The Count of Monte Cristo Reviews
"the count of monte cristo" is alexander dumas' classic tale of chivalric avengence. donat plays dantes who has been wrongly accused of treason, and he vows to revenge due to the loss of his youth and his one true love, then he discovers the treasure of monte cristo so he purchases himself a status to cast doom to those who have mistreated him maliciously. it has the essence of swashbuckler as well as the confrontation of good and evil, but it's dubbed with a sense of solemnity instead of the errolesque frivolosity which populates in this gendre.
the movie remains faithful to dumas' book and robert donat does have the knightly presence of enigmatic count and his elegance oozes from the sword duets and every suave phrase of his. the story is handled concisely to catch up the proper pace without over-sentimentalized melodramaticity despite its apparent tint of romanticism.
eccentricly the mere approach for this flick to occur to people's sight would be the cameo in "v for vedentta" which is natalie portman's recent flick of dystopic graphic novel. "the count of monte cristo" becomes the parallelling comparison to the disfigured pratagonist's ruin of wretched betrayls.
robert donat's accomplished performance in monte cristo earns himself an opportunity to take the lead in "captain blood" which leaves to errol flynn later. but donat turns it down becuz of his disdain for hollywood and his reluctance to shoot the production inside united states. donat is also one of hitchcock's fav leading men and hitchcock has scheduled three flicks in a row for him: "the 39 steps"," the secret agent" and "sabotage" but donat could only be in one due to his asthma illness and his dilemma of multi contracts. donat shall be one of the most talented, handsomest and mostly underused actors in britain who could have achieved superstardom. but he's tragically forgotten, so is his "count of monte cristo".
(1934) The Count of Monte Cristo
A movie based on a novel by Alexander Dundas. This is no ordinary swashbuckling film but a film about retribution. And the hero does this without really any physicality or predictable confrontaions BUT by using his wits, ingenuity and a lot of money. This film also does a good job about a mans dilemmas of retribution since the central character was a Christian.