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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.
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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…
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…
From all the things I liked about this movie, my hat goes off to how the narrative is structured just like a play, with different acts and very specific dynamics in each one.
Another important note is how some characters change their behavior and motivations without losing a natural sense to it; this is important particularly when it comes to body language, with details enriching the whole experience throughout the whole story.
Finally, the way a seemingly harmless rivalry between two friends turns into a massive quest for revenge is simply amazing. Both the film's writers and the original author (Dumas) created something special here. Overall not a classic but a fine movie indeed!
Excellent! Although I have no idea how close this keeps to the source material, it is a simple story with decent performances that hits the mark. Maybe I'll read the book ..... or just watch this again! Interesting to see a younger Henry Cavil in his pre-Superman days.
Two things sent warning bells off in my head here. 1) Jim Caviezel, easily one of the least charismatic leading men of our generation and 2) Kevin Reynolds, frequently a car crash of a director. Colour my surprise, then, if their take on Dumas' classic adventure yarn isn't actually pretty damn good. It doesn't remotely reinvent the wheel in any kind of storytelling, but it faithfully brings a terrific story to life, beautifully shot with a decent cast of players.
Caviezel is right for the role of the eponymous Count, really, as it doesn't require him to do much beyond look dashing and moody - both of which he has down pat as an actor. That's a bit unfair, he…
The Count of Monte Cristo is based on a novel by Alexandre Dumas, that follows a man who was wronged by his trusted friend and then comes for revenge.
I haven't read the book, so I don't really know if the movie is a good adaptation, but in terms of the plot it was really interesting. The movie had a good pace and the acting were good.
I just didn't like the villain that much. He seemed the stereotype of a bad guy but to a point he became really annoying.
In the end, it's a really nice movie to watch.
I really did like this movie, even though it didn't quite follow the plot of the book at all. Jim Caviezel is, of course, completely badass as Edmond Dantes, and Guy Pearce is delightfully slimy as Mondego. Good action, engaging, beautiful scenery, etc. etc.
Pretty cheesy at times and hasn't aged that well but it's a cool story and I enjoyed it.
Oooh, I loved this.
I've never read the book, so I don't know what I'm missing in regards to that; but I thought this story and the character interpretations were stellar.
The classic tale of swashbuckling adventure by the senior Alexandre Dumas comes to the screen in its umpteenth incarnation, this time from Kevin Reynolds, directing his first feature in five years. It is a return to form for the superlative action director, who isn't hampered by the two most common drawbacks to his work: dumb scripts and the presence of his one-time friend Kevin Costner in the cast. This time, Reynolds draws creative water from the well of a classic adventure novel and casts excellent actors Guy Pearce and Jim Caviezel in the leads (as well as terrific supporting players Richard Harris and Luis Guzman in smaller roles). Pearce in particular chews up the scenery with a witheringly fey, callow…
I love period dramas. I love their vivid imagery, and I love the opportunity for the actors to deliver a performance free from modern expectations. The Count of Monte Cristo is such a film for me. The actors deliver exceptionally, especially Jim Caviezel.
The arc of Dantes as he goes from an innocent, trusting young man to a vengeance-bent, cynical adult is one that I never tire of watching. Caviezel's portrayal is heart wrenching, making the audience viewer feel no remorse for those whom he ultimately seeks to kill.
For lovers of the book, it could be said much is unfortunately lacking. Not even a short montage about his adventures across Europe is included. This is a film that definitely broke down the novel and realized what was the most important to portray: a human story of betrayal, loss, and all-consuming revenge. On that front it delivers, spectacularly.
Enjoyable movie in the style of Costners Robin Hood.
Revenge is not ever the final answer to everything. It comes with a cost. When the young Edmond is imprisoned by treason, he is left in a remote castle without any contact with the foreign world. Even the sun is forbidden. Then a priest that is imprisoned a long time than him appears from a hole in the ground by a tunnel that he digged for many years. The priest gives knowledge (italian, militar training, books) to Edmond and he gives help to dig the tunnel to escape captivity.
This movie is based upon the same name book by Alexander Dumas.
I feel like this movie is underrated. Great story with solid performances from Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, and the late, great Richard Harris. Also has some fantastic set pieces.
Whenever a movie is adapted from writing there is a chance to create something wholly original. Something that can stand…