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  • An interesting twist in this movie is that Don Diego's wife files for divorce, because he is spending too much time as Zorro, and not enough time as father

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      Whether he is doing comedy or drama or action adventure, Antonio Banderas is always on the mark. He was born to play Zorro, and his choice to play him dramatically with just a layer of comedy is the right choice. Catherine Zeta Jones does well as his wife– ex-wife in this one. With Rufus Sewell, always great as a bad guy, and the other supporting characters, this sequel to the Mark of Zorro is an enjoyable film.

      As California seeks statehood, Armand, a wealthy foreigner played by Rufus Sewell, seeks riches, and he doesn’t care who dies in his efforts to get it. An interesting twist in this movie is that Don Diego’s wife files for divorce, because he is spending too much time as Zorro, and not enough time as father. Their son, Joaquin, idolizes Zorro, but doesn’t know that masked


      man is his own father. He doesn’t even know his own father.

      The FBI, investigating Armand, hires Elena to get up and cozy with him, in order to learn what he is up to. Don Diego is, of course, jealous, and in the course of his jealous, drunken behavior, begins to sniff out peculiar events which lead him, as Zorro, on the trail of Armand.

      There are two scenes involving his son which show us that, even though Don Diego is never there for him, he is learning from his father, or at least his Zorro persona. One scene has the boy going against the overly-stern schoolmaster, displaying expert swordsmanship and agility as he upsets the school day, hopping over desks and out the window. The next scene has him actually going up against some of the bad guys. On a school field ...


      • trip, he finds himself able to spy on peculiar activities, and even though he is rescued by his father, as Zorro, the boy does hold his own against the bad guys, and he helps provide Zorro with a valuable clue.

        Another of my favorite scenes has Elena invited to Armand’s home for dinner. At one point, she sneaks off to a secret room, where Armand is receiving messages from his men in the field. She intercepts a valuable message concerning Armand’s activities, which she passes on to Zorro, who just happens to be there. Earlier in the day, in a scene at the market, Elena talked Armand into buying her a smoking pipe, mainly to get him occupied while she speaks with Don Diego. Now, at dinner, she has to use the pipe as an excuse to be on Armand’s balcony to

        give Zorro the message she just intercepted. She goes into a coughing fit, because she really doesn’t smoke, and this gets him away from the window so Zorro can make good his escape. What’s funny with this is that Elena had thrown her pipe over the balcony. As Zorro leaps from the trellis onto his horse, we see the horse smoking the pipe. This is mirrored earlier when Don Diego was getting drunk at Armand’s party, his horse was taking to the bottle as well. I wonder who taught this horse such vices?

        With several layers of action and comedy, this is a well-balanced, enjoyable foray into early California. It plays well as a western and as an action-adventure stint, so it should satisfy fans of those genres, while getting good laughs from the well-played performers of Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Rufus Sewell.




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