The Legend of Zorro
Like the 1998 prequel, this action-adventure, with romance and comedy tossed in, is a fun film that draws laughter, clapping and cheers from its audience. It’s 1850, and land purchaser Don Alejandro de la Vega (Antonio Banderas) continues to bear the burden of keeping his alter ego, Zorro, a secret from his 10-year-old son (Adrian Alonso) and all of California. With the toll of the church bell, the people of San Francisco call Zorro to their aid. But de la Vega’s wife and swashbuckling cohort, Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones), fears their enemies will discover their identity and bring harm to their family. A threat to California’s statehood has arisen, forcing Zorro to wear the mask a little longer and inadvertently bring Elena into the adventure, and the two discover that their nemesis, Armand (Rufus Sewell), has greater aspirations than his flourishing winery. Together they must put a halt to his plan while protecting their son, who has discovered that he is more like his father than anyone knew.
“My family is my life” is Zorro’s new slogan and he means it. Director Martin Campbell could have gone either way with this fun filled, action-packed saga. While he may have come close to pushing the limits with this film, he manages to reel himself in several times and presents the viewer with an overall great family movie.
While younger members of the family may have a hard time with some of the action scenes, parents can feel comfortable in viewing this movie with their teenage kids. This picture has something for everyone. Action, drama, suspense and comedy are all woven together beautifully to give the audience a memorable and exciting time.