Genre Guesstimation – The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Marc of French Toast Sundays and we will be reviewing our favorite Live Action Disney Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Nov by sending them to disneylivemarc@movierob.net

Tnx Marc!

Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Live Action Disney Films…….

“Find one bad penny, you’ll find two.” – Tyb

Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Nov 2021)

Brief Synopsis – With King Richard away at the Crusades, his brother tries to take over the country with the help of the Sheriff of Nottingham.

My Take on it – This is one of the very first Disney films about Robin Hood.

I came across it during my research for this months Genre and was quite intrigued to see what it was all about.

They tell the story like most of us already know and that keeps things fun and humorous, but unfortunately, it all comes across a bit too tame and fails to stay engaging or unique enough for the audience.

I really liked the way that this film shows the fate of Robin’s father which is slightly different from the other versions.

The musical interludes by Allan A-Dale are also great because they add a nice atmosphere to the way that the story plays out.

King John isn’t evil enough here even though he does do some very despicable things along the way.

The story feels a bit rushed a longer run time and it would have benefited so much more from it.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Unusual for many of the Robin Hood movies, some scenes were actually filmed in the real Sherwood Forest. . (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not quite. Fun version of Robin Hood, but it feels too rushed and tame.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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