It has been seven years since the last Zorro film and it appears the franchise has run out of new ideas.
This story revolves around Zorro protecting his village and people while they work at getting California to accept statehood. There is a needed villain and swordplay plus a son who resents his father and idealizes Zorro, not knowing they are the same person.
While the story line is not complex, the action sequences are very effective. What has bothered me most is why this review has been difficult for me to write. I walked out of the film thinking how true the anguish a father feels at not having enough time for his family as Zorro does here, but we must understand the need he has to provide for and protect his son.
I think my conclusion is that I had not considered that, regardless of era, family duties remain basically the same. Pass on sound values, provide better for our offspring than we had and be sure they are safe.
It is this underlying theme that rose to the top for me in The Legend of Zorro and what helped this story work effectively. As we watch Antonio Banderas as Zorro and his wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) along with the son (Adrian Alonso) we feel the tension and resentment and the love that continues to bind the Don Alejandro de la Vega family. It's easy to forgive the weak script and forced dialog as we watch a family discover that chasing the American dream has some nightmares for the family, even for a hero - or super-heros like The Incredibles.