Sequels aren’t always good. But for the most part, they do deliver entertainment. The Legend of Zorro is a sequel, but question is, is it good?
The Legend of Zorro (2005) Film Review
Since taking over the name and duties of Zorro as well as the prominence of a Don, Alejandro de la Vega (Antonio Banderas) has enjoyed a good life. He’s built a loving home for ten years with his wife Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones) by his side and their son. However as California is on the verge of obtaining its independence, Elena has plans for her husband to give up his mask, and now spend time getting to know their son. Plans she also knows he once shared. When they find they are of two different opinions, they separate and eventually, divorce.
This causes Alejandro to spiral and question his path. When he sees his wife standing beside the wealthy Armand (Rufus Sewall), Alejandro takes an interest in his wife’s new life. But it’s what his discovery means for the people that could be more alarming.
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Featuring our same two original stars in Alejandro and Elena, their familiar faces help to make this sequel more interesting. They have good chemistry and rapport though this film, perhaps on par with The Mask of Zorro, they don’t have as much screen time as we may like. They do share some romance-y moments and scenes though which is all nodding to their first Zorro and Elena meetings including a cute team up to fight bad guys near the end.
As a sequel, this isn’t bad. It’s cute and entertaining. The cast is solid and the plot has so many exciting elements, plus who doesn’t enjoy a swashbuckler? All that said, this does run a little overlong. Clocking in at just over two hours, even the excitement, like a dangerous train sequence, doesn’t quite erase or make up for the run time being slightly too much. The film could have cut off ten or fifteen minutes and still be engaging. The end is sweet though and gives the audience plenty to cheer for and root on. In the end, that’s really all any moviegoer can ask.
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Content: This one has some swordplay (as one expects) and death, too. None of it is terribly graphic though and remains on par with the first film. Two people die in explosions. There’s innuendo and “banter” between characters. The sequel rates PG.