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Zorro returns, with wife and kid
Posted on : Thu, 27 Oct 2005 19:02:01 GMT | Author : Pat Fryer
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What happens when a superhero is saddled with a wife and kid? If you don't know, head for the theaters playing <em>The Legend of Zorro</em>. For in the film, our favorite western superhero Don Alejandro is married to his sweetheart Elena and the two have produced a kid too. The sequel to <em>The Mask of Zorro</em> without doubt is full of western shenanigans with the sword, peppered with comedy and drama.What happens when a superhero is saddled with a wife and kid? If you don't know, head for the theaters playing The Legend of Zorro. For in the film, our favorite western superhero Don Alejandro is married to his sweetheart Elena and the two have produced a kid too. The sequel to The Mask of Zorro without doubt is full of western shenanigans with the sword, peppered with comedy and drama.

Don Alejandro (Antonio Banderas) and Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones) are married and are the proud parents of 10-year-old Joaquin (Adrian Alonso). Joaquin, who is a superhero of sorts in his kiddie fraternity, emulates Zorro every chance he gets, blissfully unaware of the fact that his always-absent father is actually the superhero he adores so much.

Fighting the baddies might win Zorro adulation all around but does little to appease his attention-deprived wife. Elena tells Zorro to give up being the superhero and instead focus his attentions on the family and their relationship. Bound by a sense of duty, Zorro refuses, only to be divorced by Elena. How the couple got such a fast divorce in the 1850s remains a mystery, especially since Angelina seems to be waiting forever for Brad to get unmarried to Jen.

Fighting his marital crisis and a sense of alienation from his son, Don's misery is compounded when he finds that Elena is dating her long-time friend Armand (Rufus Sewell), a French aristocrat who wastes no time in making the most of her divorce. A drunken bout and heartbreaks later, Don discovers that Armand is actually the chief of the Knights of Aragon, a secret fraternity that wants to ruin America and make sure that California does not join the Union.

Helping Armand in his evil endeavors is armed hoodlum McGivens (Nick Chinlund). What follows is swashbuckling action, excellent sword work and numerous laughs provided not only by the actors, but also Zorro's horse Tornado, who finds it difficult to take on the villain without a cigarette and a couple of swigs of beer.

Battling conflicting emotions about her husband and her own love for justice and action, Elena is also thrust into the melee, a development she doesn't really mind. In short, the film takes the recipe of The Mask of Zorro and garnishes it with domestic life and its pluses and minuses.

However, one stark difference between The Mask of Zorro and The Legend of Zorro is that the latter goes beyond being pure action. As Rufus 'Armand' Sewell puts it, “There's just as much fighting. But the difference is whether you're going to dispatch someone by cutting their throat or by bonking them on the head. There might be a little bit more head-bonking now.” Joaquin's classroom antics are endearing and are sure to be a hit with the younger lot.

Catherine Zeta-Jones, who was catapulted into the big league by The Mask of Zorro, shows she's more than a pretty face (and extremely pretty might we add). In spite of a number of hits, marriage and two children, Zeta-Jones carries off the role of the unpolished beauty Elena with élan. Her chemistry with Banderas has survived the ravages of the years after their earlier flick.

The film is definitely worth a watch. Even if action isn't your cup of tea, this one has plenty to offer in the performances, good looks, and comedy departments.
 
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