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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.
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…
I have never really been familiar with the classic story of The Count of Monte Cristo, but I must say it's a pretty good one. I think not knowing about this story enhanced the experience for me, cause there really aren't many of these classic storys I don't know the ending to anymore, so this was a nice and fresh breath of air for me.
Had some good sword fighting and old wise mentor scenes too.
Guy Pearce is always a guy I love hating so he was really fitting for this role.
Dumas was probably rolling in his grave when this was being made. Cannot believe that such an interesting and detailed book got turned into this massive mess.
Is it like the book? Pfft, hell no. But as a Hollywood film adaptation, it's a damn good one. I'm really surprised at how old-fashioned the film is.
The swordplay, the story adaptation the familiar themes, the performances (except for maybe, Luis Guzman, who's a little too modern for my taste), I can't believe this was directed by the man who made WATERWORLD and ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES.
Noticed that you have Jesus (who plays a Bruce Wayne type), a young Superman (who plays Jesus' son); Dumbledore and the Mandarin (I know, I know).
Very loose adaption of the book. Almost a totally different story in many ways.
this is the craziest list I have ever seen in my entire life... also you can 100% guess when my…