The Legend of Zorro

"Good"

The Legend of Zorro Review


The Legend of Zorro is sure to please those who dug the fancy swordplay and acrobatics of The Mask of Zorro. For those who enjoyed the 1998 summer hit for the romantic byplay between co-stars Antonio Banderas and then-unknown Catherine Zeta-Jones -- as well as the sheer absurdity of Anthony Hopkins playing a Hispanic -- well the recently released special edition DVD will do just nicely.

The sequel picks up 10 years later in 1850, where lovers Alejandro (Banderas) and Elena (Zeta-Jones, again convincing everyone she's not European) are now married. Alejandro is still working around the clock as Zorro to help the oppressed of California, a situation Elena is none too pleased with since she feels he's neglecting his family. After an especially nasty argument with Elena, Alejandro leaves his estate to get some space and to save some more peasant families. Several days later, he's handed divorce papers and a reason to start drinking.

Three months pass and Elena has rebounded quicker than Ben Wallace, nabbing a French count and vineyard owner (Rufus Sewell), while Alejandro suspects something amiss. Soon, he dons the mask once more and discovers the count has a plan that threatens the soon-to-be state of California and the United States.

That's why The Legend of Zorro can't compare to the original. The Mask of Zorro was good because Alejandro/Zorro and his mentor (Hopkins) had very personal scores to settle, making every swordfight urgent and lending the plot credibility. Here, Zorro and Elena are thwarting a plan -- involving lots of soap, the Confederate Army, and a secret society -- that resembles an antebellum version of something Dr. Evil would cook up. It's that lame. Adding to the frustration, director Martin Campbell forgets that Zeta-Jones and Banderas were smoldering together the first time around. Remember the tango scene and the sword fight that doubled as a seduction? So naturally, Campbell and his writers have husband and wife spend 75 percent of the film apart doing detective work, in addition to devoting screen time to their intrepid, almost annoying kid (Adrian alonso). Both maneuvers also slow down the movie in spots. Good call, guys.

The proceedings ultimately settle into a groove of espionage, broad comedy, and daring do. The Legend of Zorro, despite its push into explosions and tomfoolery, gets solid performances from Banderas and Zeta-Jones. Sewell is OK, but Nick Chinlund is memorable as a God-loving, wooden-toothed psychopath. The movie is brisk and breezy, but it's a pile of empty cinematic calories. After a seven year wait and a successful foundation, the audience deserves a little more than that.

X marks the sequel.



The Legend of Zorro

Facts and Figures

Run time: 129 mins

In Theaters: Friday 28th October 2005

Box Office USA: $45.4M

Box Office Worldwide: $142.4M

Budget: $75M

Distributed by: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Production compaines: Amblin Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 26%
Fresh: 35 Rotten: 99

IMDB: 5.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , Walter F. Parkes,

Starring: as Zorro, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Elena, Adrián Alonso Barona as Joaquin, as Frey Felipe, as Jacob McGivens, Alexa Benedetti as Lupe, as Armand, Raúl Méndez as Ferroq, Brandon Wood as Ricardo, as Harrigan, Pedro Armendáriz, Jr. as Governor Riley, as Governor's Wife, Giovanna Zacarías as Blanca, Alberto Reyes as Brother Ignacio, Gustavo Sanchez-Parra as Guillermo Cortez, Carlos Cobos as Tabulador

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

The Fate of the Furious Movie Review

The Fate of the Furious Movie Review

With the more dumbed-down title Fast & Furious 8 outside of North America, this overcrowded...

A Quiet Passion Movie Review

A Quiet Passion Movie Review

British writer-director Terence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea) is an expert at digging beneath the...

The Sense of an Ending Movie Review

The Sense of an Ending Movie Review

Julian Barnes' Booker Prize-winning novel is adapted into a remarkably intelligent, gently involving film anchored...

The Boss Baby Movie Review

The Boss Baby Movie Review

There isn't a lot of subtlety in this madcap animated comedy, which is more aimed...

City of Tiny Lights Movie Review

City of Tiny Lights Movie Review

After the latest incarnation of Dredd, director Pete Travis shifts gears drastically for this complex...

Going in Style Movie Review

Going in Style Movie Review

This is only technically a remake of the iconic 1979 film starring movie icons George...

Graduation Movie Review

Graduation Movie Review

Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) recounts another staggeringly detailed...

Advertisement
Ghost in the Shell Movie Review

Ghost in the Shell Movie Review

This sci-fi thriller is so visually stunning that it deserves to be mentioned in the...

Free Fire Movie Review

Free Fire Movie Review

Basically a 90-minute shoot-out, there isn't a lot to this movie. British filmmaker Ben Wheatley...

Life Movie Review

Life Movie Review

Like a mash-up of Alien and Gravity, this ripping sci-fi horror movie is very effective...

The Lost City of Z Movie Review

The Lost City of Z Movie Review

Based on a true story, it's the historical aspect of these events that holds the...

Chips Movie Review

Chips Movie Review

It's clear from the very start that this movie has little to do with the...

Beauty And The Beast Movie Review

Beauty And The Beast Movie Review

This remake of Disney's 1991 classic is remarkably faithful, using present-day digital animation effects to...

The Salesman Movie Review

The Salesman Movie Review

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi won his second Oscar with this astute drama which, like 2011's...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.