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The Count of Monte Cristo
Prepare for adventure. Count on revenge.
Edmond Dantés's life and plans to marry the beautiful Mercedes are shattered when his best friend, Fernand, deceives him. After spending 13 miserable years in prison, Dantés escapes with the help of a fellow inmate and plots his revenge, cleverly insinuating himself into the French nobility.
As a swiftly paced, populist adaptation that never pretends to convey the depth of the classic novel, it nevertheless entertains and engrosses through its sweeping character arc. It's a little too simplified and comical to take all that seriously (to my never-ending annoyance, my brothers would often comically quote this entire film), with an edit job that keeps characters and plot developments at arm's length, but it does capture the appeal of the novel whilst effectively drawing in a new generation of fans. It might be one of the more effective examples of the recent wave of Dumas flicks. For those with a soft spot for Reynolds problematic but functionally compelling, family-friendly films, this will hit the spot with some…
“The Count of Monte Cristo” is a classic revenge tale that feels as if it was ripped from the Golden Age of Hollywood that stars Jim Caviezel as the Batman-esque Count.
A simple merchant sailor named Edmond Dantes is wrongfully convicted of being a spy by corrupt officials (one of whom was his best friend) because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and is imprisoned in the hellish prison Château d'If for the remainder of his life. Just when Dantes is about to give in to despair another inmate named Abbé Faria tunnels into his room and the two form a friendship. Over the next eight years Abbé Faria schools Dantes extensively in science, language,…
Picked this one up at a yard sale today and can happily say it was well worth the dollar I paid for it. Very intelligent directorial and writing choices makes this a truly satisfying epic at a just slightly over 2 hour run time. I understand a great deal of changes were made to the source material (haven't read it) but I can say I really enjoyed this story told this way and would be interested to read the book. Director Kevin Reynold's who was behind the famously over budget "Waterworld" shows he can create a very sprawling authentic historical feel making a 35 million dollar budget look and feel 50+.
Acting wise Pearce is strong as the despicable villain…
Having read The Count of Monte Cristo, I can say with some verity that this should not be called an adaptation. Really, the book is too large and complex for one movie, even a two-and-a-half hour one. No, Kevin Reynolds' Count is an action hero at the center of an action movie, spurred along occasionally by heavy-handed ruminations on justice, revenge, and God.
Bad first: the script. It occasionally felt juvenile and, erm, cheesy. Otherwise, it was being, again, heavy handed. You just can't squeeze huge themes about the natures of man and justice and revenge into a movie that is primarily drawing on action scenes to keep the viewers' attention. Further, there was much more comic relief than in…
Installment in my Adapted April Challenege
This has been a favorite of mine for quite some time. So, when I drew it in my Adapted April Challenge I was quite pleased; I was planning on rewatching it anyways.
I haven't read Alexandre Dumas's book but I would like to sometime in the future. Considering how much I like this film, I'm sure I'd greatly enjoy the book.
Guy Pearce is absolutely fantastic. His portrayal of the vile, skullduggerous Mondego is outstanding. I am firmly convinced that he is one of the best actors out there and I'm glad we're seeing more of him in Hollywood these days, even if it must be in the woeful Lockout. Jim Cavizel, on the…
My favourite popcorn-film. Entertainment at it's finest - feels like a film they just don't make anymore.
An underrated movie. It took a nice twist on the classic Dumas story of revenge.
I read the original novel years back and it instantly became one of my favorite books of all time. I picked up the unabridged version and read over the course of a summer. This film doesn't try to adapt the novel page by page or line by line. That is just fine. It takes the basic premise and adapts it into a 2+ hour revenge story featuring brilliant performances. I have always loved this film. Caviezel has always been a favorite actor of mine and I always wished there was a 7 hour directors cut with him in the lead role. Wishful thinking. I love this film and highly recommend the novel to everyone who is interested.
I loved the book and I'm actually happy I watched the movie first because if I had done otherwise I would have not like the fact the movie is not entirely true to the book.
Kinda like a reverse Ben Hur, but still a heap of fun!
Swashbuckling and revenge!
It deviates from the book enough where I'd still like to see a faithful adaptation at some point, but this is still a fun take. The movie has an old, classic Hollywood feel to it that makes it all the more enjoyable.
So I enjoyed this movie once again. It has been a long time since I have seen it and though it is slow in parts, it delivers. Richard Harris is great and priest, and Jim Cavizel and a Dantes shows that he is versitle and foreshadows his Jesus role in Passion of the Christ.
Guy steals jesus's mercedes .
then he steals keanu's puppy .
now he got neo AND jesus chasing his sorry ass...
its not going to end well.
before pride and prejudice, and after dirty dancing, there was this.
aka my mum and i share the same comfort movies and are more willing to rewatch the same beloved thing hundreds of times than be disappointed with something new.
"I'm a priest, not a saint"
The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the greatest tales of revenge ever written, and this movie does a pretty good job translating that into a solid movie. At first Jim Caviezel seems a little oddly cast as Edmond Dantes, but it does not take long until he perfectly slips into the role of the Count. Forever the face ive connected to this story was that of Richard Chamberlain from the 1975 TV-movie by the same name, but the count wears a new face in my memories.
Guy Pearce is great as always. I just love looking at his ugly, smug, bastard face. I kind of hate how typecasted he is as the…