How is your Sunday going? Mine has been pretty cramped, I had so many things to do that I woke up at eight o’ clock and the first time I had the chance to rest a bit was four thirty in the afternoon! But, despite all that, I had a movie review to write, as I do every Sunday, so here it is!
Title: The Last of Robin Hood
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Starring: Susan Saradon, Kevin Klein, Dakota Fanning, John Hudson Messeral
Directors: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Duration: 1h 34m
Summary: This story revolves around Beverly Aadaland’s (Dakota Fanning) true story in which she used to work at Universal Brothers studios with a false birth certificate, she stated that she was 18 when in fact she was only 15. There she meets Erol Flynn (Kevin Klein) and the two of the have a secret, yet passionate affair. This affair is later supported by Florence (Susan Saradon) who is Beverly’s mother and sees in her daughter her own lost hopes and dreams of stardom. Things get worse for Beverly when Erol dies in her arms and all the publicity nearly drives her mad…
Likes/Dislikes (may contain spoilers): Thsi was a movie that I intented to see for a very long time and every single time I postponed it. Now that I’ve finally seen it, I have to say it is a beautiful film, with a brilliant cast that depicts the story and the esssence of the sixties very well. usually you have to be very delicate when dealing with a biography, because you want to do the people that lived then and there justice and nit humiliate their lives. This movie handled the facts pretty well and the actors did a very good job portraying their characters.
As far as the storyline, I was simply schocked at how twisted the minds of Erol and Florence were. Doing Erol some justice, the first time he was with Beverly he thought she was 18 years old, as her birth certificate says. A little while laer, he learns from his driver who used to be Beverly’s old classmate, her actual age and does nothing about it! He keeps seeing her like nothing changer and what more, he asks to meet her mother too, in order to have a cover in their outings.
Florence on the other hand, stated that she had not realised that they were together until they took a trip to New York. And let’s suppose she had no idea until then. After she found out, she did nothing to stop it and left her 15 year old daughter in the claws of a 50+ year old man! I mean, what kind of mother was she??
Beverly on the other hand stated she was truly in love with him and that is something that I am willing to believe, because she really helped him with everything she had when he needed her. What I actually believe about Beverly is that she realised that she didn’t have any sort of talent, she was merely good at singing, acting and dancing, so she clang to Erol because he could provide the glamorous life she wanted. Also, deep down I think that all these dreams about a career and stardom were her mother’s and she didn;t have any true desire to pursue this career and that’s why she stopped and followed Erol everywhere.
Generally, this was a nice movie that I would recommend to everyone that is interested in a good biography. The acting was on point, the story iteself was very interesting and the sixties gave off a very retro feeling that I really like!
What more, if you like Dakota Fanning you can also check out my review on “Very Good Girls”.
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