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October 28, 2005 Edition > Section:  Arts and Letters

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Family Matters in the Wild West
Movies

By JOHN DEVORE
October 28, 2005

A D V E R T I S E M E N T

"The Mask of Zorro" was a worthy addition to the post-"Raiders of the Lost Ark" genre of pseudo-serials, which also includes movies like "The Mummy" and last year's underrated "Sahara.""The Legend of Zorro" doesn't live up to its predecessor, but it does deliver, on a significantly reduced budget, the memory of what made it such a pleasing Hollywood bauble: grandiose Southwestern landscapes, evil villains, preposterous derring-do, and seductively cheesy star power. After all, it was the original "Zorro" that gave the world the gorgeous, cheeky Welsh starlet Catherine Zeta-Jones.

That was seven years ago, when Antonio Banderas and his co-star were in the prime of the leading-man and -lady territory. Now they're getting a bit long in the tooth, so it's not altogether surprising that the filmmakers have reimagined the sequel for a younger demographic, as a child's-eye view of the romance between his parents. Fortunately, the two leads remain movie stars through and through.

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