Last of Robin Hood (5/10)
purported to be the true story of the end of swashbuckling movie star
Errol Flynnís life and the sexual relationship he had with teenaged
movie actress wannabe Beverly Aadland (Dakota Fanning) when she was 15
through 17 years-old and he was 48 through 50, although itís a strong
likelihood that Flynn thought she was 18 when they met. Aadland appeared
as a nurse in South Pacific (1958).
many modern men who surround themselves with nubile young girls when
they are old men (like the aging owners of NBA basketball teams and the
ancient proprietors of Menís girlie magazines), Flynn liked underage
girls and was subject to a charge of statutory rape in 1942, of which he
was acquitted, but the trial was sensational and it hurt his image that
had, by 1940, made him the 4th most popular actor while at
Writers-directors Richard Glatzer (often a bridge opponent of mine a
decade or so ago) and Wash Westmoreland are done in by monumental
miscasting of Kevin Kline as the washed-up but flamboyant Flynn. No matter what anyone
says about him and his character, he was a good athlete and a fine
tennis player. The way Kline portrays him he has not an iota of
athleticism or sex appeal. Had they hired someone who could recreate
Peter OíTooleís performance in My Favorite Year (1982) which was
based on Flynn, this could have been a winner. OíToole played him as an
aging alcoholic, but he gave him the gusto one associates with Flynn.
Kline portrays him as almost apathetic which robs the film of the
fascination of My Favorite Year.
film presents a surprisingly sympathetic picture of Aadland, considering
that she was a precocious underage teenager having an adulterous affair
with a married man three times her age. Even considering Hollywood
morals itís difficult to see why these filmmakers view her with such
tenderness except that they did get to know her before her death and
that might have interfered with their better judgment.
also stack the books at the end of the movie by not mentioning that
Flynnís wife, Patrice Wymore, was present in the house in Vancouver when
he died of a pulmonary embolism, even though Aadland was the one who
found him. Wymore isnít even a character in the movie.
only performance that lived up to what was required was Susan Sarandon
as Aadlonís ambitious mother, Florence.