WHAT IS IT?
The Mask of Zorro is a rip-roaring, swash-buckling, action movie featuring the masked hero Zorro! The film stars Anthony Hopkins as Don Diego de la Vega - the original Zorro - Antonio Banderas as Alejandro Murrieta - Diego's successor - and Catherine Zeta-Jones as Elena - de la Vega's daughter.
The film focused on the introduction of the new Zorro and mixed fantastic action sequences, with good performances, a lot of laughs and a dash of romance to create a good ol' fashioned family movie.
The Mask of Zorro was released in 1998 and became both a commercial and critical success, taking over $250 million at the box office. Due to the film's financial success a sequel - The Legend of Zorro - followed in 2005, however the movie wasn't so warmly received.... so let's not dwell on it.
WHAT WAS GOOD?
From the opening act to the dramatic finale, The Mask of Zorro was a heck of a lot of fun that brought swashbuckling back to the big screen with a bang! Banderas was perfectly cast as the masked marvel and the dynamic between the actor and fellow thesp Anthony Hopkins was a real selling point of the movie.
The film also benefitted from a fantastic mix of action and humour. Whilst Zorro's sword play provided some truly exciting sequences, Banderas' comic timing made the character so damn likeable.
Other highlights of TMOZ included:
The introduction of Hopkins' Zorro during the opening act; the sizzling sword fight between Banderas and Zeta-Jones; the epic (yes EPIC) feel to the story; the odious villain Captain Love; and pretty much any scene involving Banderas. In addition, the music, the direction and the script all gelled together so harmoniously that the end result was one of the best action films of the '90s. Forget rancid Hollywood turd-a-ramas such as The Shadow (1994) and Judge Dredd (1995) which clogged up the '90s box-office, The Mask of Zorro was a genuinely brilliant movie about a masked hero!
WHAT WAS BAD?
Jeez, I can't recommend The Mask of Zorro enough.
Seriously, The Mask of Zorro is a perfect 'Saturday night/Sunday afternoon' kind of film. So, next Sunday, when you have a couple of hours of freetime, stick The Mask of Zorro in your DVD/Blu-Ray player (VCR if you're still stuck in the last century), sit back and enjoy.
Disclaimer: The Mask of Zorro is best enjoyed with a large bag of popcorn, a tall glass of ice cold Pepsi* and a very comfy sofa.
*other soft drinks are available.
WHY PUSH THE BUTTON?
There is no button. The button is not welcome here.
As far as The Mask of Zorro is concerned there is no need to erase, reboot, re-imagine or re-work this film.
However, I'm a fair kind of person and I appreciate that not everyone will be a fan of the movie. So for those miserable people out there I have replaced the button with a cannon allowing you to blow the film into smithereens... should you want to do that. You heartless b*$tards.