As I sat down to watch this in 2002, I expected to witness all of the action, emotion, and suspense of the book. I hoped to see a a film that would grip me and remind me of my love for the story- instead, I got this piece of junk.
It was a good movie, yes. It did sort of hold true to the book, yes. However, as I watched the plot go from wrong to worse, I became more and more disappointed, until the end of the movie, with a scene of a frantic, reckless duel between Edmond and Ferdinand. The book comes nowhere close to this, nor would the well-educated Count of Monte Cristo engage in such a terribly fought battle. I was upset.
Plot aside, the cinematography was well done, and the story came together nicely, if not accurately, to pull up the same feelings of betrayal as the book. However, this comparison is not even worth mention, truly, as they are two entirely different stories after Dantes's trip to the Chateau d'If.
If you are in the mood for a cinematic Count of Monte Cristo experience, I suggest the anime series "Gankutsuou" AKA "The king of the cave". It's a wonderful futuristic, sci-fi interpretation of the book that plays almost perfectly in sync with the book, compared to this movie.
I would suggest watching this movie, but know that it is not, and doesn't come close to being, the book.
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