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Legend of Zorro (SE)
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9 years ago By: Sturdy
Legend of Zorro (SE) order
Director:
Martin Campbell

Actors:
Antonio Banderas
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Rufus Sewell

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Zorro returns to once again save California from an evil plot. But this time he must also save his marriage and his son.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
If the two Antonio Banderas starring Zorro movies were shown back to back, the average viewer may not be able to tell you where one ends and the other begins. For some franchises, this would be a bad thing. In the case of Zorro, it worked out just fine.

I can honestly say I wasnít expecting much from Legend. At the time of the originalís release, I wanted a sequel. I thought it was the perfect film for a sequel and I was surprised as the years went on and we didnít get one. When Legend was announced ten years later, I thought the franchise was over and it was just too late to revisit the series.

I was wrong. The writers managed to come up with an original plot and very interesting and captivating sub-plots that breathed new life into the film and kept the viewer interested. Director Martin Campbell managed to keep the best aspects of the original without beating them to the ground. Legend was just as entertaining and just as much fun as the original.

If I have one complaint, itís that it was a little too long. At over two hours and ten minutes, I really felt they couldíve sped things up a bit. There was a whole scene with Alejandro and Armand playing polo that not only dragged on, but it didnít fit very well. But hey, with all the second rate sequels out there, I guess I shouldnít complain.
THE EXTRAS
Given the quadruple dip of the original, I fully expect there to be another edition of Legend in the future. With that said, I do feel that this edition will suffice all but the true completists.

Commentary with director Martin Campbell and Phil Meheux: I was a big fan of the commentary on the original and Martin Campbell keeps it going here. I still say he gives one of the best commentaries around. Good stuff here.

Deleted Scenes (10:19):Nothing special here. Although, it is interesting to note that they completely changed the opening and closing sequence to make it easier to film a third installment. Hopefully they wonít wait another ten years to film part three.

Stunts Featurette (9:20): Typical stuff on this one. Of course, they had to pick it up a little from the original and that meant they had to get more creative.

Playing With Trains featurette (12:25): The name says it. They discuss all the details with the train stunts and the difficulties they had.

Armandís Party featurette (12:02): The party was a big scene and here they talk about the logistics involved with filming a scene of that size.

Visual Effects featurette (5:49): The fire in the barn and the train were really the only visual effects scenes in the film. I thought the fire was decent, but the clips of people on the train needed some work. Here they talk about those scenes.

Multi-angle scene deconstructions: These are two scenes broken down into different angles. It was an interesting addition that allowed you to view them in final, rehearsal and filming forms.

There are also some Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I guess one of the things that works well for Zorro is the fact that itís a family oriented swashbuckling film that respects its audience. It doesnít dumb down just because itís PG and it doesnít feel the need to be inappropriate. If you enjoyed the first one and you want to continue the adventure, LEGEND OF ZORRO will not disappoint.
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