Hopkins's performance aside, The Mask of Zorro somehow managed to keep itself afloat despite steamrolling through almost every action movie cliche in the books. In retrospect, The Mask of Zorro never loses its freshness precisely because we are continually presented with new formations of the action movie spectacle in a genre we haven't seen much of in a while. Part Robin Hood, part disaster movie, part young warrior in training movie, another part Robin Hood, Zorro seems to take the most classical elements of all of these action genres and put them together in a way that we know we've seen it all before, yet still enjoy the ride.
None of this is to say that The Mask of Zorro is a film masterpiece. Despite a strong performance by the hit-and-miss Antonio Banderas and an enchanting turn by Catherine Zeta-Jones as the princess/noble woman/whatever with a heart of gold, this film subjugates emotion to action. So don't expect to be swashbuckling out of the theater.
A new DVD ofers commentary track, deleted scenes, and a making-of documentary. The new Deluxe Edition adds a sneak peek at the follow-up The Legend of Zorro.
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Run time: 136 mins
In Theaters: Friday 17th July 1998
Box Office Worldwide: $250.3M
Distributed by: Sony Pictures Entertainment
Production compaines: TriStar Pictures, Amblin Entertainment
Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Fresh: 57 Rotten: 12
IMDB: 6.7 / 10
Director: Martin Campbell
Starring: Antonio Banderas as Alejandro Murrieta / Zorro, Anthony Hopkins as Don Diego de la Vega / Zorro, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Elena Montero / Elena Murrieta, Stuart Wilson as Don Rafael Montero, Diego Sieres as Young Joaquín Murrieta, José María de Tavira as Young Alejandro Murrieta, Emiliano Guerra as Boy Crying, Yolanda Orisaga as Woman Crying, Paco Morayta as Undertaker, William Marquez as Fray Felipe, Tony Amendola as Don Luiz, Pedro Altamirano as Squad Leader, Luisa Huertas as Nanny, María Fernández Cruz as Baby Elena de la Vega, Julieta Rosen as Esperanza de la Vega, Raúl Martínez as Heavyset Lieutenant, Victor Rivers as Joaquín Murrieta, L.Q. Jones as Three-Fingered Jack, José Pérez as Cpl. Armando Garcia, Tony Cabral as Soldier Holding 'Wanted' Poster, Tony Genaro as Watering Station Owner, Iván Rafael as Small Boy at Watering Station, David Villalpando as Stupid Soldier, María Fernández Cruz as Baby Elena de la Vega, Mónica Fernández Cruz as Baby Elena de la Vega