Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Movie Review - Legend of Zorro

"Ten years after "The Mask of Zorro", Don Alejandro de la Vega and Elena de La Vega are married with a young son, Joaquin. Alejandro continues to crusade as Zorro and he helps California enter into statehood with the United States. Elena sees it as a perfect opportunity for Alejandro to retire as Zorro and spend more time with her and his young son. However, Alejandro feels a deep sense of duty towards his people and isn't willing to hang up the mask and sword just yet. After an argument, the two separate. Shortly after, Elena inexplicably divorces Alejandro.

Three months later Alejandro is still separated from Elena and finds himself growing more distant from his son. He also hasn't been Zorro since peace has settled in the land. To make matters worse, Elena has become romantically involved with Armand, a Frenchman who she knew from her days in finishing school in Spain. But as jealousy and alcohol consume the former hero, he discovers that Armand isn't everything he seems to be. The aristocrat may be involved in a scheme to undermine California's efforts to join the Union. Can Zorro get his act together, stop the villains, and reclaim his family before it's too late?"

A bit of not so surprise spoilers ahead. Read at own risk.

That explains why I watched the show. I still remember I read it somewhere sometime ago about in an interview, she says she wanna conquer all the man in the world. Hot eh ? That time she wasn't married yet :)

The successful first show "Mask of Zorro" (1998) also add another reason. I always have the thing for old fashioned swords fighting, like The Three Musketeers, to name another one. Mask of Zorro have a balance mixture of action, romance and comedy. Somehow The legend of Zorro..... it's fun, Zorro's humorous still works fine, plus the cute horse. It's just that, nothing much you can say after watching the show.

The show is a bit more than 2 hours. After near 7 years later I feel that Zorro and his wife (Catherine) wasn't as sharp as they used to be, may be age catch up, or they too busy taking care the cute little naughty Zorro Joaquin. The swords fighting scene doesn't give much excitement as well. However it does reflect real life situation, where Zorro is still a normal human being, and there is no such thing as "Happily ever after" when hero saves the day and get the prettiest girl in the movie. But of course, after the divorce they get back and life happily ever after again.

Comes to a certain extend, I would like Zorro compare to other hero movies. May be it's more realistic than those super powers Hero, like Fantastic 4, the Hulk, Spiderman and X-man. But if one would go for these movies, at the end what really matters are the actions.

A 5.5/10 from me. Good for those who are bored, and those that been forced by pretty bored girl :P


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