So as I said in my last post, I popped the DVD of “Robin Hood” into the player. What happened next?
If you are thinking that lightning struck, or the DVD player crashed and burned, or that it simply failed to work – having atrophied from disuse, well, all these look likely scenarios, and could have happened to anyone. Nothing of that sort happened though, but they could well have, in an alternate universe, or even if I was having a bad day.
But the DVD player worked smoothly, as if it had been doing this sort of thing every day. And yet I had a nagging feeling that something was wrong.
I knew that Robin Hood was an old movie, dating back to sometime in the early nineties. Two decades old, and probably some of the readers of this blog had not even started school back then. But surely, even back in those old days, movies were made in color? Why did this look like a remastered B&W movie? And wasn’t Kevin Costner supposed to be Robin Hood? Who was this guy with the curly, blond hair and bright green frock-coats? Someone in the remastering section obviously liked color. Not content with bright green frock-coats, he had settled on an even brighter red cloak. With that color combination, and given that he seemed to be forever perched on a tree in the Sherwood Forest, he looked like a very handsome parrot, although I prefer my parrots to be smaller sized.
Gradwolf and Kalafudra came close, though even they were decades away. I was not watching “Robin Hood: Men in Tights“, circa 1993. But they were right, I was certainly not watching the DVD of Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves (circa 1991) that I had thought I had borrowed.
I was actually watching “The Adventures of Robin Hood” circa 1938, starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. (The same one that Shambu remembers). These, apparently are not even the only Robin Hood movies produced, as IMDB will tell you. Obviously, they have been producing one Robin Hood movie a day with the express purpose of confusing me.
I took a closer look at the DVD cover and realized that it did say “The Adventures of” but in font size 3. Still, you’d say, how could you not see that guy on the cover did not look anything like Kevin Costner? That’s true, I realize now, he doesn’t, but you tend not to be particular about how Kevin Costner looks like when you are juggling an armful of books. If he wanted to wear bright green caps with feathers that looked like cat’s tails and dye his hair in two colors, who was I to object?
The movie, at any rate, was hilarious. Of course, the green frock-coat (or frock? or skirt?) would have been quite adequate to provide the hilarity, but as it turns out, there was much more. I ended up congratulating myself on a good find. Sadly, this might mean that no lessons on reading small fonts have been learnt.
Then, a few weeks later, after multiple online renewals, I finally got around to watching the other DVD I had borrowed – the “Pirates of the Caribbean” one. I was pretty sure I was going to love this one..
But did I? What do you think happened this time?
(To be continued)