The Mask of Zorro Reviews
Some light fun! Initially this was in my "Not Interested" list and it happened to be the afternoon flick on TV which I couldn't be bothered to change since I don't have a remote. I allowed myself to somehow find some kindling in this story to take my mind of the stressing that was eating me that day and I'm so glad I did. I manage to enjoy the film and feel a little better.
It's a fun plot, the type which I don't mind seeing in different forms. It's well balanced according to my liking and I can watch this again. Cool characters and a cool story. I've probably seen this story many times like this but this really did a nice job with it and with a decent cast. I really liked the humor that's timed nicely through out the adventure with a crazy-cool romance thing happening as secrets are being spilled.
It's 1998 so I do appreciate the action for it's time and I thought the fighting sequences was pretty good. It did a good job of distracting me from what was bothering me so it's a winner for me! A great decision if you got spare time to waste or a nice choice for indecisiveness.
The film is set in the 1800s when Mexico was under Spanish rule and Mexicans were colonizing California. When the Spainsh push the Mexican's buttons too much, one man takes care of it: Zorro. He's got the black mask, cape, gets around in a black horse, his hifeout is a cave, go ahead and call him the Mexican Batman. After Zorro (Anthony Hopkins) witnesses the murder of his wife and kidnapping of his daughter, he becomes depressed and hangs up the Zorro suit for good. But when he comes across Alejandro Murrieta (Antonio Banderas), a man who wants to avenge the death of his brother, Mr. Hopkins gives him the mask and cape to avenge the death of his brother held responsible from a merciless general.
"Zorro" moves at a good pace and features plenty of action. If you were to mix the superhero genre with a swashbuckler, you get "The Mask of Zorro". The film features entertaining performances from the main and supporting cast, perfect production design and shooting style, and delivers barrel loads of fun.
This'll probably be the only time you will see Hannibal Lecter, or Odin, with a tan and a Hispanic accent. Anthony Hopkins plays a good Mexican. He also adds emotion into it since his character has been throught some tough times. But don't expect a lot of emotion, this film is not a tearjerker. Antonio Banderas will always be Zorro in my book. He sly, witty, and the characters fits him excellently. Zorro's personality is similar to that of Batman but has the wit and charisma of Spider-Man. And by sly and witty, I mean sly and witty. Put the word, "zorro", on Google Translate, set it to English from Spanish, and you'll never believe what you'll get! I love Catherine Zeta-Jones in this. And I mean "love" in two ways: her acting and her looks. She had a very good character that had excellent chemistry.
I seem to enjoy the swashbuckler genre because of the dialogue found in most of the films. They have very witty dialogue that I would've never came up with him. They criticize each other in a sword fight and the hero comes up with a very sassy comeback. In "The Mask of Zorro" features a lot of sassy, witty dialogue from, if I'm correct, all the characters. Very well scripted.
Great acting and action and fun dialogue, "The Mask of Zorro" is a swashbuckler classic IMO. Don't get me started on the sequel, folks. Thanks for reading! Leave clean comments below.
"You are like your mother. Same eyes, same mouth, same spirit."
Alejandro Murrieta: Yes. The pointy end goes into the other man.
A nice tribute to old Swashbuckling movies as well as the folk hero Zorro, who was never real by the way.
The film is pretty much perfectly cast. It's a little long, but all very exciting. Shot from wide a distance, opposed to today's generation of quick cuts, so you see all the grand swordplay and other stunts. A fun, enjoyable movie.
Anthony Hopkins as a Mexican, nice. He stars as the older Zorro, who is unfortunately imprisoned and has his daughter taken away from him. Years later he escapes, with revenge in mind.
Antonio Banderas was pretty much born to be Zorro. He has all the looks, energy, and charisma to play this Mexican vigilante.
And Catherine Zeta-Jones is ridiculously good looking here, as the grown up daughter of old school Zorro.
It's a well told story with a lot of fun, action, and humor, not to mention a great sweeping score by James Horner.
Director Martin Campbell, writers Ted and Terry Rossio (who would go on to write the Pirates movies), with the help of Steven Speilberg, has crafted one of the more enjoyable swashbucklers in years.
Don Rafael Montero: Do you recognize him?
Elena: No, but he was young and vigorous.
Elena: He was very vigorous, father.