DVD Review: The Last of Robin Hood

"But she acted so much older!" 

This true story follows Beverly Aadland (Dakota Fanning) an up and coming dancer/actress/singer working at Warner Brothers studios when she catches the eye of actor Errol Flynn.(Kevin Kline) He's taken with the young beauty and does the the typical creepy Hollywood thing; takes her to an audition, butters her up, then has sex with her. When he finds out she's not actually 18 like he thought (she's 15) He immediately cuts all ties with her and turns himself in for statutory rape. I'm just kidding, he does jack shit. Neither does Beverly's fame hungry mother. (Susan Surandon) 

I love Dakota Fanning, I'll pretty much watch her in anything (except Twilight) so I was hoping this movie would be more than her just getting perved on for 90 minutes, but it really wasn't. It was actually very boring and uninspired. She was trying to elevate the material, you could tell, but other than her performance and the wonderful costume design. This film was very forgettable.

Recommended: No

Grade: C

Memorable Quote: "Why? You already got what you wanted." - Beverly (Dakota Fanning)

20 comments:

  1. Ha, you had me going for a second. I saw this stupid ghost docudrama show a few years ago, which supposedly had the "ghost of Errol Flynn" living in the house. It told the story of a young girl who moved into the old house of Errol Flynn with her family and Errol's ghost was still pervy in the afterlife or something like that.

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  2. I thought about watching this movie, and then watched the trailer and went...no. Looks like I made the right choice.

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  3. This sounds like a waste of a terrific cast.

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    1. It certainly is. Poor Dakota, I hope she gets a good role soon.

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  4. All these teen flicks that are supposedly about sexual wakening and older men and rape etc, tend to be rather disappointing.. it's like the movies are afraid to go the extra mile to freak us out and I wish they did! I haven't seen it, but I can imagine just how coy this whole thing was.

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    1. I agree, and this film fails to really get inside Beverly's head about this. It never goes deeper.

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  5. I saw this at MSPIFF last year. Yeah, not impressed even tho Kline's resemblance to Flynn is quite uncanny.

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    1. I think I remember you talking about it. Definitely not impressive at all.

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  6. oh Gosh that's like bigger age difference than me and Stephen :D

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    1. Nope, hold on I just read that between the actual people it was 33 years which is the same :lol:

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    2. lol well at least you're an adult and not 15 like Beverly was.

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    3. Legally maybe...not mentally:D

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    4. Are any of us mentally adults? I'm older than you ladies; I can vouch for the fact that your knees may give out before your mind matures. :-P

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    5. lol. I think we're mentally adults, we just have fangirl tenancies.

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  7. This looked mildly interesting, but I doubt I'll ever watch it. :/

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    1. I don't blame you, it's not worth it. lol

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  8. Despite your lukewarm (and well-articulated) response, this actually looks like one I'd like to watch. I already knew Errol Flynn was a bit of a pervo (my dad told me he had one way mirrors in his house so he could watch his guests undress,) which is sad to think about because he was so wonderful and charming in "The Adventures of Robin Hood." It's so hard sometimes to separate the artist from the material *sigh* :(

    I just saw "Every Secret Thing" with Dakota Fanning. It was okay. A bit too generic-cop-show for my taste and upstaged in every way by the far superior "Boy A."

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    1. I hope you like it since you know a lot about Errol Flynn. When I was reading Every Secret Thing, I thought a lot about Boy A. I think they ended up being different enough to where they were not carbon copies though.

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