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YMMV: The Mask of Zorro
  • Anvilicious: Arguably, both films seem to carry a recurring trend that, when Zorro loses focus and starts thinking of his own gain or gratification, things go very wrong for him. (Significantly observable in the second film where everything turns around for Zorro after he prays for the strength to do what's right.)
  • Awesome Music: James Horner cuts loose with an outrageously fun, Latin-flavored score.
  • Complete Monster: Captain Harrison Love, the Psycho for Hire Dragon, keeps the dismembered body parts of Alejandro's brother pickled in alcohol, which he drinks "based on an Incan custom". When he learns Zorro has the means to expose Don Rafael's plan (buying California with stolen gold), he calmly suggests destroying the mine to hide evidence of the theft...with the slaves who did the mining still inside, "to destroy all the evidence".
  • First Installment Wins: The Mask Of Zorro is a great film (Roger Ebert went so far to say it was one of the best Zorro films ever made), The Legend Of Zorro... not so much.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "The pointy end goes into the other man"? Someone's been getting swordfighting lessons from Arya Stark...
  • Magnificent Bastard: Both Don Rafael and Don Diego. In the sequel, Armand.
  • The Scrappy: Seriously... who, after watching the first movie, apparently demanded that what the sequel needed was a child thrown into the mix??
  • Sequelitis: The general consensus seems to be that The Legend of Zorro was not so legendary, despite having the same leads and director.
  • Signature Scene: Zorro using his sword to render Elena topless.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Elena quickly getting over how easily Zorro stripped her might strike some as her having some Values Dissonance... at least until she gets caught, then she goes back to being properly embarrassed.

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