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Steve Grisetti




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PostPosted: Thu 06 Oct, 2005 8:17 pm    Post subject: The Legend of Zorro         Reply with quote

I just got home from a pre-screening of The Legend of Zorro (it is not out for general release until October 28).

Lots of sword play - Zeta-Jones Cool as sultry as ever - Banderas is...well...Banderas.

The story line is even less plausible than the first Zorro film. There are some wacky anachronisms. For example, the film is set in 1850. The bad guy's main henchman is sporting, and bragging about, his Henry Rifle, which was first produced in 1860, if I recall correctly. Also, the bad guy has a secret weapon which was actually invented in 1864. And these are the small historical (hysterical?) issues.

Many of us have criticized some recent films due to historical inaccuracy. However, this one has no pretenses, in fact, goes out of its way to proclaim it is not meant to be accurate. It is just supposed to be good old fashioned, swashbuckling fun. And that's what it was for me. Thumbs up, here.

I will be interested in seeing if the general release version is the same as what I saw tonight. In the meantime, I think I'll go buckle my swash.
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PostPosted: Thu 06 Oct, 2005 11:51 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Do they still all wave their swords around like feather dusters, like in the first one?

'Cause that's the one thing that really grated on my nerves...

The subtle tongue, the sophist guile, they fail when the broadswords sing;
Rush in and die, dogs -- I was a man before I was a king.
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PostPosted: Fri 07 Oct, 2005 12:36 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Zorro movies should have bad swordplay and wacky anachronisms. It's historically accurate. Laughing Out Loud
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PostPosted: Fri 07 Oct, 2005 3:31 am    Post subject: Re: The Legend of Zorro         Reply with quote

Steve Grisetti wrote:
In the meantime, I think I'll go buckle my swash.

Make sure it's buckled tight: there's nothing worse than a loose swash. Razz

"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword." - The Lord Jesus Christ, from The Gospel According to Saint Matthew, chapter x, verse 34, Authorized Version of 1611
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PostPosted: Fri 07 Oct, 2005 3:54 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Is Antonio Banderas still "vigorous"? Wink
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PostPosted: Fri 07 Oct, 2005 7:57 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Anton de Vries wrote:
Zorro movies should have bad swordplay and wacky anachronisms. It's historically accurate. Laughing Out Loud

Touché...

The subtle tongue, the sophist guile, they fail when the broadswords sing;
Rush in and die, dogs -- I was a man before I was a king.
-- R. E. Howard, The Road of Kings
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Steve Grisetti




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PostPosted: Fri 07 Oct, 2005 5:27 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Pamela Muir wrote:
Is Antonio Banderas still "vigorous"? Wink

Ummm. Eek! You would probably be the better judge of that, Pamela.... Laughing Out Loud
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Mikko Kuusirati




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PostPosted: Sat 08 Oct, 2005 5:01 am    Post subject: Re: The Legend of Zorro         Reply with quote

Steve Grisetti wrote:
In the meantime, I think I'll go buckle my swash.

Of course, what you really want to be doing is swashing your buckler - y'know: you hang it from the hilt of your sword and as you go swaggering forth they "swash" together. The sound basically says "bravo looking for trouble, any takers?"

See, the word "swashbuckler" is constructed like "sellsword", not "swordseller"...

*takes off the pedant hat*

The subtle tongue, the sophist guile, they fail when the broadswords sing;
Rush in and die, dogs -- I was a man before I was a king.
-- R. E. Howard, The Road of Kings
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