The Count of Monte Cristo Reviews
The Count of Monte Cristo is a classic tale of revenge where a man who is falsly of treason but escapes jail to gains a fortune from his cell mate, which he uses to extract his revenge to the people responcable for his inprisonment. The rest of the story kinda turns away from the book story in order to become entertaining and less confusing. But frankly, that's just a given when adapting this story. I wish they would have focused on Edmond Dantes's obsesive state of mind more, but this movie does have it's great dramatic moments (like when Edmond and Mercedes meet after he comes back after 20 years as the count)
For a very, very old film it does hold up pretty well. Sets and costumes are fabulous, and there is one duel scene which I love because of the camera work. But all qudos must go to the fantastic acting by Robert Donat and Elissa Landi. The really do steal the show. Both were very entertaining to watch.
Maybe I'm being too harsh for a movie that's over 70 years old, but then again this movie isn't as faithful to the novel, and it's a bit dated. But this movie is still entertaining and classic movie lovers will enjoy this movie very much.
(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.