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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.
The Count of Monte Cristo is a nice throwback to an older Hollywood era when swashbuckling films were all the rage. There’s plenty of swordfights, intrigue and romance to keep the movie entertaining at a cool 2 hours, which is fairly impressive considering the book is roughly 800 pages long.
Set in France after the Napoleonic era, a young sailor named Edmond Dantes (Jim Caviezel) is betrayed by his best friend Fernand (Guy Pearce) and falsely imprisoned for 14 years. He escapes with the aid of a fellow prisoner (Richard Harris), finds treasure on the island of Monte Cristo and uses his newfound wealth to plot an elaborate revenge on his enemies.
It’s a very adequate film – not great,…
Beautifully filmed with great pacing.
A butchered adaptation.
Já assisti a este filme algumas vezes e não me canso. Sei que o filme não é muito bom e cada vez mais consigo enxergar seus problemas, mas a história de Dumas é tão boa que o faz valer a pena.
The memory of this film made me invest in the full Audio Book which I truly loved, this film could never hold up to the epic nature of the book. But still this film does a good job of getting the basics of the story across to you and the changes which do not do the film justice do help make it a better story for a film.
I've watched it several times. The plot is compelling, and distilled passionately here. Guy Pearce is a great bad guy. This is a fun adventure with some dark undertones. I really like the whole Master Splinter scenario--gives me the fuzzies (really though).
The Count of Monte Cristo is a solidly crafted and very entertaining adventure film. All the scenes taking place at the prison were excellent, as well as the escaping sequence, and they were probably the movie's most exciting moments. Later on, it remained truly enjoyable, although during the final half an hour it lost some strength. Jim Caviezel did an amazing job playing Edmond Dantes and Richard Harris was superb in his role as Abbé Faria. The melodramatic and romantic elements were well developed, and on this side I was pleased by Dagmara Dominczyk's lovely performance. Guy Pearce was good, but his acting effort pales compared to Caviezel's.
Three and a half for the flick, four point five for the Dumas lit.
I love this movie a fantastic story of revenge.
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