This is from the sequel to the fantastic first film starring Antonio Banderas. It didn't get much critical love at the time but after having just watched it I found it to be the near equal of the first one. It has a good villain in and a fun story that could have used with some more original comic moments. But the fight choreography is stellar as are all the leads who look like they are having a lot of fun. I even liked the Son of Zorro played by . For a child actor he can hold his own with everyone around him. His expressions are those of a kid thinking he isn't a kid but is really an adult like everyone around him. He demands that kind of respect. Catherine Zeta Jones is luminous as always. I am glad I avoided seeing this one again for so long. It reminded me of all the reasons I love the Zorro character. Good times in Old California.
However if you have never seen a Zorro movie with Banderas then you have to start with the brilliant original. In my top ten films of all time and a terrific adventure with a very underappreciated actor star in the lead role.