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Legend of Zorro, The
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by Greg Ursic

"Legend lacks the magic of Mask"
3 stars

A decade after freeing the people of the republic of California from the tyranny of elitist Mexican interests and nascent American Imperialism, Alejandro de la Vega (Antonio Banderas) AKA Zorro, oversees the vote for statehood with pride. There are those however who are not interested in the democracy for anyone who isn’t a white Anglo-Saxon Christian and they try to negate the process through intimidation, drawing Zorro once more into the fray. Wife Elena feels that it is time for Zorro to allow the citizens to fight their own battles and spend sometime with his family, and she gives him an ultimatum: put away the mask or leave.

I enjoyed 1998’s The Mask of Zorro for upholding the spirit of its predecessors, the matinee serials: Mask was an energetic romantic swashbuckler with a sense of humor that featured fine performances from Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Antonio Banderas. The studio’s announcement that they were planning a sequel, without Hopkins in the lineup, sounded like a risky gambit at best. The execution proves even worse.

First, I must note, that I initially had major misgivings over the addition of the son, as I felt it was an attempt to up the cutesy factor and pander to the younger demographic, and based on the trailers, I had developed an almost immediate dislike for Adrian Alonso. Thankfully Alonso proved far less annoying over the course of the movie, and I actually found him to be somewhat engaging. Once again Banderas and Zeta-Jones are a joy to watch when they’re together onscreen. In addition there are several some high-octane stunt sequences. So why am I not going to recommend it? The answer has many layers.

First, the chemistry that I referred to between Banderas and Zeta-Jones is cut short by a ridiculous plot premise that separates them for the bulk of the movie. In addition, Zorro’s role - the supposed protagonist of the piece - has been severely stripped down to give Zeta-Jones and Alonso more screen time. The villains, a clan of Illuminati style madmen with grand designs of world domination, reminiscent of the crazier Bond menaces (think Moonraker), are laughably inept and neither frightening nor interesting. More importantly the story has been sanitized this time around – not only does Zorro not kill anyone this time around, he doesn’t even graze them. Finally, at 129 minutes, there is far too much time between action sequences.

b]Mask of Zorro[/b] fans will likely be disappointed by Legend, as it lacks the spark of adventure, spicy pacing, mature humor and chemistry that made Mask a joy to watch. Sadly, it looks like the studio is trying to set the stage for a Zorro Jr sequel.

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User Comments

1/15/09 Shaun Wallner Very Interesting 4 stars
4/30/06 Joe Smaltz modern crappy special effects, (flying people and shit) 1 stars
3/22/06 J. L. Chambers A special Zorro movie. Asking for more is absurd. 5 stars
2/14/06 ES First one sucked a little harder than this one, still see it for free or not at all 2 stars
12/29/05 ALDO NOT BAD... 3 stars
12/22/05 tina mateer at least i did not fall asleep-so-so movie 3 stars
12/15/05 Big C This film was non stop action, the way a Zorro film should be! 5 stars
12/14/05 Corinne Boring, senseless, and ho hum sequel 2 stars
11/18/05 malcolm the kid was the best part. a lot of fun, overall. 3 stars
11/12/05 HLM Fast Paced - not bad 3 stars
11/07/05 Koitus Zeta-Jones is as mesmerizing as ever! ;-) Good flick; quite a few FUNNY scenes! 4 stars
10/31/05 Quigley th action sequences are really spetacular sometimes. banderas is absolutely awesome. see it 5 stars
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  28-Oct-2005 (PG)
  DVD: 31-Jan-2006



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