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July 30th, 2014 Movie – The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002)

count of monte cristo 2002Tonight is the premier of Sharknado 2: The Second One so I figured I would go ahead and review the first Sharknado. Huh? “…” What do you mean I can’t do that? “…” Look, it’s my blog and I can jump ahead if I want to. “…” Well, why not? “…” But I want to review it now, “…” Fine, fine. Stop guilting me with my own conscience of what’s right. Sorry about that folks. Like I said, today’s movie is the latest film adaptation of the classic piece of literature, The Count Of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas.

The plot: During the course of a voyage, Edmond Dantes makes a stop on Elba Island to seek medical aid for his ailing Captain. While on the island, he is asked by Napoleon to deliver a letter to an old comrade of his. Upon his arrival back home, he is betrayed by his former first mate and his friend and arrested for treason. After spending 13 years imprisoned on the island prison of Chateau d’If, Dantes manages to escape with the help of a former priest. Plotting revenge on the ones who had him imprisoned, Dantes finds a long lost treasure and uses his new found wealth to become a Count and obtain his revenge.

I will admit that I have not read this book yet. I have read 2 other novels by Dumas, The Three Musketeers and The Man In The Iron Mask, and enjoyed both of those books so I am sure I would enjoy this one as well (right now I am sure one or more of my friends are telling me I should drink). The thing is, I always like to read the books that movies are based on just so I can . Now I am not going to get into that debate on which is better, the book or the movie. That debate has been going on for years and will most likely be going on for more years to come. It is all a matter of personal opinion.

Now since I haven’t read the book, I can’t say how closely this followed the actual story so let’s just focus on the movie itself. I liked this movie. There was plenty of drama and action in it to hold most people’s interest, plus some comedic spots that were rather funny. Jim Caviezel was pretty good in his role as Edmond Dantes, playing off both his despair at his imprisonment plus his rage at those that did him wrong. Guy Pearce was great, absolutely nailing the role of a spoiled, rich kid. I also liked Luiz Guzman’s character because he added some comedy to almost every scene he was in.

So if you want to get an idea on what some classic literature is like, go read the book. But if you don’t feel like reading (and honestly, who doesn’t like reading?), then watch this movie so you can get a feel for how the book is.

Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5

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