The Legend of Zorro (2005)

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The Legend of Zorro (2005)
  • Time: 129 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Western
  • Director: Martin Campbell
  • Cast: Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rufus Sewell

Storyline:

The Legendary Zorro goes off on another adventure to protect the future of California and its citizens. This time, he fights against evil-doers with the help of his beautiful wife, Elena, and their precocious young son, Joaquin. Alejandro De LaVega is torn between two worlds: his life as Zorro and his life as a family man. After Alejandro once again breaks his promise to stop wearing the mask, Elena leaves him, and soon begins seeing Armand, a haughty French Count. But a mysterious explosion in the desert leads Zorro to believe that there’s more to Armand than meets the eye, and our hero is intent on finding out what that is. Little does he know, there are others working to uncover certain truths as well.

One review

  • I don’t really know what made me decide to hire this movie as I am not a fan of Catherine Zeta Jones or Antonio Banderas and I never liked the Zorro TV series either. I suppose I just thought I would give it a whirl and see what it was like.

    I was pleasantly surprised with the whole thing. It was a lovely combination of action, humour and romance and I enjoyed the whole thing, especially the second half of the movie.

    The gags were really funny, especially the visual ones involving the horse and the guy who fell into the cactus. The action scenes were all very well done and acted out and the movie had a good pace to it, I was never once bored.

    A few things did spoil it however. Firstly, there was CZJ’s terrible Mexican/Spanish accent and she can’t act to save her own life. Secondly, how come Zorro always turns up in the nick of time to save the day? Is he telepathic or something? And the kid, I have a few issues with the kid. The first is how did he not realise that Zorro was his father until he removed his mask near the end? I mean, come on, the mask only covered the top half of his face and with features as distinctive as Banderas’s, even a blind man on a galloping horse (get it?) would have realised who he was. The scenes with the kid and the catapult were great – he was a little hotshot with it and he really demonstrated how effective these things can be as weapons.

    Another bad piece of production to note was during the scene with the fight and the fire in the barn. It was blatantly obvious that the child was only a doll when CZJ picked it up, it was very poorly done in my opinion.

    However, apart from these few discrepancies, this movie is well worth a look – especially for the great ending and the spectacular death of the villain.

    An all-round enjoyable action adventure. Watch it!

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