In this day of movies by which one cannot tell regardless of whether the motion used to be synthetic by pc iteration or by a cookie cutter, <I>The Mask of Zorro</I> is a grand throwback. It remembers and celebrates the myth workshop that Hollywood used to be and can be at its most suitable. It really is an target audience pleaser within the most suitable sense of the note, merging great-looking performers with wonderful vistas and creation design, a narrative that is common yet certainly not insults the viewer's intelligence, and many eye-popping motion.
Anthony Hopkins stars as the customary Zorro, a masked vigilante masking his folks from authentic corruption in Mexico and what is going to turned into California (from Hannibal Lecter to Merchant-Ivory to motion hero--is there nothing this man cannot do?). He's imprisoned for his troubles, and upon his extricate, mentors an impetuous scholar (Antonio Banderas, extra clever than ever) within the high quality arts of swordplay and triumphing over evil. Catherine Zeta-Jones capably portrays the sweetness linked to the two men--Zorro I's daughter, Zorro II's object of desire.
The plotting contains few surprises, however the interaction between the 3 leads is always profitable, and the winks to the swashbuckling genre are playful with no ever being heavy-handed or campy. <I>--David Kronke</I>