The Count Of Monte Cristo: Classically Entertaining

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The Count of Monte Cristo is fabulously entertaining with its mixture of revenge, love, suspense, and action sequences; transporting audiences back to a time when honor and loyalty were highly valued and a man’s last name was more important than the man himself. It seems there is something for everyone in this film. While the beautiful love story speaks to the romantic, the dueling swordplay and thought of buried treasure speaks to the inner child. Everyone in between will likely be moved by some aspect of the film. While the plot is exciting enough on its own, the awe-inspiring scenery, flavorful language, and superb acting are what turn this classic story into a truly enthralling and passionate film.
The most recent adaptation of Alexander Dumas’s classic novel, The Count of Monte Cristo, was directed by Kevin Reynolds and released in 2002. The story takes place in the 1820’s when France was moving away from the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte. The character of Edmond Dantes played by James Caviezel starts out a young lowly sailor who is madly in love with Mercedes Iguanada (Dagmara Dominczyk) and hopes to marry her once he acquires enough money to do so. His best friend Fernand Mondego (Guy Pearce) who also seems infatuated with Mercedes, knowingly turns Edmond over to the authorities for treason where he is imprisoned in Chateau d’If on a remote island for 13 years. During the first part of his stay in prison, Dantes wallows in misery and despair, but his luck begins to change when Abbe Faria (Richard Harris), an ex-soldier and priest, accidentally emerges in Dantes’s cell by way of an underground tunnel Faria dug intending to take him out of the prison. Faria then enlists Dantes to help him dig the tunnel in exchange for knowledge. Eventually, Faria dies due to the collapse of the tunnel and Dantes is able to escape the prison by removing his friend’s body from the body bag and placing himself inside. Once back in civilization Dantes and his new sidekick Jacapo (Luis Guzman) find the treasure of which the dead priest mentioned and use it to their advantage. The vast treasure is what allows Dantes to mascaraed as the fictional Count of Monte Cristo and devise a plan to claim his revenge on those who imprisoned him in the first place while also winning over his lost love Mercedes.
One of the reasons this film seems so believable is that the film sets don’t feel like sets at all. The majority of filming takes place in real locations in Ireland with authentically breathtaking scenery. It is plain to the audience that director Reynolds spared no expense when planning the sets and scenery and although many scenes take place within buildings, nearly every prop used is completely realistic and styled to the time period. “The period details are meticulous without being overdone,” claims one critic (Scott). The furniture and objects within Mr. Morrell’s and Villfort’s offices as well as in the homes of Fernand and Edmond, are plausible and are what one...

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