The Last of Robin Hood is the true story of Beverly Aadland, a teen starlet who became the last girlfriend of legendary swashbuckler Errol Flynn. In 1957, Beverly was working at Warner Brothers studios with a fake birth certificate saying she was 18 -- she was in fact, only 15 -- when she encountered the former matinée idol. After a bumpy start, the two undertook a relationship that was ultimately embraced by Beverly's Hollywood mother Florence, who became a willing third wheel. The affair took them from L.A. to New York to Africa, then to Cuba where Flynn pitched in with the rebels to make a pro-Castro propaganda movie starring Beverly. It all came crashing to an end in Vancouver, however, when Flynn died in Beverly's arms, causing an avalanche of publicity; Florence finally achieved the attention she sought in the form of tabloid notoriety but the chaos drove Beverly to the edge of sanity. The Last of Robin Hood is a poignant yet darkly comic coming-of-age tale about the desire for ... Written by
It is Friday 13, 2013 the world premier at the Toronto International Film Festival TIFF.
A great movie and very tastefully done and the actors are really well chosen! Kevin Kline portrays Errol Flynn extremely well. What a great actor to duplicate Errol Flynn so well, which is a most difficult task indeed! Kevin Kline has his gestures, how he applied his charm in various situations and or how he bewilders Florence, his haughtiness or flamboyancy at times or his fun loving nature, Kevin Kline shows it all and so very well. The make-up artists did a great job as he looked quite a lot like Errol Flynn. What a superb acting in the malaria attack and in particular the dying scene, just gripping, totally outstanding.
Susan Sarandon plays Florence very well. Of course, not knowing Florence it is hard to tell how authentic Susan Sarandon was but she made me believe yes this most likely was Florence. As a matter of fact one could feel how disappointed Florence was with her life and her dreams not materializing and as she tries to live her life through her daughter by trying to make her a star. Susan Sarandon reveals in her portrayal, right or wrong, that she tried her best to make a dream come true, if not for herself at least for Beverly. Florence not a well educated woman and therefore thought that Errol Flynn is the answer to her prayers. Susan Sarandon's performance is so genuine of a stage struck mother who would walk on hot coals to get to what she wants.
Dakota Fanning plays a very lovely Beverly Aadland and again as Beverly is not known to us the judgement of performance how the real Beverly was is very hard. In the movie she plays an obedient daughter and lives her mother's dream until she meets Errol. She then is much more interested in Errol Flynn than in a stage carrier. At least that's how it comes across in the movie. She plays a passive very nice Beverly not at all like described in Earl Conrad's "A Memoir". As a matter of fact, I did not really believe Earl Conrad's description of Beverly as coarse, ill-mouthed teenager. Maybe he was out for sensational writing to sell his book. It is very sad that in our society writings have to have tainted, grimy and/or scandalous content in order to appeal to the public. And of course anybody who was in the writing business took advantage of Errol Flynn making his escapades 10 times worse than they really were. When ever there was a possibility they were over him like vultures.
Dakota Fanning fits the role very well. She gives Beverly warmth and sensitivity. She had to have some of these qualities as Errol Flynn himself was always very well mannered. He would have not put up with bad, ill mannered and swearing behavior. Dakota Fanning is a very good actress and gives a great performance in portraying Beverly Aadland!
The Film shows that they had a very nice believable relationship. We must here consider what is written by authors that Errol Flynn never outlived his youth, judging by his often immature mischievous behavior. Maybe Beverly gave him a kind of reliving youth or fulfilled a yearning of his soul; we don't know only Errol Flynn and Beverly know what was what! I think their love for each other was genuine.
A very nice touch at the end was that they showed a picture of Errol and another one from Beverly. I think it is a very good movie and everybody should see it.
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