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:: The Legend Of Zorro

Even for a girl who doesn’t like Western style actions, there is certainly more unpleasant ways to spend two hours than to watch a sexy (though perhaps ageing) Spaniard in black leather jump off moving trains and win back his ex wife through the Latino language of love, jealously.

Fans of Zorro, or the ‘legend’ of Zorro will not be disappointed, nor will they be terribly surprised either. This sequel has more of a personal aspect than the traditional Zorro format, fight, save, fight, win… and get the girl. In the original film, Zorro did get his girl. But after ten years of marriage, Elena is disillusioned with marriage and her husband’s double life and Alejandro, Zorro’s alter ego, is left a lonely man.

No lonely woman, Elena finds herself a new beau, the tediously sophisticated and French Count Armand (Rufus Sewell). Yet hell hath no fury like a jealous Spaniard scorned, and it is delightful to watch the seemingly charming Count hold his composure against Zorro’s resentment. The tension between the men - the count’s sickening suaveness compared to Zorro’s primate instincts - is the most entertaining part of the film.

Zorro is masterfully able to balance the weight of the United States future on his shoulders, impress his ex wife, exert revenge on the man who pursues his ex wife and be a good role model to his son. A little twist is that Elena has a masked agenda of her own. She dominates aesthetic appeal for every scene she’s in, never breaks a sweat even when chased by killer dogs, and flashes a smile of the whitest teeth possible for that 1850s era.

Overzealous scenes of American patriotism, chants and rallies as California desperately tries to become the 31st state of the Union, is amusing. The Legend of Zorro does not employ excessive staged fight scenes and the action is broken up by a narrative component of Zorro’s family issues, which dominates equal screen time to action scenes.

Aside from dealing with a divorce, family issues mean looking after the newest edition to the Zorro clan, Joaquin (Adrian Alonso). The miniscule Zorro takes after his father a lot, starting classroom revolts against his teacher, swinging a ruler like a French sword and armed with a Bart Simpson like sling shot. Keep an eye out for the slight Indiana Jones rip off, as Zorro throws his hat down to his son and the young son vows never to take off the hat.

The Legend of Zorro is entertaining. Enjoy the flow of sequential events of action, lust and funny quips such as, “You want a piece of me, amigo?” and cute ones like Mini-Me Zorro shouting, “I cant wait till my Papi kicks your ass!”