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The Mask of Zorro
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Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stuart Wilson, Matt Letscher
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Tri-Star Pictures
Kiddie Movie: This movie has no nudity, no swearing, nothing violently graphic, lots of action, and laughs to boot so I'd say yes.
Date Movie: It's got subtle romance, a hint of sexiness, and a lot of action. So I'd say nobody would be bored in this show. Plus the chicks might dig the sock Antonio stuffed in his pants.
Gratuitous Sex: Unfortunately not, and Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones) needed a haircut.
Gratuitous Violence: Nothing graphic.
Action: Definitely.
Laughs: Yes.
Memorable Scene: Some of the best, stunt, horseback ridding I've ever seen in a movie.
Memorable Quote: Lots of them, but I forgot what they were.
Directed By: Martin Campbell
Produced By: Doug Claybourne, David Foster

The Mask of Zorro
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 2:16 Long

A Review by
Stu Gotz
So me and The Dude on the Right trucked it on down to the gigaplex movie theater and caught "The Mask of Zorro." Oh boy, I gotta tell ya this is one cheese-ball movie, and you wanna talk predictable? Whew… Anyone not seeing the next punch coming or the fact the horse was going to move leaving Zorro on his butt… Well they ought to be given a cat-scan because this was one of the more predictable movies I've seen. Yep… This movie is really cheesy, totally predictable, and thoroughly entertaining. You thought I was trashing this movie, didn't ya? Well nothing could be further from my intent. I want to sing this movie's praises because I really enjoyed it, and it was nothing like any other thing I've ever seen about Zorro, namely the likes of "Zorro, The Gay Blade" starring the ever tanned George Hamilton. (Yea, I know there were some older Zorro flicks, but not in my time, and I haven't spotted them on cable, so until I see them, well, I've got this one, the gay one, and the TV show re-runs on Disney to compare.)

Now, back to my movie comparisons - Sure both movies depicted the legendary Zorro being a pain to the Spanish Governor of California and the hero of the people, but in "The Mask of Zorro," Zorro's sword is held without a limp wrist, and that's a good thing because this movie is filled with some great sword fighting scenes that make Errol Flynn look like a sissy (and some seriously amazing, stunt, horseback riding too). Then if you compare it to the old black and white TV show, well… there is no comparison because that show really does suck! So what I'm trying to say is that the newest incarnation of Zorro is nothing like I've ever seen before. It's like… Well… Remember when you were a kid and you loved to watch the Batman & Robin TV show starring Adam West? It was like "Ha Ha, very funny." Then when you got older you went to see Michel Keaton as Batman, and you weren't sure what to think at first? It was nothing like the old TV show, but more mature and subtly funny. "The Mask of Zorro" is kind of like that.

There is nothing new to the legend of Zorro in "The Mask of Zorro." It's basically a rehash of the old story, and if you're unfamiliar with the story, well that's your tough luck 'cuz I ain't gonna rehash it all here. There is a twist in that there are two Zorros in this film, Zorro #1 played by Anthony Hopkins, and Zorro #2 played by Antonio Banderas (#1 teaches #2 the ways of being Zorro). In the end all I will say is that the ending has sequel written all over it, although the bad dudes from this one won't be in it.

So anyway, the movie is done with a tone that doesn't take itself too seriously and that allows for a lot of fun in the movie. There's explosive action, violence without being too bloody, romance without getting mushy, it was sexy without nudity, and it was even funny. All that being said I highly recommend that you check out "The Mask of Zorro." I give it 4 of 5 stars and I'm Stu Gotz. It was a damn good movie! 'Nuff said.

 

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