The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo ★★★★

"There are 72,519 stones in my walls. I've counted them many times."
"But have you named them yet?"

The Count of Monte Cristo is tremendously underrated. It is one of the few - actually maybe even the only - more recent film that captured the feel of the great classic adventure movies. Moreover, it stays close to the source material, which is perhaps my favorite novel of all time.

I haven't seen the other film adaptations of The Count of Monte Cristo, but I doubt there has ever been a better Abbé Faria than Richard Harris in one of his last starring roles. The action scenes in Monte Cristo, though small in number and scale, are fast and perfectly executed. The only downside, I feel, is that that actual plotting and extracting of Monte Cristo's revenge felt a bit rushed. But that gives me another opportunity to read Dumas' novel again.

Great story, great adventure, great cinematography...we need more of these kind of films.

As a sidenote: the filmposter however is just terrible.

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