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The Legendary Zorro

Teaser for swashbuckling sequel online
04 May 2005

It’s been seven long years since The Mask of Zorro graced our screen. While pirates and Puss-In-Boots have done their best to fill the vast, swashbuckling-shaped gap in our hearts, they’ve lacked either the Spanish accent or stylish mask that distinguishes the one, the only, the legendary Zorro. But soft! What light from yonder trailer breaks? It is the all-fencing, all-horseriding sequel, and you can see it here.

The year is now 1850, making it about ten years on from the original film (Empire estimate). Zorro (Antonio Banderas) has promised his wife, Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones) to give up his masked adventuring and live a safe and normal life. As anyone who ever watched a superhero film will know, however, this never works, and soon a new threat emerges that sees Zorro running back to cloak, hat and rapier.

The trailer is heavy on the action, as you’d expect. The derring-do appears to be entirely present and correct, with all the boxes ticked off. Swinging about on a rope and dangerous horseplay on rather rickety-looking scaffolding? Check. Barely surviving an explosion? Check. Sword fights and fisticuffs and flying through windows fist-first? Check. The highlight, however, promises to be a train sequence which, as well as featuring the traditional hanging-off-the-side and jumping-between-carriages bits, also stars a horse rearing on a train’s roof. Surely this must vie with the fire-breathing horse in Batman Begins for equestrian movie moment of the year.

So far, so back to the strengths of the original – lots of tongue-in-cheek action, humour and Antonio swirling that gorgeous Malagueño accent around as the villain twirled his moustache (well, practically). This time, Rufus Sewell is back on baddie duties, which is fine, and CZJ returns to her best role to date. But there is a problem – yes, ladies and gentlemen, there’s a kid. For lo, if your heroine isn’t disposable and she doesn’t end up dead, then shall there be an annoying moppet in the sequel. We’re hoping that Zorro can escape the Curse of The Mummy Returns but the jury’s out on that for now.

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