The Legend of Zorro (2005)

Rated PG. Our ratings: V-3 ; L- 0; S/N-1. Running Time: 2 hours 10 min.

“Because the poor are despoiled, because the needy groan, I will now rise up,” says the LORD; “I will place them in the safety for which they long.”
Psalm 12:8

The Legend of Zorro

There have been almost 60 Zorro films from various countries, but I doubt that none have been as expensively mounted as the two starring Antonio Banderas as Alejandro, alias Zorro, and Catherine Zeta-Jones as hid wife Elena. This time the two have been married for a few years and produced Joaquin (Adrian Alonso), a bright son, but not smart enough apparently to recognize when he sees him that Zorro speaks with his father’s voice. Elena, who proved to be a dashing adventurous herself, skilled at swordfighting and acrobatics, is reduced in this film to nagging her husband because he is away so much protecting the oppressed and thus spends too little time with their son and herself. The daring-do is harder to swallow this time arpund, in one case involving Zorro on his horse chasing a speeding train and jumping onto its roof at full gallop. Yeah, sure. The combination of domestic strife and unbelievable stunts and a plot about disrupting the Union that California is about to enter make this a far less satisfying film than the first pairing of Banderas and Zeta-Jones.The Legend of Zorro Rated PG. Our ratings: V-3 ; L- 0; S/N-1. Running Time: 2 hours 10 min.

“Because the poor are despoiled, because the needy groan, I will now rise up,” says the LORD; “I will place them in the safety for which they long.” Psalm 12:8

There have been almost 60 Zorro films from various countries, but I doubt that none have been as expensively mounted as the two starring Antonio Banderas as Alejandro, alias Zorro, and Catherine Zeta-Jones as hid wife Elena. This time the two have been married for a few years and produced Joaquin (Adrian Alonso), a bright son, but not smart enough apparently to recognize when he sees him that Zorro speaks with his father’s voice. Elena, who proved to be a dashing adventurous herself, skilled at swordfighting and acrobatics, is reduced in this film to nagging her husband because he is away so much protecting the oppressed and thus spends too little time with their son and herself. The daring-do is harder to swallow this time arpund, in one case involving Zorro on his horse chasing a speeding train and jumping onto its roof at full gallop. Yeah, sure. The combination of domestic strife and unbelievable stunts and a plot about disrupting the Union that California is about to enter make this a far less satisfying film than the first pairing of Banderas and Zeta-Jones.

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