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Twenty years have passed since Don Diego de la Vega fought oppression
as the legendary hero, Zorro. He now must find a successor to
stop Raphael Montero, the tyrant who robbed him of everything
he loved and left him to rot in prison. Don Diego chooses Alejandro
Murieta and transforms him into the fearless romantic hero he
Adventure Romantic - The Mask of Zorro is a swashbuckler adventure with plenty of
swordplay, escapes and chases. Fans of the genre will probably enjoy
the action and the duels, while fans of Antonio Banderas will probably
find him an exceptional hero. The story does focus on too many different
tangents, however, and the length of 2 hours 17 minutes leads to some
slow stretches. Satisfying if you're looking primarily for a Saturday
matinee, even if it is very generic.
PROFANITY: Mild and infrequent SEX/NUDITY: Suggestive sexual conversations, brief bare buttocks VIOLENCE: Frequent, but not graphic DRUGS/ALCOHOL: A couple of scenes of alcohol consumption, inlcuding drunkenness ACTION: Chases, swordplay and explosions COMEDY: Comic action and some one-liners
Like James Bond, another iconic hero recently directed by Martin Campbell
(in GoldenEye), Zorro is the kind of larger-than-life character
who's halfway to pleasing an audience just by being up on the screen.
Add the charismatic Antonio Banderas behind the mask, and there's every
reason to believe The Mask of Zorro should be a rousing adventure.
Like too many contemporary action films, however, this one lets its focus
wander from the most important elements just to guarantee the biggest
explosion or the dopiest double-entendre. Banderas' appeal alone may be just enough to win over some
viewers; the waste of that appeal, and of the Man in Black's commanding
image, made me long for some heroic figure to come along and make a few
strategic slashes in the editing room.
It has been 20 years since Don Diego de la Vega (Anthony Hopkins)
successfully fought Spanish oppression in Alta California as the
legendary romantic hero Zorro. Imprisoned for two decades, he
now must find a successor to stop Don Rafael Montero (Stuart Wilson)-the
powerful, former Spanish governor of Alta California who cost
de la Vega his freedom, his wife, Esperanza (Julietta Rosen),
and his daughter, Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones)-who is making plans
to purchase California from Mexico's president, General Santa
Anna. Alejandro Murieta (Antonio Banderas), a bandit with a troubled
past, is transformed by Don Diego into a new Zorro who he hopes
will help him foil Montero's schemes once and for all. Tracing
the heroic story of these highly-charged relationships, The Mask
of Zorro follows the new Zorro as he assumes de la Vega's mantle
and enters into a romantic relationship with a woman close to
his predecessor's heart.