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Robin Hood (2006 BBC): Another failed attempt at everybody's favorite outlaw

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Robin Hood is a tale that seemingly can't be told well.  The best of a sorry lot of TV and movies is probably (ulp) Mel Brooks' Robin Hood: Men in Tights, which is pretty bad, but everything else takes itself too seriously (Kevin Costner version), is cloyingly simple (Errol Flynn version) or has animals in the leading role(Disney verison).  Come to think of it, probably all three of those things could be applied to all three of those versions.

Fresh off of watching and enjoying Sherlock so thoroughly, I thought I would try the BBC for another reinvention of an old tale, this one a bit more faithful to the source material.  Unfortunately, this is absolutely terrible.  I get the sense that this is supposed to be for children, as the characters are very simple, good and evil is narrowly defined, and the acting is so transparent that it feels like mockery.  There's just no subtlety of any kind here, and the series is pretty exasperating as a result.

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