THE LEGEND OF ZORRO begins seven years after THE MASK OF ZORRO ended. Zorro, Alejandro De La Vega (Antonio Banderas), is still fighting off bad guys and standing up for the average people of Southern California. California is on its way to becoming a state and Alejandro has promised his wife, Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones) that he will put the mask of Zorro up for good once California is an official state. It seems easy enough, but there are many people who don't want California to achieve statehood. Not only that, but De La Vega isn't as sprite as he once was and he has a son, Joaquin (Adrian Alonso),who seems to constantly get in trouble, partially because of his absence of involvement in his life. After the people of California vote to join the Union, Elena believes Alejandro will put Zorro to rest, but the territory isn't officially a state yet. After a feisty argument, Elena and Alejandro separate. She seems to become involved with a French Count who has recently moved into the area and it infuriates Alejandro. There's a worldwide plot afoot to prevent California statehood and it's up to Zorro and his family to stop it.
THE LEGEND OF ZORRO is a decent action-packed film. There was quite a bit of action and the train fight at the end is rather thrilling. I also enjoyed the fact that THE LEGEND OF ZORRO is a family-based film, in that the De La Vega clan ends up fighting together as a family. Banderas and Zeta-Jones do their roles justice and Alonso as their son Joaquin is a good addition to the brood.
However, THE LEGEND OF ZORRO doesn't feel as fresh as THE MASK OF ZORRO did. That is perhaps that it took seven years to make a sequel to the first Banderas and Zeta-Jones Zorro picture. Banderas and Zeta-Jones are always red-hot and their chemistry on screen is sizzling. It seems to take awhile for the actors to get back into their characters and that affects the pacing of the movie. It takes time for the movie to pick up its pace, but once it does it turns into a roller coaster of a ride. Zorro fans shouldn't be disappointed and those who like action movies and modern westerns will probably enjoy this film, too.
Well, it's not as good as it's predecessor. But the Legend of Zorro still makes for decent entertainment. That's due in no small part to the abilities of its two stars, Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The chemistry that they brought to the table in the previous movie is still there, it's just that they were given a whole lot to work with. The story takes up about 10 or 12 years after the last movie. California is about to join the Union, much to the disgust of a … more
Unlike many of the inevitable sequels that follow popular expensive movies, THE LEGEND OF ZORRO is happily a lot of fun to watch. Though overlong in excess of two hours, and though the story line is pushed beyond tolerable limits, it is easy to forgive the many weaknesses of the film and just enjoy the verbal and physical jousting between Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The story this time 'round concerns the broken promise Alejandro de la Vega (Banderas) made to … more
The Zorro brand of hot-blooded derring-do returns withThe Legend of Zorro, starring Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the roles that brought them stardom withThe Mask of Zorro. Now married for ten years and parents to young rascal Joaquim (charming Adrian Alonso, perhaps being set up for a futureSon of Zorro), dashing swordsman Alejandro (Banderas, a Spaniard playing a Mexican) and sultry spitfire Elena De La Vega (Zeta-Jones, a Welshwoman playing a Spaniard) abruptly divorce, sending Alejandro on a drunken binge--which only gets worse when he learns Elena is being wooed by the mysterious Armand (Rufus Sewell, a Brit playing a Frenchman). Little does Alejandro know that Elena has ulterior motives, and that a worldwide conspiracy and a secret weapon will soon threaten the integrity of the U.S.The Legend of Zorrohas way too much plot, leaving room for only two genuinely preposterous donnybrooks and a handful of lackluster brawls. Banderas and Zeta-Jones flash a bit of their considerable charisma, but by and large they (and the movie as a whole) are on autopilot. Not awful, but lacking any real spark.--Bret Fetzer