The Legend of Zorro

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Loud sequel to the Mask of Zorro.
  • PG
  • 2005
  • 129 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Villains are ugly and violent; hero is handsome and violent.

Violence

Lots of explosions, swordplay, falling off cliffs or out windows, shooting, several murders committed in cartoonish styles.

Sex

Some suggestive imagery (cleavage especially), and some banter.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking at parties and in loneliness, as when Zorro despairs over Elena's rejection and gets drunk. A horse drinks and smokes cigars, too.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the movie contains lots of outrageous and stunty violence: explosions, shootouts, sword-fighting, horseback riding, leaping from rooftops and atop racing trains. While most is suitably cartoony, there is one bloody murder (by a sinister villain and his gang) of a sympathetic peasant as he tries to defend his home, leaving his tearful wife and an aggrieved Zorro behind. A young boy is threatened and watches villains beat and almost murder his father. This boy also engages in his own antic violence against the bad guys. Characters smoke (cigars) and drink (sometimes to the point of drunkenness).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJodilbehrens April 9, 2008

Save your money

Save your money and if you must, wait for the video. This was the biggest waist of time and money I have ever experienced. The plot gets confusing: too much a... Continue reading
Adult Written bysss April 9, 2008
Teen, 16 years old Written byAqua-marine!!! January 9, 2012

The legnd of zooro and my story

I liked the movie when i was younger, it used to be my favorite but i love the first (the Mask of Zorro) more now. The movie doesn't show any nude scenes... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

Zorro has much lasting appeal.

I think the character of Zorro (Antonio Banderas) is well played, if not appealing. Girls can be charmed by him (example: my mother) and boys will love the acti...

What's the story?

Alejandro del la Vega, a.k.a. Zorro (Antonio Banderas), is busy fighting to ensure that votes cast in 1850 San Mateo will be counted toward California's statehood, in turn granting the "poor and desperate" (many Mexican-born) inhabitants access to rights and property. But it appears his wife, Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones), is tired of being left behind and wants Alejandro to give up his work as Zorro. When he refuses, Elena divorces him, and takes up with the French Count Armand.

Is it any good?

THE LEGEND OF ZORRO is big and loud, mixing extended action sequences with gestures toward family unity. The film lurches from the family trauma to national security anxieties, or, terrorism by way of The Wild Wild West. A nefarious group is working on of a crater-making, nitroglycerine-based weapon in order to control who has access to U.S. statehood, with complications concerning Pinkerton agents and the bad guys' use of Chinese "coolies." That all of this is filtered through Alejandro and Elena's marital discord replicates the parallels between domestic and global politics James Cameron is so fond of excavating, wherein the world's welfare depends on that of the nuclear family unit. You might hope they sort it out this time, and don't have to try again in seven years.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the costs of keeping secrets from family. How does Joaquin think differently of his father once he knows the truth? How are Elena and Alejandro's lies alike, in that they want to save the country but in the process damage their family?

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