chest just doesn’t fit in!

       
  3. Gentleman Tim

    September 5, 2014 at 4:10 am

    What a shame. This confirms why it was so ill-advised to make this movie. Making a film about Errol Flynn obviously compels a premier script, top-level production, and funds sufficient to communicate the uniquely astonishing life of Errol Flynn. It appears the film missed on all three, resulting in a “boring”, “low budget looking” film, unworthy of the Big Screen, where the Great Errol Flynn belongs. As we here all know, Errol despised mediocrity.

    We’re fortunate Kevin, Susan, and Dakota (and others) saved the film to the extent they could. All those who did their best should be commended. This particular movie was apparently doomed for mediocrity before it ever set sail. It’s ill-conceived aim, poor script & screenplay, inadequate and unsuited directorial team, and grossly insufficient budget, made it unworthy for sailing the high seas. Telling the story of Errol Flynn requires a world-class yacht. It can’t be told with a john-boat.

    Let’s all help make the next one a masterpiece!

    www.jconline.com…

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    Upward & onward!

     
  4. rswilltell

    September 5, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Last Of Robin Hood has finally opened today in Chicago and the mid-west. The two major newspaper reviews on the film are mixed.
    The film critic of the Chicago Tribune, Michael Philiips gives it 2 1/2 stars or just passsbly entertaining.

    The film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times, Richard Roeper gives it a good 3 stars review. Both critics praise Kevin Kline and Susan Sarandan’s performance but pan Dakota Fanning as a weak actress. Decide for yourself when you see it. Ralph

     
  5. Inga

    September 5, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    It’s always best to judge for oneself about any movie, without being influenced by reviews. That’s what I will do if ever I get to see it. I am happy that a film about Flynn has been made that appears to be respectful of him. There are quite a lot of positive reviews out there:

    www.villagevoice.com…

    www.nydailynews.com…

    www.newsday.com…

    nypost.com…

    www.independent.com…

    www.cleveland.com…

     
    • Gentleman Tim

      September 5, 2014 at 7:52 pm

      Plan to see it today, with a person who knows very little about Errol’s life or career. And, in the most scientific way possible, I’ll try to ask other viewers (unknown to me)- of different ages, gender & cultures (to the extent possible) afterwards what they’re thoughts are about the film. Hopefully, it will be a big hit with everybody.

       
  6. timerider

    September 5, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I will see this flick and put it with my many others even if it’s not what I think it should be. Remember everyone is entitled to their opinion and artistic expression!

     
  7. Gentleman Tim

    September 5, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Well, I have seen it and will provide more details of my assessment when I can. For now, at the theater, on my cell, I’ll just summarize by saying that, in my opinion – despite excellent acting by Kevin Kline & Sudan Sarandon, and good acting by Dakota Fanning – It’s not a very good movie. At very best a C+, punctuated wth only a very few A-level scenes. It really does look like a Lifetime afternoon soap-opera type movie – except that it has Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon & Dakota Fanning in it!

    The low budget really shows throughout, really preventing any inspiring portrayal of Errol’s extraordinary life & lifestyle. Nothing exciting, inspirational or extraordinary.

    Older viewers who remember how big and bigger than life Flynn was, walked away either c
    very disappointed, or, some, only very mildly entertained. No children watched. College age and early twenties didn’t seem to care one way or another, far more interested in Dakota than Flynn.

    Dakota looked lovely, and acted good, but I think her role was undermined by the not completely accurate storyline, in that I think Beverly was probably much spunkier than how she was portrayed.

    It won’t be in the theaters long. That’s for sure. It’s a cable movie, not an Errol Flynn big screen production. I suspect Errol would have preferred they showed all of him in more colorful & controversial fashion. If you didn’t know how great Flynn was before coming into the theater, you’d certainly never learn so from this movie. What might have helped would have been some news reels or okd movie clips. There were NONE. Not even a clip of Robin Hood – which the movie is named after! I think the audience would have loved, and the movie would have greatly artisticall benefitted from, a clip of Errol dueling Sir Guy or perhaps kissing Olivia. Probably, again, at least partially, a budgetary thing. Likewise, you can’t film a mivie about one of the very greatest world travelers ever all in Atlanta!!!!!!!! Good Lord, as Dakota said to Ma Aadland: He’s Errol Flynn!

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    • Lollie

      September 6, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      hmmm interesting,I’ll wait for the dvd & give it a watch then.Thanks for the review Tim. :)

       
      • Gentleman Tim

        September 6, 2014 at 3:29 pm

        It’s just my take, Lollie. I expected Kevin & Susan to be excellent, and they were. And Dakota is much better than I expected, thogh the script and storyline restrains her, I think. I think Beverly was probably a much more lively and colorful teenager than portrayed.

        They did add one brief clip of Errol himself, on the Zaca I believe. That was real nice.

         
        • Gentleman Tim

          September 7, 2014 at 9:47 am

          Unfortunatey, I find this latest review to be quite accurate, except that I think Dakota does very good with the script she was presented. Problem is, IMO, the script severely eviscerates a fuller showing of both Errol’s and Bev’s personalities, motivations and emotions. There is an excellent example of this provided in the review below.

          vegasseven.com…

          Also, there’s this, again I think too hard on Dakota, but otherwise hard for me to dispute.

          www.pressdemocrat.com…

           
          • Gentleman Tim

            September 7, 2014 at 2:54 pm

            A Couple of New Reviews – from Houston & Philly:

            houston.culturemap.com…

            mobile.philly.com…

             
            • Lollie

              September 8, 2014 at 10:52 am

              I wonder if there is any more news regarding that movie about Errol possibly starring Jack Huston as him?

               
              • Gentleman Tim

                September 8, 2014 at 12:17 pm

                Excellent question, Lollie! Whatever happened to that?!? Years back I had heard Luke might play the part of Errol, in a film based on Errol’s young adult adventures Down Under, focuse, at least in part, on Beams End. That would have been awesome!

                Sean Rio had a couple of brief scenes in LoRH. He did a good job picking up and running off with his grandfather’s girlfriend Woodsie!

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                • Lollie

                  September 8, 2014 at 12:41 pm

                  Yes Tim that’s right! I remember hearing Luke Flynn on the radio here in Australia a few years ago,and he was talking about wanting to make a movie about Errol and play him.That would have been great! :)

                   
                  • David DeWitt

                    September 8, 2014 at 3:23 pm

                    With the passing of Pat Wymore projects like these may yet go forward …

                     
                    • Gentleman Tim

                      September 8, 2014 at 3:39 pm

                      Here’s a 2009 reference to Luke’s potential Beams End project:

                      www.washingtonpost.com…

                      And this article references the possible Jack Huston portrayal of Errol:

                      collider.com…

                       
                    • Lollie

                      September 9, 2014 at 11:25 am

                      Here’s hoping.Luke as Errol would be terrific,if he can act as good as he looks. :)

                      I’m not too sure about Jack Huston now as Errol,he’s kind of dorky looking.

                       
                  • Tina

                    September 9, 2014 at 4:21 pm

                    Hi Lollie;
                    For some reason I have no reply button to your comment about Jack Huston.
                    I fully agree with your comment:”dorky looking!”

                     
                    • Gentleman Tim

                      September 9, 2014 at 7:45 pm

                      Could he play this guy?

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                      Or this one??

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                    • Gentleman Tim

                      September 9, 2014 at 9:10 pm

                      Or perhaps this guy???

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                      No? How about this guy, then?

                       
                    • Lollie

                      September 10, 2014 at 11:32 am

                      lol,oops Tina,perhaps I was a bit harsh.It is just so hard (I think impossible) to picture anyone really as Errol. :)

                      But my family love watching Jack Huston in Boardwalk Empire,they are very impressed with him in that show.

                      Tim those pics and clips of Errol perfectly show just how no one could come close to him. :D

                       
  8. Gentleman Tim

    September 10, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Are you sure, Lollie? How about either of these two fellows?

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    • Tina

      September 10, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      One thing has to be faced once and for all that there is NOBODY in the world who could realistically play Errol the way he was – he just was so unique – there was just one – He Himself!
      Furthermore, his life story could never be produced, the movie would cost multi millions and would be so long that we would sit in the cinema for months on end.
      To sum it up either way is a sheer impossibility, to replicate him or his life – so we just keep on dreaming!

       
      • Gentleman Tim

        September 10, 2014 at 4:34 pm

        You are so right, Tina. Years back esecially, I think Kevin Kline would have been the best choice by far. I think he missed the yacht by not doing so. As well as he captured so much of Flynn – with his looks, humor and ability to portray Errol’s “devil-may-care” charm – even the great Kevin Kline couldn’t re-create Errol’s Herculean sexual appeal, palpable athletic presence, or unparalleled adventurous spirit. … As you say, Tina, no one can. (That’s why he is still so incredibly popular and admired more than fifty years after his passing.)

        Here’s a magnficent tribute to the immortal Mr. Flynn:

         
        • Tina

          September 10, 2014 at 5:10 pm

          Thanks Tim!
          Looking at this video again, which I didn’t for quite a while you tell me who in all the world could ever reproduce that? NOBODY not even Kevin! Never ever ANYBODY.

          Thanks for the compliment and for posting my video!
          Did you know it was my video?

           
          • Gentleman Tim

            September 10, 2014 at 5:28 pm

            I’ve been a Bariebel fan & follower for some time, Tina, but had no idea you were the great Bariebel until earlier this year. Your videos are not only treasure troves of great images, they are technically terrific, and so wonderfully heart-felt tributes. Thank YOU for creating them. They’re TREMENDOUS!!!

             
            • Tina

              September 10, 2014 at 5:33 pm

              Thank you Tim, very much appreciated!
              I know I should market them but since 2010 I have not done anything anymore.
              You should have left me message on the videos, would have been nice.

               
              • Gentleman Tim

                September 10, 2014 at 5:42 pm

                I love your choice of music, too, Tina. So beautiful. So inspirational. From La Paloma to Overture to the Light Brigade, one of Errol’s favorite pieces, I believe, right?

                P.S. I saw Andre Rieu play La Paloma a couple of years ago. That was wonderful, also.

                 
                • Tina

                  September 10, 2014 at 8:11 pm

                  You are right Tim, it is the Light Cavalry Overture by Franz von SuppĂ©, I chose it because apparently he composed it to commemorate this historical event “The Charge of the Light Brigade” and I used it in both videos of mine which represent his carrier in part one and his private life in part two. I had to make two videos because the content was to large for You Tube.

                  Errol’s favorite composers were Rachmaninoff, Wagner and Rimskykorsakoff. He was quite heavy into classical music.

                   
  9. Gentleman Tim

    September 10, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    A slew from Seattle, encouraging that Errol’s “unrepentent autobiography” be filmed. (With the right “Errol” or “Errols”, script, screenplay, direction, and production team!!!!!) I concur with that!

    www.seattleweekly.com…

    Sizzleless as a day-old chicken fried steak?

    m.chron.com…

     
 
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