After his brother is murdered, a young thief is mentored by
the legendary Zorro, who is seeking revenge of his own.
The Mask of Zorro (1998)
Directed by Martin Campbell
Written by John Eskow, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
Starring Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stuart Wilson, Matt Letscher, Tony Amendola
Based on characters created by Johnston McCulley
Oscar Nominations - Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing
I have always loved this film. The Mask of Zorro is a highly exciting action romp, with elements of comedy and drama mixed in for good measure. It has a solid cast and a beautiful score by the always reliable James Horner. This film took a literary character beloved by millions and turned him into a pop culture icon.
I will say it was weird that the film tried to convince me that British thespian Anthony Hopkins was a Spanish Don named Diego de la Vega. While Hopkins was great in the role, I wish they'd cast a Spanish actor in his place. Antonio Banderas was terrific as the new Zorro, a role that seemed to be made for him.
The Mask of Zorro is a fantastic action film that deserved more attention and praise than it received. It still holds up today and is considerably better than its one and only sequel. I recommend it.