Friday, September 12, 2014

The Last of Robin Hood - Movie Review

The Last of Robin Hood is a film about Errol Flynn's final days written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland. The film stars Dakota Fanning, Susan Sarandon, and Kevin Kline. For those of you in the Seattle area, you can go see the movie at the Seven Gables Theater beginning on Friday, September 12th.

During his life as an iconic movie star, Errol Flynn (Kline) seemed to do everything he could to live up to the swashbuckling and womanizing lifestyle the media portrayed of him in the news reels and tabloids of the time. In his later years, Flynn began to succumb to the downfalls of the life he had been leading and his health was clearly taking the brunt of the steady stream of alcohol and partying ways he refused to give up. Even after meeting the young Beverly Aadland (Fanning), he would continue down this destructive path while bringing her along for the ride.

Going into this movie, I honestly didn't know much about Errol Flynn or the life he lead both in front of and away from Hollywood's glaring spotlight. While this interesting peek into his world was brought to life by a team of very capable film makers, I felt it was lacking the energy that a movie about Errol Flynn deserved and came off more as a casual stroll through his final days and the controversy of his love affair with an underage, aspiring actress. That being said, the movie's saving grace can be found in a trio of stellar performances by Kline, Sarandon, and Fanning who are all more than capable of elevating any picture they are in.

Fans of Mr. Flynn will definitely enjoy this rare glimpse into the man's final days and watching Kevin Kline bring such an iconic persona back to life is truly a pleasure to watch. I'm not sure if The Last of Robin Hood has the ability to catch a wide audience, but those who do choose to see it will no doubt be glad they did.


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