Legend of Zorro, The (2005, USA) C-129m. SCOPE *** D: Martin Campbell. Starring Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rufus Sewell, Nick Chinlund, Julio Oscar Mechoso, Pedro Armendaríz Jr., Mary Crosby. Rather late follow-up to THE MASK OF ZORRO (1998) is a better movie, surprisingly, as Zorro (Banderas, good this time) decides to leave his wife (Zeta-Jones) and their son to be able to help the underprivileged. Soon, however, he regrets this move, as his wife gets engaged to a rich landowner with sinister plans. Exciting, stylish action adventure with barely any lulls, richly scored by James Horner, well-edited by Stuart Baird. If only the contemporary James Bond and BATMAN movies could have this much zest! Steven Spielberg was among the executive producers.

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