Director: Martin Campbell
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones,
RunTime: 2 hrs 10 mins
Released By: Columbia TriStar
Official Website: http://www.sonypictures.net/movies/thelegendofzorro/
Date: 27 October 2005 (ONE DAY before the US RELEASE
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Alejandro de la Vega (Antonio Banderas) promises his wife
and young son, Joaquin that he would retire but a former beau
of Elena's re-appears, and a plot is uncovered that would
forever change the course of history.
De La Vega (Zorro) is forced out of retirement when a crafy
and charming French aristrocrat, Count Armand, arrives on
the shores of Old World California with the objective of destroying
a newly established United States of America. His weapon of
choice is a volatile new invention, Nitroglycerin. To make
matters worse, the Count has splintered Alejandro's happy
home by stealing the love of his life, Elena.
the legendary Zorro can foil the Count's plot to ignite civil
war, and win back the love of his beautiful wife, Elena De
favourite swashbuckling masked hero is back – after
a hiatus of 7 long years. The characters have since aged a
decade, Zorro aka Anthonio Banderas have apparently piled
up a little on the chin and Catherine Zeta-Jones have gracefully
aged a little in real-life, wonderfully intertwined with their
on-screen characters saving the need for any significant make-up
time round, Alejandro de la Vega (Zorro) is faced with a mid-life
crisis of his own in addition to saving the peril California
territory. His often-rescued missions deprived Elena and their
young son’s precious family time thus resulting in the
displeased Elena for serving him a divorce notice to end the
marriage. To make matters worse, Elena’s ex-admirer,
the French aristocrat (not surprising it’s the French
as villains again) Armand (Rufus Sewell) comes into the picture
insisting on making Elena his wife. And so our hero has to
juggle between getting back his wife and saving the country.
The stakes are raised higher to guarantee absolute entertainment.
“The Mask of Zorro” focused more on the apprentice
and master’s relations, “Legend of Zorro”
touches on the love-hate relations of the couple. It’s
a pity the great Anthony Hopkins never appeared in a cameo
here as in sort of a flashback. At least, we can spare the
need to worry about a campy appearance spoiling the whole
broth. Anthonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones fortunately
maintained the sizzling chemistry they shared in the first.
Regardless it is a witty banter or a simple exchange of eye
movements, the couple easily has the audience hoodwinked and
engaged. Add in the talented 10 years old Adrian Alonso (this
cute Mexican boy doesn’t speak a single word of English
prior to the filming) who plays their son, Joaquin the trio
is immensely likeable.
Martin Campbell (“Goldeneye”, “Vertical
Limit”) who is no stranger to major action sequences
shot “Legend of Zorro” with a generous dose of
wide angles (a trend most Hollywood movies should follow)
that pretty much of the nifty swordplay and action sequences
are clearly executed before you. If there’s one thing
I wish to nitpick is none of the violence in the original
are duplicated here. Hardly a trickle of blood is shown and
much of the injuries happened off-screen. The result of trading
in for a friendlier rating in the U.S. (The movie is rated
PG instead of the usual PG-13 in the states.) Nevertheless,
the action is quick, swift minus the punch.
out for the exciting finale whereby Zorro and his loyal sidekick,
Tornado fends off the villains on top of a moving train. Aided
by the special effects guys from WETA, the end result is a
marvellous combination of miniatures and good old-fashioned
of Zorro” truly warrants a whipping good-licking fun
time. Although slicing off a couple of minutes off the 2 hours
running time will be a plus. Overall, one of those rare sequels
that are actually as good as the predecessor. However, that
doesn’t implies I’m hoping for “Son of Zorro”
though. Director Martin Campbell had a winner in his bag.
Let’s hope he can score for “Casino Royale”
too next year.
one of those rare sequels that are actually as good as the
by Linus Tee