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Posted October 1, 2010
The Family of Zorro
After 8 yrs. we finally have another epee epic,still within tenure of Banderas as the swashing masked man by night and the swishing gentleman by day.We are treated to a whiplash of expertly crafted stunts,beautifully lensed set pieces,and steel-clashing swordplay.The poor Mexican proletariate are still harrassed by two-faced zealots who wish to exploit them until Zorro comes to their aid.Again, Banderas wears the mask of avenger to the hilt. Zeta-Jones returns as the raven-haired beauty that keeps Banderas' gloved hands full of bewilderment in learning to live with a very spirited and liberated senorita, and of course Anthony Hopkins is sorely missed. The core of the story(however somewhat historically flawed)is very similar to the Mummy Returns, in that we share another exploit of the adventure family triumvarate,right down to the heart-stopping train ride.Even so,there is more humor in this one as the trade offs come as strategically placed as the crack of a whip or the Z slash of a sword tip.Thankfully Campbell decided to change the ending so we can rest assured the dust has not settled on the sword-wielding masked man from Spanish California.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
Doesn't Anyone in Hollywood Know History?
THE LEGEND OF ZORRO is mindless entertainment. If you don’t mind historical inaccuracies, you’ll be entertained. All the actors are fine, especially the main characters of Antonio Banderas as Zorro and Catherine Zeta-Jones as his spunky wife and partner, Elena. The action is wonderfully staged if you don’t wonder why they are fighting. As an intelligent person, who knows a little about American history, it was beyond me, why the writers, producers and director set the scene in 1850 California and yet kept talking about the Confederacy. The Civil War began in 1861. Yes, troubles were brewing in 1850 because of states rights and the admittance of states as slave or free, but no Confederates existed. Lincoln appears at the end of the movie, and no one heard of Lincoln in 1850. He wasn’t all that important in 1850. Other inaccuracies abound, like 19th century Roman Catholics getting a divorce at the drop of a mask. If you’re going to put history in movie as a motivation for the action, please make it as correct as possible. I’m sure most people won’t be disturbed by these historical mistakes, but the Civil War is a milestone in the history of a people and it is a depravity to trivialize it in such a fashion. Another idiocy was the comic antics of Zorro’s horse were they trying to make a Francis the Talking Mule picture? It was obvious, the fabricators of this flick were trying to make Zorro 9/11 but it just didn’t work. – Leslie Strang AkersWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.