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".
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Don Rafael Montero gets this from the fans at times. By no means a one-dimensional villain, Montero does genuinely have some positive traits, such as being A Father to His Men who's willing to fight either Zorro on his own and doesn't ask his troops to do anything he wouldn't do himself in battle. Plus he genuinely does love Elena and tried to be as good of a father to her as possible. And he does show a small hint of hesitation over blowing up all the workers in the mine. However, none of this detracts from the fact that he was willing to have multiple innocent people executed just to draw out Zorro. And it doesn't change the fact that he only became Elena's father because he fought the first Zorro in a duel that led to her mother's death in the first place and then took the baby Elena from Don Diego and had Don Diego put in prison for up to two decades. And with regards to all the workers who slaved away in his mines, no matter how horrified he may have looked at Captain Love's suggestion to blow them all up, Don Rafael really had no qualms about enslaving those people and putting them into slave labor in the first place.
  • 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.
  • Fridge Logic: Did Diego know about Alejandro giving his daughter Elena a Shameful Strip when he decided to ship them together at the end?
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Magnificent Bastard: Both Don Rafael and Don Diego.
  • Nightmare Fuel: There's something really unsettling about Joaquin Murrieta's head floating in a jar of wine, particularly the eyes, staring away blankly.
  • Signature Scene: Zorro using his sword to render Elena topless.
  • Tear Jerker: The finale of the prologue, as Don Diego loses everything he cared for: His wife gunned down in front of him, his child taken to be raised by his Arch-Enemy, his home burned to the ground, and his freedom.
    Diego: Rafael!! You'll never be rid of me! Rafael!!!!
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