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  • The Mask Of Zorro

    • JD
    • 7/19/15

    This film features both Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas in the title role as Zorro, the former as the original and the latter as his replacement. The original Zorro, the masked hero of the early 1800's Mexican territory, does battle with the political leader of the region and is eventually captured. His fortune gone, and his family taken from him, Zorro ends up as a prisoner and his young daughter claimed by the ruthless political Governor to be his own. Years later, an aging Zorro escapes, finds a petty criminal, and trains him to be the next Zorro so that he may extract revenge. Hopkins, the original Zorro, teaches his replacement the fine points of being both a gentleman and a fighter, these being trademarks of Zorro. Zorro doesn't just fight, he fights with style. As time goes by, the new Zorro not only learns his craft, he also falls in love with the long ago kidnapped daughter of the original Zorro. The now adult daughter, played well by Catherine Zeta-Jones, has no idea that Hopkins is her father, and slowly begins to realize the truth about her family. This is a fun movie, the action and effects are first rate, and the chemistry between the cast is good. I thought the Banderas version of Zorro was a bit goofy, but that was the intent of the filmmakers, the character evolving into a hero like the original. Catherine Zeta-Jones, is as always, beautiful and perfect for this role. Not there just to look at, she really knows her way around a sword as well. The film score, done by the late James Horner, is excellent. It really adds to the film, the music set well to the scenes. There have been many film and television versions of the Zorro story, including not only this film, but a sequel to this movie as well. I actually prefer the sequel slightly, but this entertaining film holds its own in the long history of Zorro. A fun action movie, a solid story with humor on top of drama, and a good musical score set to great cinematography.

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