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 collection of a mysterious alliance of Europeans, cowboys and a Confederate General (never mind that the Confederacy was still 8 or 9 years away from existing, let alone raising an army or finding spiffy uniforms in which to dress its officers). The son that Alejandro/Zorro (Banderas) and Elena (Zeta-Jones) is now a Zorro-worshipping little hellion bored with school. While Alejandro relishes his mission as a 19th century superhero righting wrongs and fighting injustice, Elena worries about the safety of their son should Alejandro's true identity ever become known.
Her novel solution to lessen her concern about the little tyke's health is to divorce his father. How's that? Well, trust me, she seems to think it's a good idea.
Alejandro does what every superhero does when faced with a choice between his family and his people, he starts swilling wine!
You would think that I hated the movie, but the fact is, I still enjoyed it in the same vein that I've enjoyed every James Bond movie (except the ones with Timothy Dalton and that Lazenby guy). In other words, don't look for historical or geopolitical accuracy. Don't try to figure out how a guy can run across multilayered roofs and still an managed to head off a rider on a horse that had head start on him, and please don't wonder why so many guys are fighting with swords when they were just seen brandishing a six-shooter only moments before. If you're willing to put those little qualms aside and just settle back with some popcorn, you'll still enjoy the Legend of Zorro.
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. … 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