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The Legend of Zorro

A horrible cliché fawning the audience...
Zorro finds himself divorced from his love after many years of marriage. His private investigation of his former wives new husband unravels a devious plot.

When I saw the opening scene in this movie, I knew that this film would ruin my Sunday afternoon. It's hard to point out any distinct, major reasons for this feeling, but I'll try to give you a short and drastically compromised selection of some.

-When I go to see a movie I expect to be at least briefly challenged or puzzled as to what might come next in the plot. When I went to see this movie, I was obviously expecting way too much.

-A movie with cultural integrity can be excused for a 2+ hours duration. When over 50% of the movies scenes could be removed with minor interference to both the plot or the artistic value, it usually is for the best to shorten the movie.

-The humor was misplaced and outright cheap. This is a very grim comnination.

-An actionmovie should have better action. There was no nerve whatsoever in the actionsequences in this picture.

I could go on for pages, but I doubt it would make for any good reading. The saddest thing is that this film probably will become a blockbuster and make lots of money. This will again lead to more pictures who feeds the audience with unintelligent romance, action, drama and cheap "values". A picture with no edge, no thought, no artistic quality...

El kotbia

Nice and poetic movie from Marocco...
The first thing I noticed about this movie was that it contained a little too much clichés and a boring storyline. This is however not as bad as it sounds because of the films artistic values. Nawfel knows how to use the camera and deliver a good visual show. Tunisia is a beautiful scenario which suits this sad movie.

The film has lots of qualities. I think Nawfel is inspired by Henrik Ibsens infamous drama 'A Doll's House' and he's not afraid to use Ibsens retrospective technics and symbolic acts/figures. As a huge Ibsen fan I can't help but become charmed when I notice such things.

7/10 stars

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