The Legend of Zorro

  • Review Date: January 30, 2006
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 129 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Loud sequel to the Mask of Zorro.
  • Review Date: January 30, 2006
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 129 minutes

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What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
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.

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).

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Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 28, 2005
DVD release date:January 31, 2006
Cast:Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Emerson
Director:Martin Campbell
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Adventures
Run time:129 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:sequences of violence/peril and action, language and a couple of suggestive moments

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Teen, 16 years old Written byAqua-marine!!! January 9, 2012
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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 like the first one where there were some imagary of several mens behinds. It's a bit less action packed than the first.In terms of sex, there is a suggestive scene where Zorro is naked in bed (by himself and only see's waist and up in film) but a nun comes in and almost sees him, there's also a scene of some naked men in a round relaxing tub playing a card game and zorro gets up and reads a letter from Elena (No privates sown during that entire scene. There's also a lot of passionate kissing in some scenes. There are about three swear words, one of them in Spanish subtitles. There's a scene where Zorro gets drunk and some scenes of people drinking achole. And a few scenes of people/horse smoking, such as the scene when elena is smoking her pipe. I think it's a great movie and there's also some new actors in this movie also that weren't in the first. I wish there's a third one. Since last year i wanted to make a third one called "the daughter of zorro" and wanted to right a book about it also. The plot to that idea is that quaquin becomes the new zorro and in the begining he is all grown up and in a feild with his wife having a small funeral for his dead father. the bell rings so he goes to town and saves the people. He has a daughter and he tells stories of her great grandfather, grandfather and his stories and adventuries they all had. She was always fasinated of hereing the stories and the more she here's the stories when she grows up she's decideds that she wants to be the next Zorro. She starts secretly watching her father (Quaquin) train and practice in his training layer and starts practing the moves herself. ahe gets really good so she starts to make a new zorro name for her and calls her the new "Zorra" she then starts to draw clothing deiseins for her and picks one that would look good on her. she starts to make it and did the technices that her mother showed her while she was growing up. she made two extra suits/clothing for her just in case. She starts trining and copies the moves that her father does and told her in his stories. She soon trains herself and starts to go out at night and when she here's the bell. that's what i came up so far for my idea. I think
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bysss April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Adult Written byJodilbehrens April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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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 action, too much editing and not enough care about basic details. I was so bored that I found myself critiqueing Katherine Zeta Jones' hair and makeup. I was surprised to see spidery hairs escaping her "do" and detract from that gorgious face of hers. The original was so much better!

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