It’s 1850, and California is on the verge of joining the Union and becoming part of the United States. It’s a big step, but there are forces that would work to destroy California’s chances for peace and happiness – and working to defeat those forces is the masked mystery man known as Zorro.

A sequel to 1998’s The Mask of Zorro, The Legend of Zorro has a returning pair of leads – Antonio Banderas and Catharine Zeta-Jones – and a returning director, Martin Campbell. The first film’s screenwriters, Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, drafted the storyline that was then scripted by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The Legend of Zorro is, at heart, assembly-line filmmaking – which isn’t always a bad thing; some of moviemaking’s best-remembered moments of fun and adventure are off the big studio assembly line. With The Legend of Zorro, though, you feel like the final quality control person was at lunch, and missed the chance to correct all the little flaws and errors that culminate in a slightly poky and pre-fab adventure movie that’s neither flawed enough to hate nor inspired enough to love.
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