The Legend of Zorro

 (1,378)6.02 h 10 min2005X-RayPG
Despite trying to keep his swashbuckling to a minimum, a threat to California's pending statehood causes the adventure-loving Alejandro de la Vega (Banderas) - and his wife, Elena (Zeta-Jones) - to take action.
Martin Campbell
Antonio BanderasCatherine Zeta-JonesAlberto Reyes
English [CC]
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Walter ParkesLaurie MacDonaldLloyd Phillips
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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David JordanReviewed in the United States on September 17, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Really jumps the shark
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This isn't really a Zorro movie. Yes, Zorro is the main character, but all of the elements that we'd normally associate with a Zorro movie are absent. Like instead of being set in early 19th century Mexican California, we're in 1850, in American California. Guns and bombs abound, but Zorro is still there anachronistically swashbuckling with his sword. And there are absurd crimes against well-known history. We're up in Northern California (instead of Los Angeles), during the gold rush but with no visible sign of it. The Civil War is also going on, a decade before it started. We see the Spanish-speaking Californios excitedly voting to join the US as a state when in reality the US conquered them militarily, as part of the Mexican-American war. The plot seems to be a mashup of the Da Vinci Code and a James Bond movie. When the movie finally gets around to the plot, we learn that the bad guys are trying to prevent the US from challenging Europe by having the two sides of the Civil War destroy each other. (Which is pretty much what happened anyway, so this seems like a bizarre super-villain plan). And get this, the way they're going to have the two sides obliterate each other in a stalemate is by giving a superweapon to one of the sides. You know, so they can quickly end the war, and then use the superweapon to challenge Europe. The whole thing really is quite painful.

There were some good bits. Catherine Zeta-Jones is as gorgeous as ever. And I kind of liked the kid (hers and Zorro's son) with his proto-Zorro rebellious behavior. They start out like he's actually going to come into his own as a mini-Zorro, which would have been kind of cool, although somewhat preposterous. But the end up reverting him to being a child Zorro needs to protect, showing us what a family man he is. I'd rather have seen him take his place as a man.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on May 14, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Can't tell what story is about until 1/2 way through
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Zorro was created in 1919 by writer Johnston McCulley as a hero who stood up for the poor against the avaricious Mexican elite like Robin Hood. In this 2005 movie adaptation Zorro was protecting California against the greedy. The issue was the story wasn’t revealed until half way through the film so viewers had no real idea what was going on at first.

There’s a rousing start as Zorro stops a crooked American from stealing some votes. It has a nice mix of action and comedy. The problem is afterward the plot seems barely discernable. Who exactly Zorro’s opponent is or their plans are not revealed until the mid-point in the movie.

That doesn’t mean things aren’t enjoyable. You get immersed into Zorro’s family and get the charms of Antonio Banderas’ acting. It just could have been better with more clearer writing.
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m.c.829Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing Sequel
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Yes, the first movie was great, one of my favorites of all-time in fact. But it had it's flaws as many films do, and this one is no different. Despite that, I truly feel like this movie is just as good as the first one.

Read on for a full, spoiler-free review.

Plot)) Very straightforward storyline here, but the setting and the execution doesn't make it boring at all. It is meant for family, so don't expect a complicated plot. I thought there was enough to make it interesting, I definitely wanted to see the where it would lead, but I do wish there'd been more substance in some aspects (a product of its time).

Comedic Timing)) To me, this movie had far better humor overall than the first one, but I do miss the quippy, sarcastic remarks of the first movie--this one had a lot of witty one-liners, but it wasn't the same. You could chalk it up to a more mature character. Not bad, just different.

Action)) I loved the action in this movie, it wasn't overdone. Each scene lent itself to the plot, none of it was just to have something exciting. I also loved loved loved that Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones) had more involvement and her own action to deal with. Of course, I loved the boy who played Elena and Alejandro's son as well!

Overall, not a bad film to watch with the family. Highly recommend!
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J. GordonReviewed in the United States on December 20, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Family Movie - Full of Action
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I have been a Zorro fan for years and enjoyed the Mask of Zorro when it first came out. However, I never knew they had made a follow-up to the movie and that Martin Campbell had directed the Legend of Zorro ! Martin Campbell is known for directing many of the James Bond movies. The movie has some pros and cons. The cons being that the movie is very long and I think most kids would not sit through a 2 hour movie. The pros of the movie is that is family oriented, full of action and the stunts were awesome ! This is a great movie to watch on a rainy Saturday night or a snowy Sunday while the home fires are burning. The other pro is the fact that the rental was affordable at only $3.99.
Susanne RauchReviewed in the United States on September 27, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Just good fun
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I love this movie, romance, action, a little humor...It's nice to get away from the garbage that is going on in the country right now. A very nice escape!
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Steve DungerReviewed in the United States on June 14, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A movie that's action packed from beginning to the end!
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A very exciting movie with a lot of action, I loved the Spanish music that was playing in the background. I felt like I was right there fighting alongside them. It was just a great movie, perhaps even better than the first one. (With Blu-ray, it's worth getting, the picture is very clear and you get a lot of extras like behind the scenes and more.)
4 people found this helpful
dancingwaltz1Reviewed in the United States on October 5, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Just terrible. Plain awful!
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I saw it in the theaters in in 2005 and couldn't remember a thing about the plot and now after rewatching a 2nd time can see why it was so forgettable because it was an absolutely terrible story. I mean nothing even remotely to the original. None of the same Spanish/Mexican style humor. Thank goodness I didn't pay for it. Save yourself the agony.
Paul S. PersonReviewed in the United States on November 5, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Alternate History
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This film has it all -- the same actors, lots of action, lots of colorful sets, and so on.
It has only one problem: it's history is completely messed up.
However, it has enough action to simply turn off your brain and enjoy!
If you enjoyed /The Mask of Zorro/ and you don't think about the history, you should enjoy this film!
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