The Mask of Zorro
No one has seen his face... but everyone ... knows this mark.
It has been twenty years since Don Diego de la Vega fought Spanish oppression in Alta California as the legendary romantic hero Zorro. Having escaped from prison he transforms troubled bandit Alejandro into his successor, in order to foil the plans of the tyrannical Don Rafael Montero who robbed him of his freedom, his wife, and his precious daughter Elena all those years ago.
I hadn't seen this film since I first watched it in the cinema 15 years ago, so it was basically like a brand new film for me. Honestly, I really enjoyed it. Martin Campbell obviously made a conscious decision to go for a very classic, old-movie vibe when directing this and I think it pays off.
The sword fights are fantastic, and the stunt work in general is great. The chemistry between all of the actors is spot-on, too. The movie is a bit too long, but I was never bored during any of it.
Sometimes you watch a film and you just connect with it. Just something in you gloms onto it in a way you can't quite explain. It's not just the acting, or the cinematography, or the soundtrack. It's some basterd mix of everything, and it just grabs you by the heart and you just connect with it for the rest of your life. You memorize every scene, every quote. You pop the DVD in when you feel a little down. You try and show it to everyone you possibly can, sometimes against their will. We all have at least one movie like this, and mine happens to be The Mask Of Zorro.
As I sad, it's hard to explain WHY I…
A mildly entertaining, and, at times rather funny, Zorro story. Anthony Hopkins was good as Zorro, who wants to seek his revenge from the man who imprisoned him and stole his daughter (played by Catherine Zeta Jones), as was Antonio Banderas his successor and and love interest for CZJ.
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A well done if a little too comical action flick that appropriately has superb sword fights. This was the first movie Zeta-Jones made her mark in and she is breathtakingly beautiful and can act. Banderas and Hopkins are an interesting duo.
Didn't know what to expect from this. I had originally put it on to fall asleep to. But I ended up watching all of it. Antonio Banderas is perfectly cast as Zorro. Even Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins did well and they both aren't even Spanish. But just put a little bronzer on Hopkins and I believed him.
A good, old-fashioned action movie with some fantastic stunts. It's longer than it needed to be and the ending is surely overblown, but there is enough charm in this film to please most viewers.
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I'm not sure what put me in the mood to watch this but for some strange reason the urge hit me.
"Do you even know how to use that?"
"Sure, pointy end goes into the other man."
One of the great underrated adventure films, The Mask of Zorro is a swashbuckling good time that has a great story to be performed for its great actors.
I was surprised watching this again just how much fun it was. It's underrated to say the least, featuring a great 'passing of the torch' dynamic that concludes itself with a great parallel action sequence. Banderas and Hopkins are great as each form of the titular hero, as is director Campbell, showcasing his great talent at mixing adventure, comedy, and well choreographed action. On the side, it's no surprise, when comparing them, that it is from the same screenwriters of the first 'Pirates of the Caribbean' film. Both films feel like modern adventure classics, something our film and blockbuster-reliant culture deserves much more of. There are some classic scenes here that need to be rediscovered
A very fun swashbuckling romp that you aren't supposed to take seriously. Catherine Zeta Jones is stunning in this film.
Good mix of action,comedy and Cathrin zeta jones. You can't go wrong with that recipe. I haven't seen this in a long time. But I think watching it every 8 years wouldn't be bad. Well I doubt I will watch it in another 8 years. But watching twice isn't bad.
I enjoyed this movie greatly when I first saw it in the cinema, and I think it still holds up nicely. One of the things that I clearly remember is Catherine Zeta-Jones. While I must have seen her in The Phantom two years earlier, I don't remember her from that movie. But here, it was like seeing a movie star appear before my eyes. Besides being absolutely stunning, a true beauty, she turned in a great performance, easily holding her own with the other actors on the screen.
The movie is simply a lot of fun, but I don't think it's fun you have to feel guilty for liking. It's got some great action scenes, it's amusing, and while the movie is over two hours long, I don't think it drags. I wish that director Martin Campbell had brought some of this energy to Green Lantern.